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Eco-Challenge: Prioritize plastic pollution prevention

 Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

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As part of our commitment to Earth via our Laudato Si’ Action Plan, we are inviting everyone who shares in our charism to take a monthly Eco-Challenge with us.

Avoid plastic from the start

Plastic Free July is a global movement that offers us the opportunity to commit to personal change and advocate for systemic change to free our world from plastics. Many Sisters of St. Joseph and our charism partners have committed to do the following:

  • Enjoy drinks in refillable water bottles, not single-use plastic bottles
  • Use washable, reusable cutlery, cups and plates, not plastic straws and disposable cutlery at restaurants
  • Use bar shampoo, conditioner and soap, not those sold in single-use plastic bottles
  • Bring reusable bags for fruit and vegetables and groceries, not the plastics available in the store
  • Bring refillable mugs and glassware to stores when buying coffee or other beverages, not single-use coffee cups coated in plastic
  • Wash clothes with laundry sheets or dry powder, not liquid laundry soap that comes in plastic jugs

These small changes can add up to a big impact!

Take the Eco-Challenge

Plastic Free July 2024 badge includes a sea turtle in place of the zero in 2024.

We hope you can join us in making these plastic swaps. However, this month’s Eco-Challenge emphasizes learning more about the impact that plastic pollution is having on our health and our planet. Hopefully, you will join our efforts in making our world more plastic-free.

Spread the word

  • Leave a comment about how you’re taking the challenge below.
  • Invite others to take the July Eco-Challenge by sharing our post on Facebook and Instagram.

2 thoughts on “Eco-Challenge: Prioritize plastic pollution prevention”

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    I use sheets of detergent and bar soap but have psoresis on my head so have to use bottle shampoo. I live in apt. building and recycle soap bottles that others leave behind. I also recycle any # 1 and 2 plastics that come my way.

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    This is a fine survey and info. A question about type of living place would improve validity of results. I say this because I live in a nursing home (many of our elders do also) and can not control most of the choices surveyed.

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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are a congregation of Catholic sisters. We, and those who share our charism and mission, are motivated in all things by our profound love of God and our dear neighbors. We seek to build communities and bridge divides between people. Since our first sisters gathered in 1650, our members have been called to “do all things of which women are capable.” The first sisters of our congregation arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in 1836, and we now have additional locations in St. Paul, Albany, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Japan and Peru. Today, we commit to respond boldly to injustice and dare to be prophetic.


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