July 1 - July 31, 2019

Carey Compton

SAGE EcoLogicals

"Single Use Plastics are devastating our planet and killing many animals. It's time for us human to get our act together and rid our lives of using Single Use Plastics, Now. "

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 628 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    2
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    21
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Challenges

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 Challenge

Food

Minimize Packaging

I will purchase food items with the least amount of packaging.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY CHALLENGES

Pets

Pet Waste

I will spend 2 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY CHALLENGES

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own airplane snacks and eat at local restaurants to avoid take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Lobby for Reusables

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

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  • Carey Compton 7/31/2019 1:33 PM
    Thanks for another eco challenge. Keep up the good work everyone 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Lobby for Reusables
    What are some of the cases you could make to an employer for why switching to durable dishes and utensils is actually in their best interest as well?

    Carey Compton 7/30/2019 9:48 AM
    I am not sure if this would convince the cafe to use non plastic utensils  but hiring a dishwasher would help an unemployed person out.   

  • Carey Compton 7/30/2019 4:25 AM
    On my weekend travels, while I was advocating for not using single use plastic, with my reusable bags, I learned that Connecticut is going to charge 5 cents for each plastic bag starting soon (Aug. 1, 2019)   in all the stores, state wide.  

  • Carey Compton 7/30/2019 4:20 AM
    Picked blueberries at my Dad's house and ate them right from the bushes, so no plastics needed except for the reusable gallon milk jug cut off. 

  • Carey Compton 7/30/2019 4:18 AM
    Vehicle travel day is very hard to not generate plastic although I did my best with bringing in my reusable bags and reusable containers with me.  
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Pet Waste
    By composting your pet waste, you are turning waste into nutrients to feed the soil. In what other ways can you turn waste into a resource in your life?

    Carey Compton 7/21/2019 12:03 PM
    To compost whatever waste you can is a means to turn waste into a resource in each of our lives.  Composting is relatively easy with a kitchen composter on the county that you empty to the outside composter daily or weekly and composted soil is rich in nutrients that you can use on your flower &/or vegetable garden.  Unfortunately, I was not able to get a pet waste service in my area so I will continue to let the dog do his business out in the small woods area out back where his decomposes into the soil there away from surface water like river or stream.  And, when we walk the dog we use biobags that are biodegradable dog waste bags that go into the garbage and decompose there.  
  • 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?

    Carey Compton 7/20/2019 10:24 AM
    That's easy, I ask a colleague walking down the hallway at lunchtime carrying a plastic bag, why in 2019 do they not have a reusable bag to put their take out lunch in?  I have also noticed on occasion  if what's in the plastic bag is styrofoam, and if so then why haven't they asked for an alternative or brought their own from home to take out in a more sustainable container. After all, it is 2019, right?  I have worked at my DEP office for nearly 30 years and its good to see the younger generation come in and start, so I feel its my duty to let them know carrying plastic is supporting a fossil fuel industry that we don't want to support, I ask, right?  They smile and it gets them thinking....for next time. 

  • Carey Compton 7/19/2019 10:10 AM
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    Basically #4-7 plastics are the worst that should be avoided at all costs

    • Louisa Lubiak 7/19/2019 11:54 AM
      Thanks for posting the plastics chart, very informative. By the numbers, this is one "lottery" I wish I didn't have to play every day.  }:-P

  • Carey Compton 7/19/2019 9:50 AM
    I am trying not to use my cube garbage can with a frequently changed plastic bag when I do use it . 

  • Carey Compton 7/19/2019 9:37 AM

    • Carey Compton 7/19/2019 10:08 AM
      In fact #6 apparently does leach so I will divinity reframe from getting it with my take out food ever again - see attached # of plastics and “Does it Leach?” Is the 4th column and “Recycles?” Is the 5th column 

    • Carey Compton 7/19/2019 9:43 AM
      I do reuse and will reuse that small #6 plastic little cup but I really should reframe from taking it at all because it’s not Recyclable that I know of and from what I’ve seen, it may leach - ugh !!!