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Crystal Hall

Sustainability Corps in Action!

"As a longtime friend of the earth, I am committed to doing my part to leave the next generation something worth inheriting. I have also learned the art of creating fellow eco-conscious friends is gentle and subtle persuasion. "

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    pieces of litter
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    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Crystal's 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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 1 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Plastic Education

Watch " The Plastic Problem" documentary produced by PBS.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Canvas Bag Lady

Remember my canvas bags and boxes when shopping.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Block the Box

Remember to have my collapsible containers handy for leftovers at a restaurant.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 60 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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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

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

Support a Sharing Economy

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

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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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

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

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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    Crystal Hall 8/01/2021 12:11 PM
    Decided to plant Fall vegetables. The garden is a bit of a mess but hoping to have more time to make a really productive garden (enhanced of course, with my own compost).

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    Crystal Hall 7/28/2021 10:05 AM
    The compostable bags are here! Maybe *as* exciting as the new phonebooks. Great things are going to start happening for me now! 

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    Crystal Hall 7/28/2021 4:59 AM

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    Crystal Hall 7/28/2021 4:56 AM
    My compost bin arrived! Here’s hoping for less waste. 

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    Crystal Hall 7/27/2021 2:33 PM
    A big gap in reducing my plastic usage is the trash bag problem. That includes the small bags for cleaning the cat litter. After going to the farmer's market, I realized that there are compostable bags. More research...found some bags that are made with cornstarch and purport to actually break down easily (the big requirement). We'll see how that goes. 

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      Crystal Hall 7/28/2021 10:07 AM
      Caroline, I found the bags on Amazon. Hopefully, these are the real deal and actually do degrade easily. A lot of supposedly degradable materials never see the light or air that are needed for them to break down. The struggles of living a conscious and deliberate life! 

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      Julie Hyde 7/28/2021 8:08 AM
      We use compostable dog waste bags. I'm pretty sure my husband purchased them on Amazon.

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      Caroline Carter 7/28/2021 8:05 AM
      This is a great idea! Where did you find these compostable bags?

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    Crystal Hall 7/27/2021 2:30 PM
    Found a mini compost bin for the countertop for the lazy/rainy days when I don't want to do that long walk to the main compost bin. Read through many reviews to try to find the right one and finally gave up and selected one. Hopefully it works well. 

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    Crystal Hall 7/27/2021 2:26 PM
    My earth victory today was saving veggie scraps for the compost bin. 

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    Crystal Hall 7/25/2021 5:19 PM
    I ran out of dish detergent, so I paced the detergent aisle in Target looking for eco-friendly detergent. Even the best options that are for refills are packaged in plastic, so I left empty-handed and a bit disgusted. When you look at all the plastic in all the aisles...wowsa! 

    A little web search pointed me to Treehugger.com (how have I not found this site before!). There's a company called Etee that makes lots of plastic-free options, including detergent in compostable beeswax containers! I don't think I've ever been this excited about buying dish detergent. 

    Still hunting for toothpaste alternatives. Most of the eco-friendly options are fluoride-free and I need to do research to evaluate the efficacy of those options.  

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    Crystal Hall 7/23/2021 5:16 PM
    I went out to eat and had my reusable straws. Win. Forgot my accordion Tupperware for the leftovers and got a styrofoam box. Major fail. Sad trombone. :(

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      Julie Hyde 7/28/2021 8:11 AM
      I had not thought about bringing my own tupperware when going out to eat for leftovers. What a fantastic idea! New goal for me. 

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    Crystal Hall 7/19/2021 6:42 AM
    My step-daughter wanted to buy a ring from the bubble gum machine and I reminded her that it's just more cheap "plastic crap." Later she said defeastistly that it's hard to make a difference so I reminded her that every decision we make adds up over a week, a year, many years. It doesn't seem like much, but we should always live our values, regardless of whether everyone else understands or agrees. My favorite proverb, "little by little, one walks far."