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Carla Hepp

Sioux Falls Conservation Alliance

"We start making change when we show change from within"

Points Total

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  • 633 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    4
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    395
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    111
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    5
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    9
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    13
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Carla's Actions

Family

Discover Together

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

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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

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

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

Watch a Documentary

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Naked Bins

I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Give Up Gum

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

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 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 2
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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 5 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Share My Actions

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

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

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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    Carla Hepp 7/29/2021 10:57 AM
    Time went so fast all I can say is lets keep this challenge alive in our daily lives to make a change in the environment. One small ripple.......

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    Carla Hepp 7/26/2021 12:31 PM
    We traveled to a couple of state parks over the weekend. My heart sank as I saw the amount of trash scattered by the rivers edge. We than drove to a parking area to get out and walk the trails. I was saddened by the careless disregard for natures beauty. Everything from beer cans to water bottles to chip and sand which wrappers. we decided to go back to the car and grab a trash bag. We used sticks to pick up the trash as we hiked. At the trails end we had a a family kitchen garbage bag half full! We could of easily done this at both parks. The Beauty of nature is a powerful sight to behold, but lets never forget nature has her own wrath. The smoke from fires, water pollution, and so much more. One step to heal our earth begins small but can grow. Evidence of that is in the challenge
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Toiletries
    What is the benefit of using bar soaps or refilling your travel sized containers? Is this an action you think you will keep in your life?

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    Carla Hepp 7/22/2021 9:56 AM
    We have always used the refillable containers. I have used the same ones for camping and traveling. I prefer using my own soaps and shampoo simply because I know exactly what products I am using. I can customize to my needs or scent. No trash here.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Carla Hepp 7/20/2021 9:17 PM
    Picking up my neighborhood on my walks makes the area more inviting to people. I also do it for animals so they do not use it for nesting or get tangled in the trash.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Carla Hepp 7/17/2021 1:23 PM
    I watched the documentary "A Plastic Ocean" . The price of marine debris is staggering not only in costs but in the overwhelming impact to our marine life.  One fact shared is that the Ocean Contains More Microplastics Than Stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. That is one fact that waved over me and should dim any persons night light.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Give Up Gum
    Why do you chew gum? What habits could replace and meet your reasons for chewing gum?

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    Carla Hepp 7/09/2021 8:23 AM
    Chewing gum was something I did as a weight management aide. There are other things I can chew on. Such as my fingernails (kidding).  No I have decided to suck on sugar free candy or drink water.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Carla Hepp 7/07/2021 8:34 PM
    Social media can be a detriment or an advocate when used with wise ethical practices. A person or a business easily reflects the hierarchy of beliefs created in actions showing personal values. Social media is a complex matrix of systems weaved into individual persons or business  pages that carries your message. One person to another reaching pages or persons unknown. Its a seed that carries into the winds and can root ideas, hope, and change for others. 

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    Carla Hepp 7/07/2021 8:12 PM
    Gardening has been a great enjoyment for my family for years.  Salsa, sauces, jams, fruits, omy so yummy. Canning lids often have plastic coating so BPA canning lids on my list. Another small way to make an impact that would add up to a huge impact if everyone did it. The same goes for freezing foods and how you choose to package them. Silicone food storage bags, ice cube trays, stainless steel,  many other alternatives to plastic freezing bags.  Something I am thinking about when our garden starts producing and we start our canning.

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    Carla Hepp 7/01/2021 7:53 PM
    I am totally ashamed to say that until I started researching plastics the total view and scope of use of plastics was mind boggling to me. We can easily see generic uses but look past commercial use, how plastics are made and everything in between that falls into the realm of how plastics affect and introduce themselves into our daily use that we never imagined. 

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      Matt Eschenbrenner 7/02/2021 9:17 AM
      That's the beauty of this challenge, we all have a wonderful opportunity to take a step back and learn about these issues and their impact on our planet. I am thankful for the challenge and glad we have so many people willing to commit to improving!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

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    Carla Hepp 6/24/2021 10:02 PM
    Many vegies and fruits already have a protective surface such as bananas oranges etc. Good wash always is needed before eating. Produce products in plastics often serve as a portions in weight,  appearance to entice a sell, food stays fresher longer, people like the idea its safer from outside contamination.  Who benefits is a doorway to controversary in any conversation. Facts are that we can make change by how we choose to buy as consumers.