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Dawn Emery

Virginia Aquarium Fam - Bam No Plastic Ma'am

"To be more aware of the plastic I use and reduce my impact by being a better consumer."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,933 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    18
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    50
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    32
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    10
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    14
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    3.0
    donations
    made
  • up to
    4.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    4.0
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    spent learning

Dawn's Actions

Personal Care

Donate Zero Waste Period Products

I will donate 2 zero waste period kits to young people with periods so that they can reduce their waste and the financial burden of menstruation while continuing their education.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Thoughtful Toys

I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 15 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Skip Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

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

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

TerraCycle recycling

Put at least 2 items per day in TerraCycle box.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption

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

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

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 2 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Green Beauty

When it's time to buy more, I will replace my beauty products with refillable, sustainable, and/or DIY options.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will switch to a plastic-free toothpaste — whether purchased or DIY'd.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Eco Deodorant

I will switch to a plastic-free deodorant — whether purchased or DIY'd.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Sustainable Suds

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions with a sustainable, unpackaged, or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Go Strawless

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own reusable straw.

COMPLETED 10
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 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Fill a Water Bottle

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

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 0
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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Dawn Emery's avatar
    Dawn Emery 7/31/2022 6:10 PM
    This has been a tough challenge, especially since I wasn’t home for 10 days of it. I have a better understanding of where I can make changes and will continue to work on this .
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Dawn Emery's avatar
    Dawn Emery 7/31/2022 6:08 PM
    As I expected,the kitchen is where I have the most waste and plastic use. I am working on ways to limit my food and plastic waste .
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Dawn Emery 7/31/2022 6:06 PM
    I enjoy repurposing articles of clothing and finding new ways to wear them.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

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    Dawn Emery 7/31/2022 6:05 PM
    It was a little harder than I expected because we were traveling for several days. I did better with drinks than I did with food. I need to make sure I plan ahead better next time we travel.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Give Some Green Gratitude
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Dawn Emery 7/31/2022 6:03 PM
    I think it allows others to se what I am passionate about and to ask questions.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    Have you noticed a difference in how your community, friends, and family members use plastics since you've shared your own actions?

    Dawn Emery's avatar
    Dawn Emery 7/31/2022 6:02 PM
    I have noticed that they are supportive and may pay closer attention to the products they are using.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Say No to Styrofoam
    How might styrofoam be an environmental justice and/or environmental racism issue in your community?

    Dawn Emery's avatar
    Dawn Emery 7/31/2022 6:01 PM
    I think it is often a material that is used because it costs less and may be used in lower socioeconomic communities.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Dawn Emery's avatar
    Dawn Emery 7/31/2022 5:59 PM
    I feel like I’m doing something good for my community by helping to keep it clean. Hopefully my example will lead others to pickup or stop littering.

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    Dawn Emery 7/30/2022 8:07 PM
    Way to go team! You are awesome 😎

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    Dawn Emery 7/28/2022 5:58 AM
    Struggling this week while visiting family. Just working on doing my best.