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Jennifer Klotz

Life's Fantastic, With No Plastic!

"Plastic use and waste management will be at the forefront of all my decisions this year and beyond!"

Points Total

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  • 1,448 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    3
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    280
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    620
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    11
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    4
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Jennifer's Actions

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 15 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Give Up Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Iced Coffee Alternative

I looove iced coffee in the summer but it’s served in plastic cups. This challenge will require me to make my own at home or ask for it to be served in a paper cup.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Containers

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 60 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit - including recyclables and compost - to understand how much waste I create and where I can reduce the most.

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 2
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

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging, making sure to wash them well before using them.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Jennifer Klotz 8/06/2021 7:28 PM
    Since I can still post, I figure I’ll pop this on here. I’ve been peeling the plastic window off pasta boxes forever but now Lidl will save me a step. How cool 😎

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/31/2021 7:14 PM
    Participating in PFJ has been super fun! I’ve learned a TON but know there’s more so I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for news and tips. The past year has solidified my focus on the war against plastic.

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      Allie Hobgood 8/03/2021 8:27 AM
      Great job this year Jen!! You should be proud of all you accomplished :)
  • Reflection Question
    Community Research Local Waste Sites
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/31/2021 6:50 PM
    Fascinatingly, there is an upscale neighborhood across the street from Dominion Recycling Center in Chesapeake. At least that’s what I can deduce from Google Maps lol The houses are large and many have pools. This site is used for construction/demo debris, shingles, and creosote. That last one is particularly nasty. I’m very curious as to which structures were there first! Another landfill is HR Recovery Center, which sits next to VB Landfill. Fence line neighbors include an elementary school and nice looking townhouses. So I guess in this area, the opposite holds true regarding environmental justice. BTW, all sites I viewed ran along waterways :(
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    Single use plastics have become normalized in our society to the point that most people don't see them as a problem. What would you say to a friend, colleague, or family member who may not understand why these disposables are an issue?

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/31/2021 2:14 PM
    Oh where do I start?! lol Probably with my own experience picking up plastic litter in my neighborhood and store parking lots. Telling someone this first hand perspective of specific items could clarify the issue. Especially if I know they use dental flosser picks!!! LOL But seeing straws, plastic utensils, fast food drink cups, and water/soda bottles most often allows me to make the connect of "localized litter" as a problem close to home. Then I'd segue into microplastics, storm drains and food chains.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care See the Green
    Take a moment to estimate how many disposable daily contacts you may have used over the years. What would be your impact now of switching to a contact brand with a longer lifespan?

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/31/2021 2:10 PM
    I use monthly contacts because the thought of daily seemed too much waste years ago when I went disposable. Even monthly piles up of course, but this is a product you don't really think about due to the size. I'm psyched to discover a recycling program, especially when it accepts all brands. Bravo Bausch+Lomb!!

    • Allie Hobgood's avatar
      Allie Hobgood 8/03/2021 8:25 AM
      I had no idea Baush+Lomb had a free contact recycling program with Terracycle. That's so exciting!

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/29/2021 6:54 PM
    A piece of plastic litter I’ve picked up more than I expected is the dental flosser pick. It’s even become a bit of a joke with my husband lol Well today, AT WORK, I came across one on the floor! Who the heck is flossing near our stingray pool?! These things are following me…

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/28/2021 2:47 PM
    Homemade granola bars!! No pesky wrappers to bother with. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/27/2021 1:38 PM
    Some disposables you can't avoid, so it's best to try and use them a number of times after that. Or repurposing. I don't even know the last time I bought ziploc bags because I rinse and reuse! I think my biggest challenge here are frozen food bags and dairy containers. I don't have much of a green thumb, so repurposing as plant pots isn't too helpful. I guess I'll have to channel my friends' parents from the 80s and use them as "Tupperware" LOL

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      Dawn Emery 7/28/2021 10:15 AM
      I’m with you Jen! My dad always laughs at me for washing plastic baggies. I keep plastic containers I get and use them to send leftovers with family or as Tupperware, lol. Also, if anyone needs nice little containers with a snap close lid please see me!

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/25/2021 3:34 PM
    Popped into Rite Aid and saw this display. Kudos to them for offering ecofriendly options (even though we all know that commercially composted material HAS to go to the right place to actually compost, so it's a half win there). But most of the rest is a better choice. And garbage bags made of recycled plastic at least. Oddly, it was not with other items of this kind :/