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Jenelle Gondek

Michigan Eco Warriors

Points Total

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  • 629 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Jenelle's 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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 15 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

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden.

Uncompleted
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

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY 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

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Tim Taylor My Beauty Products

I will lessen my plastic impact by making my own makeup.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pretty oh so Pretty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

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    Jenelle Gondek 7/09/2020 8:15 PM
    I haven't been buying any makeup for many reasons 1. It's a pandemic  2. I'm not working and I'm just at home 3. Makeup requires a lot of work and it's too hot to do that 4. I really have to be aware what's in my makeup because of my sensitive skin and my values of no animal testing 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

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    Jenelle Gondek 7/09/2020 8:13 PM
    Long term I would like to get back into buying things that are durable (will last more than a few uses), sustainable (if possible), recyclable vs landfill, and just saying no if its not something I absolutely need 

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    Jenelle Gondek 7/09/2020 8:11 PM
    How's everyone's first week going? I've definitely more aware of my plastic consumption (especially during the pandemic) and trying to find ways to decrease while also not risking my health and safety

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    Jenelle Gondek 7/06/2020 2:33 PM
    As promised, I completed my waste audit! 
    The biggest proponents in my landfill waste were paper towels (in the process of switching to unpaper towels), food wrappers (chips, rice, any food that comes in a bag), chicken/turkey containers (there isn't a good meat market by me so I get the prepackaged ones from the grocery store) and finally tissues (Kleenex)

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    Jenelle Gondek 7/05/2020 12:10 PM
    Success! I had brunch with my cousin today and was able to use my reusable straw when ordering cold-brew coffee!

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    Jenelle Gondek 7/02/2020 2:56 PM
    I've made it my goal this weekend to start another waste audit to see where and how I can cut down my landfill waste

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    Jenelle Gondek 7/01/2020 4:42 PM
    The grocery store is especially tough during a pandemic to find plastic-free options. I tried to make a summer pasta dish today and all of the tomatoes were in a plastic container :( however, I was able to still use my reusable bags and didn't have to put my kale in a plastic one!