July 1 - July 31, 2020

Allison Miller (ecochallenge.org staff)

Community Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 595 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    145
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    29
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    13
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Allison's Actions

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make 3 of my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 1 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 10
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 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

    I learned how easy it is to make my own cleaning products and that most of the ingredients are things I already have in the house! It is an easy way to save money and reduce plastic. My family has also been looking into buying more concentrates and using reusable bottlesĀ 
  • 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?

    I used daily disposable contacts for 5+ years which now thinking about it had a huge impact on my plastic footprint. I was hesitant to switch because I was scared I would not like monthly contacts as much. The transition ended up being easy! Not only am I saving money on contacts but also far less plastic! I am still searching for a lower waste option for cleaning solution