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October 11 - October 25, 2017
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Joann Held

NJDEP EcoLogicals


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participant impact

  • UP TO
    meatless or vegan meals
  • UP TO
  • UP TO
    waste composted

Joann's actions


Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) per day.



Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.



Compost Food Waste

I will avoid sending up to .69 lbs (.31 kg) of food waste to the landfill per day by composting my food or learning how to.



Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 5 hour(s) in my community.



Reduce Unwanted Mail

I will reduce the amount of unwanted mail I receive (catalogs, phone books, etc.).


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    Joann Held 10/25/2017 11:46 AM
    Shipped 22 lbs of dental care product packaging, 8 lb of Brita Filters, and 16 pounds of wine corks today - all collected at the Farmers Market this season. That's about 45 lbs of waste going to make new products instead of being sent to a landfill.  And... my basement is a lot less cluttered!

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      Carey Compton 10/25/2017 12:51 PM
      WOW!  We have a lot to look up to with all your sustainable activities and miles to catch up to all you do.  Thank you Joann

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    Joann Held 10/24/2017 6:49 PM
    Trying to reduce the amount of junk mail that I receive. During this Challenge period I: opted out of one Catalogue using Catalogue Choice; asked to be removed from one mailing list using DMA Choice; and sent notes to 13 companies using the postage paid envelopes included in their solicitation. Not much compared to the enormous stack of junk mail, but at least it's a start.

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      Audrey Dorofy 10/25/2017 9:36 AM
      That is a good idea.  I usually stand over the recycling bin tossing in all the junk mail before it even gets into my house.  So much better to prevent it from coming in the first place.

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    Joann Held 10/23/2017 7:16 PM
    I took my plastic bags to the store today, too. The plastics collected at Stop & Shop go to Trex where they are made into Adirondack Chairs and Deck material. They take an amazing array of plastics there, so I was able to include my cereal bags and lots of other odds and ends. 

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    Joann Held 10/21/2017 8:07 PM
    On Thursday I dropped off 3 bundles of clothes and other textiles at the collection bin at Tollgate Elementary School. Their program takes any kind of textiles (even socks with holes in them!) and makes sure that they get another useful life.

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    Joann Held 10/21/2017 8:05 PM
    Spent the morning helping to run the Pennington Farmers Market. A beautiful day to be out, supporting our local farmers and chatting with friends and colleagues who stopped by - building community. Also had a new student volunteer who was awesome.

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    Joann Held 10/18/2017 7:43 PM
    Today I delivered about 80 pounds of #5 plastic to Whole Foods. We collected it at the Pennington Farmers Market this Fall and it has been taking up a lot of room in our garage. Glad that it is finally on it's way to Preserve so it can be made into dishes and toothbrushes.

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      Carey Compton 10/23/2017 2:36 PM
      Wow Joann, you do so much and thanks for posting what they do with the #5s as we were wondering.  

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      i q 10/19/2017 3:18 PM
      And a nice way to get rid of clutter.  Those bags don't pay rent!

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    Joann Held 10/17/2017 1:22 PM
    Today I called a friend who makes regular visits to the local metal scrap recycler and he came to pick up the stuff I have been saving up over the past year: 3 broken tent canopy frames, several poles, a pile of lawn sign stands, and a box full of miscellaneous items. So glad to have them out of my garage and off to being made into something new.

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    Joann Held 10/15/2017 6:17 PM
    Found this website with lots of ways to cut down on junk mail. I'm going to start in on some of them right away.

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    Joann Held 10/12/2017 8:04 PM
    Packing for a weekend retreat, I know they are going to be offering me beverages in paper cups. So I am taking along my own mug. Might back my own cloth napkin, too.

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    Joann Held 10/11/2017 8:16 PM
    I used Catalogue Choice several years ago to reduce unwanted Catalogues and it was great. Now I want to reduce other mailings, such as solicitations for donations and credit cards. Where can I go for help with that?