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Melody Byrum

TurtlePower

"Save the Sea Turtles!!! TurtlePower!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 363 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    28
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    20
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    14
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Melody's Actions

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 4 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Plastic Free Lunch Boxes

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and tupperware-like containers in my children's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Homemade Pet Treats

I will prepare my own pet treats to avoid plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Travel Toiletries

If traveling, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me in a TSA-approved reusable quart-sized bag.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Food

Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 5
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 3
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 5
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 4
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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup
    Since the restrictions that COVID-19 has required of our society, trying to use your own cup might present new barriers, as well as new opportunities for creative problem solving. How were you able to achieve success on this action? How can you make it a long-term habit?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:20 AM
    I make my own coffee at home and bring it with me to work in my own travel mug. My coffee place allows me to bring my own cup and I have one that I use when I happen to stop by. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:18 AM
    Even now it's very difficult. I don't always remember my reusable produce bags. It's easier to just reach for the plastic ones they keep in the stores. I am trying to remember. Baby steps. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusables at Work
    It is often true that we only have control over our own actions and not the collective community. How can you lead by example when it comes to switching disposables for reusable dishes in your community?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:17 AM
    My co-worker and I always use reusable bowls, silverware, and plates at work and have for years. It has caught on some and we have noticed other co-workers have started doing the same. It saves money and since we have sinks, we all take turns buying dish soap and sometimes we even wash each others dishes when we are crunched for time. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:15 AM
    We bought reusable plastic bags and those work great for stuff that we would normally use baggies for. And we always use plastic boxes for our reusable food options. I haven't bought plastic wrap in years. But I do use my fair share of baggies. 
  • 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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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:14 AM
    I have noticed that some restaurants now supply paper straws instead of plastic. I would prefer to see this everywhere. Paper works just fine. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets All Natural Pet Toys
    In what ways is supplying your pet with all natural pet toys better for your pet, better for you, and better for the environment?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:13 AM
    I take old t-shirts and cut them up into scraps and braid them into tug of war toys. My dogs love to wrestle in the living room with them. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Homemade Pet Treats
    How could you reduce your waste even further (i.e. by making pet treats out of kitchen scraps or about-to-go-bad produce)?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:12 AM
    My pets loves getting scraps, so a lot of times, when I am cutting up produce that I know is safe for my dogs, I will keep the ones that are maybe too squishy or too ripe, or not quite bad but almost and either give it to them, or turn into a yummy cookie for them. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Toiletries
    What is the benefit of using bar soaps or refilling your travel sized containers? Is this an action you think you will keep in your life?

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    Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:11 AM
    I have reusable bottles that I have been refilling everytime we go on vacation. I never realized it as part of keeping plastic out of landfills, but as a way to save money. We have big bottles of our stuff at home, why throw away and buy new mini bottles, when we can refill the ones we have. 

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    Melody Byrum 7/07/2021 2:32 PM
    Hey team!!! Keep up the good work. We can do this one tiny piece of plastic at a time. 

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    Melody Byrum 7/02/2021 7:07 AM
    Hey, team. I did use a disposable plastic baggie in my lunch today. Force of habit and I immediately realized it when I went to grab another one. So I only used one and it won't happen again. I remembered I bought some reusable ones. Any tips on how to clean those suckers, they are hard to wash? May just stick them in the dishwasher and hope they don't melt. 

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      Melody Byrum 7/09/2021 8:24 AM
      I wish I had more time to hand wash. And I didn't think about using a bottle cleaner on the inside of the bags. I will have to remember when I wash them this weekend. I ruined one by putting messy stuff in it, now I put stuff that isn't messy in the reusable bags and put messy stuff in the reusable containers instead of bags. Much easier. Thanks for the bottle cleaner tip. 

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      Natasha D Silva 7/07/2021 10:54 PM
      Team Handwash! you can also a bottle cleaner on the inside