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Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum

American College of Healthcare Sciences

Points Total

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  • 755 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    35
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    42
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    41
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    29
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Cloud's Actions

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 2 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 3
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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Give Up Gum

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

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 10 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 14
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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 6 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 11
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 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

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

Donate Zero Waste Period Products

I will donate 3 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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will 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

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  • Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum's avatar
    Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum 8/02/2021 8:34 AM
    This EcoChallenge has taught me a lot. I learned a lot more about what I can do to use less plastic in my everyday life. I've learned to be more sustainable.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

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    Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum 7/23/2021 9:43 AM
    San Francisco no longer allows plastic straws, we use paper and other renewable sources. But glass, metal, and silicone straws are very popular here. I have one of each myself (2 glass straws actually).

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    Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum 7/15/2021 11:36 AM
    I know this is about plastics. But I have to say that food and diet are a major part of that. So I'm sharing this TED talk from the perspective of someone who was 220 pounds when they graduated high school 16 years ago. I used to crave Snickers and deep-fried tacos and Starbucks, daily. I eat strawberries and organic chocolate chips as treats now, and I don't drink coffee anymore. And now I sound a bit like Jamie Oliver myself. But he's right... here. We need to educate. Education will help save diets, and that will help save the need for all that extra plastic. Thank you for reading that whole rant. Here's a link.

    https://www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver_teach_every_child_about_food?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

    • Jacqui McGrath's avatar
      Jacqui McGrath 7/17/2021 3:32 AM
      Yes! what an inspiring story, Cloud!! I'm with you, have found that changing my diet this last year has also reduced my carbon footprint (and my scale reading - 30 pounds down). I cut out processed sugar and flour which turns out to eliminate most of the industrial foods that are packaged. Simple treats like strawberries taste better than ever. I'm with you and Jamie!

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    Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum 7/15/2021 8:38 AM
    I'd love to donate to the programs which supply period products to girls who can't afford them. And I'd love to be able to refuse more plastic. But this pandemic and my already low income have made things difficult in that area. So I find myself a little disappointed in myself. I can say that I promise Mother Earth that I will do whatever I can to help her.

    • Jacqui McGrath's avatar
      Jacqui McGrath 7/15/2021 9:33 AM
      I think she hears you -- and appreciates your intention. Thank goodness we have such a resilient mother planet. She's amazing. 

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    Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum 7/09/2021 9:07 AM
    I've noticed that I'm buying fewer items that would require bags, straws, rappers, or water bottles. I can't check off the lack of straws or water bottles because I've had no need to use them in the first place. I may seem a little obsessive. But this is a good thing to be obsessive about.

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      Amanda A 7/12/2021 11:05 AM
      Yes! I also keep wanting to congratulate myself for all the plastic bottles and straws I never want to buy anyway. The urge to say "I know I'm not doing perfect, but look at how much worse I could be!"
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

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    Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum 7/09/2021 8:45 AM
    I've been shopping more at the farmer's market. But with COVID concerns and everyone so worried about contamination, it's very hard to find a full meal with no plastic. I do bring my old plastic produce bags back to reuse them at check-out now. But even that can be difficult.

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    Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum 7/09/2021 8:33 AM
    I've been spending a lot of time on TED this week and I've found a few good videos for my fellow eco-nerds. Here's a good example: https://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_forrest_a_radical_plan_to_end_plastic_waste?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare

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    Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum 7/08/2021 11:59 AM
    Just something that may give you ideas for which alternatives to single-use items: https://www.ted.com/talks/janine_benyus_biomimicry_in_action?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
  • 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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    Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum 7/08/2021 9:02 AM
    Not only is bar soap/shampoo/conditioner more eco, but it's also cheaper in the long run. Solid bars are also easier to travel with when you go on trips and you can save a lot of money by buying in bulk. Plus there are some really cool soap dishes out there.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

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    Cloud Galanes-Rosenbaum 7/08/2021 8:57 AM
    While it's pretty hard to avoid packaging outright, especially during COVID, I've started checking labels and reading packaging to find out what the rappers, bags, and containers are actually made of. I go for compostable, recyclable, and reusable packaging wherever possible. And when I can, I take items without packaging or reuse my old produce bags.