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Lauren Irk

GSC Working on it

"To recognize where I can improve when it comes to minimizing plastics."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,399 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    64
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    53
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    39
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Lauren's Actions

Family

Thoughtful Toys

I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Share My Actions

I will post to my social media networks about how reducing our plastic use is important for both environmental justice and conservation.

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

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will 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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 24
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 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

Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 27
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 12
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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Lauren Irk 7/30/2020 12:51 PM
    Let's finish this and continue to do better beyond this challenge. 

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    Lauren Irk 7/25/2020 10:50 AM
    My washer sheets came today. Here is the space difference.

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    Lauren Irk 7/24/2020 11:00 AM
    I found this article especially interesting.

    https://api.nationalgeographic.com/distribution/public/amp/environment/2018/10/5-recycling-myths-busted-plastic

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    Lauren Irk 7/20/2020 9:37 AM
    I keep getting ads on Facebook for Blue  Land. I saw them on a Shark Tank rerun last week and they got a deal. I'm curious to try them.

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    Lauren Irk 7/20/2020 9:33 AM
    I ordered plastic free laundry detergent sheets from Earth Breeze. I did a cost comparison with my usual pods and Earth Breeze actually comes out 4 cents cheaper per large load of  laundry. Cant wait to get them!

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    Lauren Irk 7/13/2020 1:27 PM
    On vacation where there is no signal and trying to teach  my family better habits.

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    Lauren Irk 7/07/2020 5:07 PM
    I ended up doing a Target pick up order because it has been my experience that they are more efficient at bagging and I get a lot fewer bags than walmart. Today just proved me right again. I had TWO 2 liter bottles in ONE bag from target which should have reached been individually double bagged at walmart. Target also fit the reat of my order in one large bag. I estimate that my pick up today that only gave me 2 bags still saved about 6 bags just by making a conscious decision to shop at one store over another.

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    Lauren Irk 7/07/2020 9:42 AM
    This challenge has made me really think more critically about my choices, especially for getting snacks to eat while traveling.

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    Lauren Irk 7/06/2020 3:13 PM
    Sold a couple of plastic kids items that I bought second hand! 

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    Lauren Irk 7/06/2020 12:02 PM
    I picked up 5 pieces of trash from my front yard near the bus stop sign today.