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Sarah Hoback

Newport Aquarium

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 894 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    17
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    37
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    32
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    26
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    17
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    2.0
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning

Sarah's Actions

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

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 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

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

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 5 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 30 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

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

Brush with Bamboo

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Advocate For Better Food Packaging

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Host a Zero Waste event at work

Host a zero waste cookout at work while teaching staff members about how to reduce plastic and get them excited about plastic-free July

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about 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

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

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 6
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

A Sustainable Flow

I will make the switch to sustainable, reusable period products.

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

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 1 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Fill a Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 8
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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Sarah Hoback's avatar
    Sarah Hoback 7/20/2022 5:49 AM
    Completing a waste audit was pretty eye opening. I think I tend to use less plastic than the average person but it's still so much! It's definitely made me think more about all the little ways plastic sneaks into my life and how I can combat that.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Sarah Hoback's avatar
    Sarah Hoback 7/08/2022 10:58 AM
    I picked up four pieces of litter this morning on my walk from the parking lot to the employee entrance. It's disheartening to see how much trash is left outside especially when there are so many trash cans around.

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    Sarah Hoback 7/05/2022 7:44 AM
    My favorite facial cleanser unfortunately has microbeads in it. Since I'm almost out, I thought now would be a good time to try something new. I ordered two new bar soaps to try out from A Drop In The Ocean and really like them so far. I got rid of the microbeads and the plastic bottle too.

    • Carrie Ireland's avatar
      Carrie Ireland 7/05/2022 10:20 AM
      Thanks for sharing Sarah. My morning cleanser has microbeads in it. Oh no! I'll consider a new option when it's time to replace it. 

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    Sarah Hoback 6/30/2022 8:03 AM
    Welcome and thanks for joining us, Newport Aquarium team members! I'm so excited to see what we can accomplish together this month!