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Karla Couto

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Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 320 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4.0
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    7.0
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Karla's Actions

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 1 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 60 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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One-Time Action

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.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use a Reusable Mug

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Fill a Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Choose Reusable Food Storage

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip Plastic Bags

When possible, I will not use disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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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    Karla Couto 7/25/2022 12:57 PM
    I need to control my impulsive purchases for my finance and mental health. I'm trying to think more before buying and ask me If I really need something and in general I don't need.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Switch to Loose Leaf Tea
    Take time to reflect or meditate over your plastic-free cup of tea. Share your thoughts and reflections with us here!

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    Karla Couto 7/25/2022 12:49 PM
    Some time ago I started to use leaf tea without individual bags, now this is a habit and drinking tea is a nice ritual in my day, although I need to do this ritual more frequently.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Reusable Food Storage
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Karla Couto 7/25/2022 12:39 PM
    I am buying clean products in refill packing and I am using identified juice bottles to keep those products.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Karla Couto 7/25/2022 11:53 AM
    I often carry a reusable bag in my purse for occasional bouthgs but it is common I go out to walk and remember to buy something when I am not carrying my reusable bag... I need to improve this behavior...
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug
    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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    Karla Couto 7/25/2022 11:19 AM
    I prefer to use reusable mugs and I always use reusables if possible. When I go out with big purses I try to bring my own bottle/mug... This is not true for the weekly fair. I need to change this.
  • 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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    Karla Couto 7/19/2022 10:33 AM
    For me it was a great surprise when I saw reusables at Salesforce office. In my prior job I often brought my reusables from home like cups, bottles, silverware etc to the office. I think using these items is nice, more comfortable and helps to lessen the waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Fill a Water Bottle
    Using the links provided, investigate the bottling practices of water corporations. There have been many cases where the water rights of the local people have been violated or even completely disregarded when a corporation decides to bottle water from a particular water source. How can you advocate for those who have been harmed by this bottling process?

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    Karla Couto 7/19/2022 8:20 AM
    I'm trying to change my habits and think about what is made by who when I buy whatever. In general we have good water at home and don't need bottled water, but the industry makes us believe that we need it.

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    Karla Couto 6/02/2022 6:04 AM
    I think it's possible reduce, but many times we forget the best practices, I will try return for some practices wich I believe and I know that is possible for me