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Nicole Agresto

GSC Trash is Quack

"Out here just trying to save one turtle at a time."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 912 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    430
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    28
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    36
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Nicole's Actions

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Host a Watch Party

I will host a watch party with friends and/or colleagues to watch and discuss a movie about plastics.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Nicole Agresto 7/15/2020 12:16 PM
    This weekend I’m going to check out a couple farmers markets in the Triangle! I love
    the idea of being more sustainable, but also supporting small local businesses.

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    Nicole Agresto 7/14/2020 10:43 AM
    I was inspired by yesterday's documentary, The Story of Plastic, that I wanted to see if I could find more grocery stores who used bin refills. Pretty sure I can't add any more goals to my dashboard, but I want to try and shop more sustainably in regards to buying in bulk. PLUS, pantries look way more organized when they're in glass jars. :)

    Here's a list of other grocery stores in NC who can help you get started!
    https://www.litterless.com/bulk-food-guide/north-carolina

    • Michael Messer's avatar
      Michael Messer 7/15/2020 6:08 AM
      I already put most of my stuff in glass jars for aesthetics lol. Unfortunately that stuff usually comes in prepackaged containers first, so your list will be helpful. Thanks!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Nicole Agresto 7/14/2020 10:38 AM
    If you haven't had the chance to watch "Down to Earth with Zac Efron" docuseries on Netflix, DO IT! Not only is he still such a babe IMO, he and his co-host, wellness expert, Darin Olien travel to various parts of the world and explore what different countries do in regards to sustainability and how to effectively maintain an Eco-Friendly lifestyle. 

    It's an incredibly eye opening show that mixes education with entertainment. My main takeaway from the show is that the rest of the world is lightyears ahead of the US in terms of living sustainably – especially in regards to using the resources around them. 


  • Reflection Question
    Food Start Composting
    Do an inventory of how much food waste you would save from going to the landfill if you start composting all of the time. What are the added benefits of having compost that is readily accessible?

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    Nicole Agresto 7/14/2020 10:29 AM
    Checked back in with my compost bin to see how it's been doing after over a year of neglect and I'm excited to announce that she's still kicking – even has a few new tenants! She's a little dusty, but after I add a bit of water (I hope) she'll be back in business. 

    Stay tuned for a picture update! She'll need a few words of positive affirmation. 

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    Nicole Agresto 7/10/2020 1:44 PM
    Just had the genius afternoon idea to brew my own green tea and reuse my Tazo bottle! Stay tuned to see how great or shitty this could taste :)

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    Nicole Agresto 7/09/2020 10:46 AM
    I had a reward for a free Starbucks today and I can't possibly pass up FREE! That being said, I used plastic. I doubt you'll care, but I would like 5 more points for today. Hope you enjoyed my life update!

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    Nicole Agresto 7/08/2020 7:24 AM
    I came across this list of documentaries to watch for anyone who doesn't know where to start (such as myself): https://brightly.eco/8-must-see-documentaries-about-sustainability/

    My top 3 is:
    If any one is interested, maybe we could do a lunch and learn? Also, feel free to leave your favorite sustainability docs below too! I know there's more out there that I'm missing. 

  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Reusable Face Coverings
    In what other ways can you use creativity or innovation to reduce your waste while adapting to our current times?

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    Nicole Agresto 7/08/2020 6:26 AM
    One of the easiest ways to help the environment. Just don't be a nasty, wash it at least once a week!

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    Nicole Agresto 7/07/2020 10:57 AM
    Happy tootin' Tuesday! For today, I did some research and found bamboo toothbrushes with removable heads, which help cut down a smidge on waste. I can't wait to order these bad boys! They also have tooth paste bites, which seem.. interesting. I'm not totally convinced that they'll make my breath smell good yet.

    If anyone's interested in checking them out too 
    --> https://bitetoothpastebits.com 

    • Sara Payne's avatar
      Sara Payne 7/07/2020 4:18 PM
      Those brushes look awesome! I just ordered some tooth paste bites from Germany. Let me know if you end up trying the Bite ones.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

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    Nicole Agresto 7/07/2020 10:51 AM
    Haven't really noticed much of a shift at all, but a few of the locally owned shops have switched to paper and/or compostable straws.