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Caroline Carter

Sustainability Corps in Action!

Points Total

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  • 692 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    87
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    168
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    87
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    202
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    398
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    377
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    87
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Caroline's Actions

Food

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Thoughtful Toys

I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 10 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 60 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

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

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

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

Uncompleted
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

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Say No to Styrofoam

Throughout its life cycle, polystyrene (styrofoam) can harm people, communities, and the planet. I will refuse styrofoam whenever I can, making sure to kindly let people know why I'm asking for alternative packaging.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 30 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

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 19
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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 8 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Smart
    How can/did you prepare to be successful in this action? Did you engage in conversation with anyone about your new habit?

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    Caroline Carter 7/30/2021 7:41 AM
    When I began to pack and prepare for our upcoming camping trip, I tried to research items and ways we could purchase camping gear that was reusable,  sustainable, or plastic free. This was not an easy task! The cost of these sorts of items is significantly more than your standard plastic ones. I also learned from speaking with experienced campers that plastic is a lighter material which is often why it's chosen for hikers/campers due to the less weight they have to carry to the camp site.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Say No to "Flushable Wipes"
    Even though they are marketed as "flushable," disposable wipes do not disintegrate in water or the sewer system, and actually release microplastics into our waterways. How does it feel to learn this information? What do you want to do about it?

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    Caroline Carter 7/30/2021 7:36 AM
    I was surprised to hear flushable wipes were actually harmful for our water ways and environment. I don't understand why companies would create items like this if they're aware of the hazards it causes.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

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    Caroline Carter 7/30/2021 7:35 AM
    During our waste audit, I learned we threw away a lot of items that could be composted or recycled. At our new home, we now have the ability to have recycling picked up for us so everything we're able to recycle goes in the recycling bin. I learned we needed to reduce the amount of bottled water bottles we were using on a daily basis as well.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Caroline Carter 7/30/2021 7:29 AM
    I've always loved thrift shopping, even before it became a popular thing to do, because I'd find items no one else had. Buying vintage pieces, whether they are furniture or clothing, helps to show my sense of personality both in my home and in public. I don't need fast fashion brands to express myself when there are plenty of great items waiting for me at my favorite thrift store!
  • 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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    Caroline Carter 7/28/2021 8:04 AM
    Outside of the positive impact composting has on the environment, it also really helps my house plant babies grow!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Say No to Styrofoam
    How might styrofoam be an environmental justice and/or environmental racism issue in your community?

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    Caroline Carter 7/23/2021 7:49 AM
    Styrofoam is used quite a bit in our community, especially for take out food. One of my favorite restaurants uses Styrofoam for everything (cups included) and when I asked them about it, they said it saves on their "water usage from having to clean dishes". I'm unsure if this is accurate, so I want to do more research.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Prevent Recycling Contamination
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Caroline Carter 7/23/2021 7:47 AM
    Local haulers in our area accept clean aluminum, plastics #1-7, cardboard, paper, and some wood products. I am unable to recycle some plastics from food packaging, soiled paper plates, or debris from the yard. The most difficult part of recycling for our family is noticing how much we weren't recycling before! haha
  • Reflection Question
    Family Provide the Alternatives
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) does your family regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Caroline Carter 7/08/2021 8:46 AM
    We use many plastic bags when we go grocery shopping, we purchase items online which have many packages in plastic, and sometimes use straws when out to eat. We have started using reusable bags for groceries, limiting online purchases of new items, and have started declining straws when offered when we are dining away from home.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Caroline Carter 7/06/2021 6:35 AM
    I think social media shares my values because it gives me an outlet to inform others of what's important to me and my family.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Get Rid of Glitter
    How can you and your little one exercise your creativity without creating more plastic waste?

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    Caroline Carter 6/28/2021 10:29 AM
    Find videos to show the kids