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Michelle Coley

Sioux Falls Conservation Alliance

"To create a more sustainable world locally and globally through action and conversation."

Points Total

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  • 862 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    102
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    109
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    572
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    410
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    5
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    5
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    99
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Michelle's 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

Natural Paints

I will paint rooms in my home with low/no VOC or natural paints.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 5 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 15 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Reusable care products

I will use sustainable ear swabs such as Last Swab as well as cloths in my daily hygiene routine to keep non biodegradable paper waste products out of the environment.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Pooper scooper

I will use biodegradable waste bags when picking up behind my dog.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Enjoy the go

I will use sustainable toilet paper products as well as other means of cleaning after using the bathroom to stop deforestation and the slow biodegradation of paper products in our sewer systems.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Bring your own packaging

I will bring my own packaging to restaurants that I visit or ask for reusable/recyclable packaging such as foil.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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 30
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

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

COMPLETED 30
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

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

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

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

Community

Share My Actions

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

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Homemade Pet Treats

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

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

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

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

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 20 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic reduction-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 60 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

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

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

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    Michelle Coley 7/08/2021 6:21 AM
    How can we make our facilities more sustainable?

    Here at the BHA I have reduced the amount of waste and plastics that we use in the animal care departments by buying reusable items like silicone storage for the fridge, stainless steel food containers for the animals (a great way to prevent bacteria built up too!), toothbrushes made from recycled ocean plastics for cleaning exhibit decor, recycled scrubbing brushes, reusable sponges and tools, and we even have been engaging in using an electronic waste company here in Sioux Falls to assist with recycling old electrical equipment that does not work any more.

    What does everyone else do when it comes to reducing waste with the care of their animals?

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    Michelle Coley 7/05/2021 6:42 AM
    Yesterday's 4th of July parade was a lesson in how the general community sometimes has a hard time understanding their impacts on the environment. Candy, swag, and other items all wrapped in plastic were thrown out on Phillips Ave for kids to pick up and collect and in the aftermath so much was left behind. We waited until the end of the parade to go around collecting the waste left behind and the number of pieces of candy littered across the street and plastic wrappers was alarming.

    It was worth it to stay but definitely showed a need for more conversation in a realm that a lot of folks seems uncomfortable with: these companies that provide these things. It was the vendors and groups in the parade that were the guilty party more than the people waiting for swag. 

    So how can we communicate with these larger community influences and help them better understand their impacts? What kind of things can we offer to them to help them succeed? But most importantly why are we so afraid sometimes to approach these larger voices that will make the bigger impacts?

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    Michelle Coley 6/25/2021 6:04 AM
    Living sustainably does not have to be hard and there are so many companies that provide resources to do so. These are just a few of the companies I have used regularly outside of resources I have found in downtown Sioux Falls:

    Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve - all natural shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, face wash, bug repellant, etc
    Treehugger - natural women's sanitary needs
    Nicki's Diapers - Washable trash bags
    Final Company - Foldable straws, forks, sporks, reusable wipes, etc.
    Outlery - Reusable, easy to carry utensils
    Last Swab/Last Wipe - Reusable cotton swab and wipes
    Marley's Monsters - Reusable paper towels/towels
    Who Gives a Crap - Bamboo toilet paper (that's actually soft!)
    Dropps - Plant-based laundry pods, eco friendly dryer balls, microplastic collecting ball
    Ruut - Toothpaste bites and mouthwash tablets without chemicals and no plastic packaging

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    Michelle Coley 6/22/2021 9:58 AM
    If anyone would like resources for all natural laundry detergent without chemicals and no environmental impact, micro plastic collecting balls for the washer, natural dryer ball controls for faster drying and freshening clothes, all natural shampoo and body care products in plastic free packaging, travel straws and utensils that are compact and fit in your purse, and more please let me know. I have been doing the research and using products that protect that environment and reduce my plastic usage for the past 8 years and all my companies are supporters of zoos and aquariums.