July 1 - July 31, 2019

Lisa Bello

Ossur Philadelphia

"Reduce and refuse single-use plastics and try my best to create a positive impact in the world"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,159 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    30
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    39
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    30
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

Challenges

Community

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for planet-friendly policies.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY CHALLENGES

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY CHALLENGES

Family

Provide the Alternatives

I will provide daily plastic free alternatives (straws, water bottles, cuttlery, bar soap, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.) for my family to use.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Takeout Pro

I will use my own containers when ordering takeout.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 Challenge

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Create Your Own Action

Sharing information daily

I will share information, ideas, suggestions, etc. on social media often. I will keep the information brief and the ideas simple to encourage participation.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY CHALLENGES

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  • Lisa Bello 7/30/2019 5:24 AM
    My husband, mother, and I participated in a clean-up of Reed's Beach yesterday evening.  I was very impressed by the fact that the beach was already very well kept. The main thing on the beach was deceased horseshoe crabs (common this time of year) and plovers. Very little trash was collected, but the group had a good time chatting about the local habitat, how we can help avoid pollution, etc.  The Cape May County Zoo hosted the clean-up effort. They are amazing people!

  • Lisa Bello 7/29/2019 10:00 AM
    How a company in Berlin is turning coffee grounds into recycled reusable cups:

    https://www.insider.com/berlin-based-kaffeeform-makes-cups-from-recycled-coffee-grounds-2019-6?utm_content=buffer4db49&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer-travel&fbclid=IwAR11FnL_F4EISlmEnLI0aFIGlSp7GbmQGUsxr4lqIbO7SA-OZAqC-xd94vk


  • Lisa Bello 7/25/2019 6:09 AM

    • Louisa Lubiak 7/26/2019 8:58 AM
      Hi Lisa, this is great news! I hope the US will follow the EU's lead, even if we have to do it state-by-state.

      I just want to tell you and your team to keep up the good work!

      ~Louisa Lubiak, SAGE EcoLogicals Team Captain

  • Lisa Bello 7/24/2019 7:34 AM
    My husband and I went to our favorite Mexican treat shop last evening where we saw that they had bamboo disposable utensils and I was inspired.  I wanted to see what options are available for biodegradable utensils and propose that we make the switch at work.  In this way, even if they go to a land fill, we’re not adding anything that will still be here 500 years from now and not adding any toxic chemicals associated with conventional plastic (such as polyvinyl chloride or dioxin).

    One of MANY suppliers of Eco-Friendly plates, cups, and cutlery:

  • Reflection Question
    Food Takeout Pro
    How could you mitigate issues that may arise if the restaurant does not want to let you use your own containers at first?

    Lisa Bello 7/20/2019 7:30 AM
    I've been fortunate that the restaurants that I visit have not had an issue with this at all. One of the young servers even commented how much she liked the idea and wanted to start doing this as well.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    Lisa Bello 7/20/2019 7:26 AM
    My husband and I watched "Garbage Island", a documentary about the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch".  It made me heartsick.  It really stresses how we are impacting our environment and all creatures in it - including us! Our dependency upon plastic needs to end and/or at least move to biodegradable plant based plastics. 

  • Lisa Bello 7/19/2019 5:01 AM
    Ditch the plastic water bottles for canned water and support a great charity too! Help the Earth and help children with one easy switch.

    https://www.cannedwater4kids.com/index.php?/get-involved/buy-water/

  • Lisa Bello 7/18/2019 4:25 AM
    I was inspired by Lorraine's recent post showing her reusable produce bags, so I went on Etsy.com and purchased a set for my family as well.  I'll be giving a couple to my mother and keeping a couple for myself.  These will be great for the grocer!  Our local farm stands already avoid plastic and use mainly paper bags, but these will be useful in helping them save their bags too.
    :-)
    Reusable produce bags.PNG 1.07 MB
  • Reflection Question
    Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel?

    Lisa Bello 7/17/2019 11:21 AM
    Sometimes it feels like we're fighting against a tide of apathy, but working with others to make a difference and participating in EcoChallenges really drives home how we're all connected in our communities and in the world. Working with others towards a common goal and sharing knowledge makes my heart very happy. :-)
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

    Lisa Bello 7/17/2019 6:30 AM
    I bought organic tooth cleaning powder from Butter Me Up Organics this past weekend. It is in a reusable glass jar so I can purchase refills. I plan to stop buying toothpaste in plastic tubes and ask my local grocers to carry toothpaste in metal tubes and/or tooth cleaning powder in glass jars.  I'll even provide a few suggestions for product options.  I'll make the case that I'd rather buy from the grocer, but cannot until they offer eco-friendly alternatives for those of us who are trying to reduce our plastic dependencies.