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Dawn Emery

Life's Fantastic, With No Plastic!

"Working toward zero waste."

Points Total

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Participant Impact

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    1
    documentaries
    watched
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    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    355
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    54
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    57
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    39
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    18
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Dawn's Actions

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 2 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Give Up Gum

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY 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 2 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
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Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

Completed
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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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 60 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
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

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 12
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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Dawn Emery 7/31/2021 2:15 PM
    Way to go team! You are all awesome!

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    Dawn Emery 7/29/2021 5:55 PM
    Finally made it to the Less Than store today. Loved it, would be so nice to see these type of stores become more mainstream!

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    Dawn Emery 7/26/2021 9:03 AM
    We went to Lucky Oyster for dinner last week and our waitress (I wish I could remember her name😬) was great! I brought reusable take home containers with me and she was so interested and excited by that! She asked me all kinds of questions about why I was doing it, where I got my container etc. She even took my one container to the kitchen to put my dessert in that I wanted to take home. I told her the best thing she could do as a waitress was to wait for a customer to ask for a straw, not just hand them out automatically. It was great talking to someone who was curious and excited by my actions!

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    Dawn Emery 7/22/2021 6:30 AM
    Very disappointed in Waterman’s Shack on 8th. Went there for dinner last night and EVERYTHING was disposable and plastic! I am sending them an email and even though the place was really fun, won’t be back until the stop using so much plastic.

    • Allie Hobgood's avatar
      Allie Hobgood 7/22/2021 10:28 AM
      I'm not super keen on their response either :/

    • Dawn Emery's avatar
      Dawn Emery 7/22/2021 7:44 AM
      The reply I received from Waterman’s:

      Hi Dawn, thank you for your feedback. The Shack is unique in that it’s an outdoor location, so not having items made from glass was a unique decision to best serve the safety of our guests. In fact, a majority of our available menu items are served on are on bamboo, recyclable plates in order to be more eco-conscious. Our plastic cups at Waterman’s and Chix on the Beach locations are made so guests can have unique, unbreakable souvenirs should they choose to take them home with them. 


      We do hope you come again, thank you! 

      Sydney PressleyMarketing + Communications ManagerWaterman’s Surfside Grillewatermans.com | 757-428-3644 | @watermansvb
      Chix on The Beachchixvb.com | 757-428-2449 | @chixvb
      The Shacktheshackvb.com | 757-319-5146 | @theshackvb



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    Dawn Emery 7/19/2021 4:32 PM
    So found out the Less Than store is closed on Monday 😕

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    Dawn Emery 7/18/2021 2:09 PM
    Taking my own reusable container with me when we go out to dinner for leftovers.

    • Jennifer Klotz's avatar
      Jennifer Klotz 7/18/2021 2:23 PM
      Nice Dawn! For a few years now I have stashed an insulated lunch bag in my car with 2 reusable containers inside for this purpose lol Used one a few weeks ago at Coopers Hawk. 

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    Dawn Emery 7/16/2021 3:13 PM
    So one thing I am struggling with is plastic medicine bottles. Is there any where that recycles or reuses these? I need to do some research 🧐 

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      Jennifer Klotz 7/16/2021 5:09 PM
      In my desperation, I've been mailing the orange/blue prescription bottles to a church in Ohio!!! They use them somehow for the homeless (I can't remember the details now). Clean #5s can go to a place in Cortland, NY but obviously both of these methods require saving up and mailing. Hoping someone else has answers.

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    Dawn Emery 7/14/2021 5:34 PM
    Doing some research and learning on shampoo bars and no plastic toothpaste. Let me know if there are any you really like.

    • Allie Hobgood's avatar
      Allie Hobgood 7/15/2021 9:31 AM
      I have tried lots of plastic free toothpaste options. My favorite BY FAR are unpaste zero waste tooth tabs. They definitely leave me with the cleanest feeling mouth and freshest breath compared to other options I've tried. 

      I used to get mine from Well Earth Goods online but now that Less Than opened I get them there!

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    Dawn Emery 7/12/2021 2:33 PM
    When I went to the store I was ready overwhelmed by how many products are either packaged in plastic or made of plastic. I really focused on not buying anything with plastic and it was very difficult. So many health products that have no other option at the local stores and why does no one stock bamboo toothbrushes? I buy mine online, but as I was looking around yesterday I realized they are not in conventional stores (CVS, Walmart, Harris Teeter). It’s hard not to feel that the little bit I do will make any difference.  The big corporations need to rethink how they market.

    • Allie Hobgood's avatar
      Allie Hobgood 7/14/2021 8:31 AM
      Have you been to less than Dawn? Not a big convenient chain, but a small local chain, and you can get allllll of your plastic free self care and household maintenance stuff there!

    • Jennifer Klotz's avatar
      Jennifer Klotz 7/12/2021 6:27 PM
      Totally agree Dawn. I’m realizing frozen food is close to impossible in plastic free packaging. But I will say Rite Aid has bamboo toothbrushes. Stop at the less than store on Holland and you’ll get a glimpse of what shopping may become!

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    Dawn Emery 7/11/2021 7:37 AM
    I see my daughter, Katie, has joined our team! Yay!