Patty Dempsey and Andrea Phelps both have unique personalities, which is what makes their team so fun to work with. Continuing on the track of highlighting some of the things that make them special, this week we’re going to talk about Patty and her dedication to reducing her impact on the environment.
Patty’s drive to reduce, reuse and recycle has become deeply apart of her life over the last few years. It all started with her distaste for the landfill and expanded from there. She started noticing how many daily items get thrown away or how we don’t think about what happens to them once we put them in the trash. From here, she started investigating ways to reuse items and change the way she interacts with the environment.
“I am more cautious about what I buy and strive to recycle, re-use and re-purpose as much as possible.”
Patty reduces her waste by minimizing the use of clamshells as much as possible. Clamshells are those little plastic containers that hold your strawberries, to-go orders and electronics. They’re not recyclable through your regular recycling bin and it’s hard to find places that will actually take them. The best thing to do is to just not use them at all or to bring your own, reusable containers to the grocery store and use the bulk section or pick up your fruits and veggies from the Farmer’s Market.
Another way Patty makes an effort is by using Dropps Detergent, plant-based detergent that is shipped right to your door. It’s pretty amazing. They don’t use bottles like other detergents and they’re made from products that won’t damage the environment.
She also uses shampoo and conditioner bars instead of plastic bottles (they’re like soap bars, but for your hair!), glass reusable spray bottles for cleaning countertops, cloth instead of paper towels, reusable mesh bags for produce at the grocery store, reusable bags and cardboard boxes for groceries, local produce and meats, using cold water for laundry and hang drying whenever possible. She also recently had a high efficiency hot water heater and HVAC installed and a Nest device to control it. She uses her Hydro Flask as much as possible instead of plastic water bottles and reusable sandwich bags.
Recently, Patty has also added a few metal reusable straws to her purse so she doesn’t have to use the plastic ones at restaurants.
It’s hard to get into the habit of changing how we interact with our waste, but once we start thinking about it, it’s hard to stop. One thing that really helped Patty get more familiar with the options out there was Mighty Nest, a subscription box that sends you environmentally conscious alternatives
“I’m not perfect but it is a start.”