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Karen Dolliver

Team REI

"I am working towards making a difference for the planet as we waste so much these days"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 272 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    9
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Karen's Actions

Lifestyle

Naked Bins

I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Uncompleted
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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 3 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

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 1
DAILY ACTION

Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • 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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    Karen Dolliver 7/27/2021 7:37 PM
    I have noticed that steel razors are better quality and hold an edge much longer than a disposable one does.  I think that disposable razors were sold to appeal
    to people who were not careful with using a steel razor as the disposable razors have been designed to be more difficult to cut yourself with it.

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    Karen Dolliver 7/11/2021 5:29 PM
    I feel good about really trying to avoid plastics and will be heading to my local farmer to get milk in a mason jar!

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    Karen Dolliver 7/08/2021 9:29 AM
    I wanted to tell my teammates that I am so proud of you all for signing up for the challenge and that even if you don’t have a good day of reducing plastic waste on one day, it is okay!!  Tomorrow is another day to try.  We should all sign in at least once a week to record our progress.  Cumulatively we have already saved a lot of waste!!
    Wahoo!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

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    Karen Dolliver 7/08/2021 9:25 AM
    I have found that using bar soap with a wool covering around it lasts a lot longer than liquid soap from a bottle!  Another benefit is that it scrubs as you wash!  

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    Karen Dolliver 7/03/2021 8:03 PM
    I purchased silicone snack bags to start using instead of plastic baggies and they are so great to use.

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    Karen Dolliver 7/03/2021 7:56 PM
    I am proud of all my teammates for the great effort they have put in these past 3 days.  Keep up the good work!!