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Jessica Hoffman

GSC Forces of Nature

"Create less waste today. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,471 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    455
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    140
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    35
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    73
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Jessica's Actions

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

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

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make 4 of my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 31
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 29
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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Jessica Hoffman 7/31/2020 6:17 PM
    Thank you Ecochallenge for a great month of learning!  Looking forward to new challenges and actions to try!

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    Jessica Hoffman 7/30/2020 6:16 PM
    We are almost done with this challenge but be sure to keep these practices going year round!


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    Jessica Hoffman 7/29/2020 6:21 PM
    Was really excited tonight because I got some amazing new water color paper delivered in the mail to start book illustations.  Opened box and it was filled with plast air balloons.  :( At least they are recycleable....???
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

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    Jessica Hoffman 7/28/2020 6:24 PM
    Found I'm actually doing better with this than I thought.  A large part of trash audits is trying to reduce recyclables and food waste in the trash.  I already am dedicated to recycling and have composted for years so doing well there.  The majority of my waste is primarily non-recyclable plastic related to food, cat litter waste (going to just start chucking this over fence), other non-recyclable plastic items, tissues, and meat scraps that I can't compost.  With trying to make better purchasing choices this month, I did notice our trash reduced by at least 1/3 over the last two weeks.  I am worried though about losing our last recycling options as they seem to be dropping like flies...  

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    Jessica Hoffman 7/27/2020 6:41 PM
    Looking forward to finishing strong.  Though this challenge is almost over, definitely have several new ideas and habits to practice year round to reduce my single-plastic use.  

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    Jessica Hoffman 7/26/2020 6:31 PM
    Great day cleaning up High Point Lake- kayak style!  Thank you Erin S. for joing me today!  Collected almost 40 gallons of plastic trash including a bottle that had a stray inside.  Double points for that one!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel?

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    Jessica Hoffman 7/26/2020 6:24 PM
    It felt great to working with someone of like mind to try to do something positive for the environment.  Often it can feel like I am the odd man out and being around others who care about the environment felt very energizing and hopeful.  

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    Jessica Hoffman 7/25/2020 5:32 PM
    Looking forward to my plastic clean-up event tomorrow- kayak style! Shout out to Erin S. for joining me! 



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    Jessica Hoffman 7/24/2020 4:40 PM
    Another plastics culprit in my fridge- spreadable butter.  Have always had stick butter for cooking and the spreadable to actually put on things like bread which comes in a plastic tub.  Just found on-line how absolutely easy it is to make spreadable butter (stored in the fridge) from the stick stuff.  All they do is mix it with some oil and salt.  Duh.  Can play around with different oils but one I'm going to try first is grapeseed oil.  

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      Martha Regester 7/27/2020 2:39 PM
      Never thought of making spreadable butter. We eat so much of it (I guess) that it just sits out under its little butter cover. 

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    Jessica Hoffman 7/23/2020 2:34 PM
    It was trash day in our neighborhood this morning.  Since they have stopped all recycling in my town, the bins have been OVERFLOWING with not only plastics but all manner of recyclable items.  Back to feeling depressed again.  But working on at least planning my litter clean-up activity this weekend.