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Lucas Coma

Seattle Aquarium Teens

"Team Earth!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 835 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    136
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    48
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    60
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    34
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Lucas's 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 13
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 3 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 20 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 2 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 14
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 7
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

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 13
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

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 15
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 14
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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • 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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    Lucas Coma 7/30/2021 3:34 PM
    I don't like this at all. I will continue to say no to 'flushable" wipes and will tell those that I know that use them that they are dangerous to our waterways and that if we don't stop using them, we will have microplastics in everything we consume!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Ditch Dryer Sheets
    Often, single-use and disposable products don't just create more trash - they also contain toxins that are bad for humans. What are some other single-use items that are harmful to humans?

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    Lucas Coma 7/22/2021 1:24 PM
    My Mom finally purchased the dryer balls to use instead of dryer sheets. It went against the "buy only what you need" category a bit but we justified it that it was a need because it was saving something else. 
  • 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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    Lucas Coma 7/12/2021 4:27 PM
    This is an easy challenge for me and my family. We keep reusable bags handy to use at the grocery store. We never use plastic bags and use compostable bags for our dog's waste. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

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    Lucas Coma 7/12/2021 4:22 PM
    My family has made the commitment to only purchase food and necessary health care/personal items during the month of July. We had already really reduced our monthly spending during Covid but realize that we don't really need that new shirt unless we've grown out of an old one. We did reduce our entertainment expenses too and try to do more outdoor adventure type things that don't cost much money other than entrance fees to the National Parks etc. 
  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Lucas Coma 7/11/2021 12:49 PM
    During the car ride to a baseball tournament, my family and I discussed the coral reefs and how we impact them. I did some research for a project this last school year and shared my paper and findings with my family and explained how they can make a difference with just a few small changes in their day to day habits. 
  • Reflection Question
    Family Glass Bottle Baby
    How can you take your commitment to sustainable living beyond yourself and your family? How can you, personally, work toward broader change?

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    Lucas Coma 7/11/2021 12:38 PM
    While out of town for a baseball tournament, my family and I found some cool stainless bottles to replace our plastic drink bottles and eliminate single use water bottles. The stainless bottles keep things so much colder too!
  • 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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    Lucas Coma 7/06/2021 2:31 PM
    Instead of the regular toys, we purchased a chewy toy made from beef cheek which is way better than rawhide for a dog and it's using all of the parts of the cow so that their death is not a waste. 
  • 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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    Lucas Coma 7/06/2021 2:29 PM
    I skipped the straw today and have tried to make the switch to compostable when offered. I have a reusable straw but it never feels like it gets clean even with the pick cleaner clear. 
  • 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?

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    Lucas Coma 7/05/2021 3:19 PM
    My dad and I purchased a razor for me today. We've put the remaining disposable razors into the Queen Anne Helpline Bin as they were asking for them for the homeless. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Lucas Coma 7/05/2021 3:17 PM
    I walked the dog with my mom this morning and took a bag to pick up garbage. I did just 6 pieces but could do it every day and more to help keep the Queen Anne community clean.