Skip to main content
Rebeca Irigoyen's avatar

Rebeca Irigoyen

Alaska SeaLife Center

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,176 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    78
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    donations
    made
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    35
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    79
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    16
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Rebeca's Actions

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Donate Zero Waste Period Products

I will donate 2 zero waste period kits to young people with periods so that they can reduce their waste and the financial burden of menstruation while continuing their education.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 10 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 15 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

Food

Give Up Gum

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

COMPLETED 4
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

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 21
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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • 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?

    Rebeca Irigoyen's avatar
    Rebeca Irigoyen 7/31/2021 11:27 AM
    I think the produce started amassing so much plastic packaging for the novelty and convenience. The packaging, in my opinion, serves the producer because at the end of the day, they produce the plastic and get paid for it. They're not invested in what happens to it once it gets in the hands of consumers. I see 3lbs of apples in plastic bags at the grocery store and it's just for convenience. You pick up a bag, put it in your cart and continue shopping. Doing that completely eliminates having to weigh the apples to get 3 lbs. I would very much prefer to weigh the apples and put them in my own bag.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Rebeca Irigoyen's avatar
    Rebeca Irigoyen 7/31/2021 11:10 AM
    What concerns me is the environmental injustice that is happening as a result of how humans, as a whole, are affecting the planet. Communities of color are affected by all the environmental effects happening, such as global warming. Some live in areas where sea levels are rising and their homes are being flooded. We see weather patterns that are getting more extreme, and these communities cannot afford to lose their homes. Some don't have access to clean water and the only way to get it is to buy bottled water, which adds to the plastic pollution problem. But how are they to buy a reusable water bottle when they cannot fill up that bottle with clean water? Do they even have the money to purchase a reusable water bottle? I've often heard that adopting a plant based diet will help fight global warming, but a plant based diet is also expensive and not everyone can afford it. It's important to keep these things in mind when interacting with others regarding the protection of our planet. We cannot try to make the planet healthier without first addressing the injustices that communities of color face. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

    Rebeca Irigoyen's avatar
    Rebeca Irigoyen 7/23/2021 11:13 AM
    I unfortunately have not noticed a shift in my community, but only because I spend more time hiking than downtown. But I recently learned from our team captain, that businesses are taking on Plastic Free July and implementing changes!! Great news!!! :)
  • Reflection Question
    Food Give Up Gum
    Why do you chew gum? What habits could replace and meet your reasons for chewing gum?

    Rebeca Irigoyen's avatar
    Rebeca Irigoyen 7/23/2021 11:10 AM
    I do not chew gum anymore, but when I used to it was for the flavor, which would go away after a few minutes. I replaced them with mints, but even then I don't use them as much. I find that whenever I crave things I don't normally eat, I really just need water. I often ask myself "why do I want this? Am I hungry, bored, thirsty?" And then I ask, "would I eat a banana right now?" If I really am hungry then the answer would be yes, but if it's no, then I know I would eat just to eat. I used to chew gum to not eat when I was bored, but I just drink water now. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Donate Zero Waste Period Products
    How can having access to zero waste period products help people who menstruate overcome barriers to education or other opportunities?

    Rebeca Irigoyen's avatar
    Rebeca Irigoyen 7/19/2021 2:20 PM
    Reusable menstruation products means not having to spend money on period products every month, which will allow people to who menstruate do the things they want to do such as getting an education, being out in nature, swimming, etc. Not worrying about how you're going to get period products allows you to focus on other aspects of your life. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Lobby for Reusables
    What are some of the cases you could make to an employer for why switching to durable dishes and utensils is actually in their best interest as well?

    Rebeca Irigoyen's avatar
    Rebeca Irigoyen 7/18/2021 9:34 AM
    Save money!!!!! And keep less trash from going to the landfill. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

    Rebeca Irigoyen's avatar
    Rebeca Irigoyen 7/17/2021 3:30 PM
    With the pandemic it was scary because we didn't know much about the virus only that bleach will kill it. But I'm excited to start making my own again. Difference is you know what's in the bottle and save a lot of money!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusables at Work
    It is often true that we only have control over our own actions and not the collective community. How can you lead by example when it comes to switching disposables for reusable dishes in your community?

    Rebeca Irigoyen's avatar
    Rebeca Irigoyen 7/17/2021 3:09 PM
    Carry your reusables! The more people see this happening, the more others will catch on and do the same. For the communities, maybe restaurants can give a small discount to those that bring their own reusable containers. It will encourage people to go out more and support local businesses, and they'll start getting in the habit of taking containers with them.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

    Rebeca Irigoyen's avatar
    Rebeca Irigoyen 7/17/2021 3:04 PM
    Use what you have! Reuse the plastic you buy. Single use plastic is harmful because people see it as trash, but plastic was meant to last a long time. You can continue reusing the plastic containers from takeout. Better yet, take your own container. It has to become the norm that people can do this so that it catches on and people will stop throwing away or buying single use plastic.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    Rebeca Irigoyen's avatar
    Rebeca Irigoyen 7/17/2021 3:01 PM
    Not difficult. I have been avoiding plastic bags for a very long time. I have my own reusable bags that I carry with me or leave in my car. If I happen to not have one, then I'll just carry my stuff out or roll it out in the cart until I reach my cart.