Skip to main content
Marianne Barrier's avatar

Marianne Barrier

ECO-NCMNS

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,435 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    170
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    100
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    38
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    28
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    47
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    2
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Marianne's Actions

Food

Going Plant-based

Eat at least one vegetarian meal per day! *If you have already do this or have other goals, consider eating vegetarian or vegan for the entirety of the month

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Naked Bins

I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 15 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 15 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging, making sure to wash them well before using them.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Wipe-out Waste

I will stop using non-reuseable make-up wipes or cotton pads and use wash cloths or zero waste alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit - including recyclables and compost - to understand how much waste I create and where I can reduce the most.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 15 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 15 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

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 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 1 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • Marianne Barrier's avatar
    Marianne Barrier 7/31/2021 11:34 AM
    This has been a good challenge. I feel like I've learned a lot and yet there's still much to learn. I've made a good start with becoming more aware of the impact of what I buy and use.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

    Marianne Barrier's avatar
    Marianne Barrier 7/29/2021 8:22 AM
    I think that produce started being packaged in more plastic as marketing for convenience and in response to the general trend for overcleaning everything to the point that we have to seal in "nature".
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using reusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable food packaging or eating utensils, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

    Marianne Barrier's avatar
    Marianne Barrier 7/27/2021 12:20 PM
    I appreciate that more restaurants are adding an option to skip the plastic utensils in an online delivery order. Unfortunately, this is not always an option or sometimes they add them anyway. It's hard to figure out how best to get them to change their default habit from automatically providing the plastic utensils. I think that perhaps a push on social media might be helpful if we can find a way to get others to join us for a large push.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

    Marianne Barrier's avatar
    Marianne Barrier 7/27/2021 12:16 PM
    This is an area where I am still working to find alternatives. Time is often the hindrance at making more things myself instead of buying them (in packaging).
  • Reflection Question
    Food Switch to Loose Leaf Tea
    Take time to reflect or meditate over your plastic-free cup of tea. Share your thoughts and reflections with us here!

    Marianne Barrier's avatar
    Marianne Barrier 7/27/2021 12:14 PM
    I switched to loose-leaf tea several years ago when I noticed the taste difference. I could taste the tea bag when I would brew with a standard tea bag. Since I actually drink my tea cold most of the time anyway, I prefer brewing a large amount, then store it in the fridge. I bought a set of 1 liter flip-top glass bottles that I fill with the tea. They're the perfect size to store in the fridge and carry with my when I go out for the day. Once I started making a stock of tea each week, I no longer drink any soda, which eliminates those plastic bottles and the unneeded sugars. yay!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care That Was a Close Shave
    What have you noticed about the economic and social impact of switching to steel razors? Was there ever really a need for disposable razors, or do you think it was just a way to sell more things?

    Marianne Barrier's avatar
    Marianne Barrier 7/27/2021 12:05 PM
    I think the trend of disposable razors was just a marketing option for selling more things that needed replacing.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Brusha Brusha Brusha
    What are the benefits of switching to bamboo toothbrushes? How would you implore others in your community to make this switch as well?

    Marianne Barrier's avatar
    Marianne Barrier 7/27/2021 11:49 AM
    I purchased a few different bamboo brushes to test. I plan to bring one to my dentist at my next checkup to suggest they look into providing these instead of the standard plastic brushes in the bags they hand out. I was pleased that at my most recent checkup, the bag of supplies they handed me was paper instead of plastic, so I feel like they may be open to a change if the cost is close enough.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Going Plant-based
    What was your experience trying a more plant-based diet? Will you continue eating plant-based or incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet in the future?

    Marianne Barrier's avatar
    Marianne Barrier 7/27/2021 11:37 AM
    It hasn't been too hard to eat a more plant-based diet in times when fresh vegetables and grains are plentiful. I'm hoping to collect more recipes for plant-based soups and other dishes that I can prepare in large quantities and freeze. This will give me ready-made meals in times when I'm too busy to prepare something from scratch.
  • 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.

    Marianne Barrier's avatar
    Marianne Barrier 7/27/2021 11:34 AM
    I have noticed that more places ask before automatically providing a straw with a drink. I have also seen some places offer plastic alternatives as well, such as paper straws.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

    Marianne Barrier's avatar
    Marianne Barrier 7/27/2021 11:32 AM
    I recently dug out some old foldable plates and cups that I bought many years ago for camping. When unfolded, they are flat and take up very little space. They are made of plastic, but are reusable. Each one is designed to fold into a specific shape, such as a mug, bowl, or slightly-curved plate. They are water-tight when folded and easy to clean and store.