Last Wednesday, at Oakland’s Earth Expo, I asked attendees to fill out green pledge cards vowing to give up some plastic from their lives. Those who pledged were entered in a random drawing for a gift basket, containing all kinds of less-plastic goodies: ChicoBag, reusable water bottle, & bamboo cutlery donated by Whole Foods Oakland; cloth produce bag donated by Green Sangha; LunchBots containers; GlassDharma straw; LaundryTree soapnuts; Ecology Center membership, all donated by those respective companies.
And the winner is: MagdaLena Koper!
Many people took the pledge on Wednesday, and I thought it would be nice to share their responses here. Would you like to take the pledge too? Please leave a comment below. I’ll come up with a small surprise gift for one lucky online winner.
To do my part to spare our oceans from plastic pollution and take responsibility for plastic waste, I pledge to replace the following plastic items(s) with a healthy reusable alternative. (Please indicate what plastic item(s) you will give up and what you’ll replace it/them with, if applicable.)
Maura: Bring shopping totes. Reuse produce bags.
Chris: Forego plastic drinking bottles. Keep informing people through Baba’s Green Tips. Use plastic detritus in shrine art.
Kelly: Give up detergent in plastic bottles.
Sadie: Replace laundry soap with natural products.
Calvin: Get rid of Tupperware; use glass containers for storage.
Lesley: Give up plastic baggies.
Kenyatta: I will give up plastic silverware and plates.
Joyce: Be conscious of packaging. Buy based on packaging. No more bottled water. No more plastic bags.
Giselle: I already got rid of all plastic containers, bottles, and plastic junk. I pledge to try the LaundryTree!
Anastasia: I will bring reusable containers to restaurants for leftovers.
Drew: Use canvas bags for groceries. Reusable water bottle.
Diamond: To use less water bottles, I will refill them more.
Lucia: I pledge to give up plastic and get educated.
Sharon: Use cotton bags.
Kathy: Give up plastic bags.
Leslie: Give up plastic to-go cups. Promise to always have my mug!
Elizabeth: Give up plastic container for lunch plates.
Erin: Give up plastic bags and plastic bottles.
Arman: I pledge to use canvas bags when I shop at grocery stores.
Amy & Zadie: We pledge to bring our own water bottle everywhere!
Kimlan: Continue to use cloth bags and own cutlery & chopsticks as well as Eco Canteen for water.
Ahmir: My lunch bags.
Mary: Give up plastic bags.
Jason: I will use a refillable water container.
Liza: Purchase low waste items and use reusable bags.
Kathryn: Give up plastic grocery bags and six pack rings.
Camoni: Give up plastic bags.
Margaret: Carry reusable bags all the time. No plastic bags EVER.
Tiffany: I pledge to not use plastic bags.
Maryann: Give up plastic juice bottles!
Jane: Cloth grocery bags. Buy in bulk. No individual containers. Brita instead of bottled H2O.
Joyce: Give up plastic water bottles.
Simmie: I do recycle bags and plastic water bottles.
Tom: Give up trinket boxes and water bottles.
Magda: Use corn starch utensils and sugar cane bio plates and containers.
What ideas do you have? Please take the pledge and leave your answer in the comments.
Read more Earth Day posts from the Green Moms Carnival, hosted today at A Passion For Green Business.