July 1 - July 31, 2019

Krystina Jarvis

South Sound Zero Waste

""We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.""

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 383 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    spent learning
  • up to
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    public officials or leaders



Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community.

One-Time Challenge


Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own airplane snacks and eat at local restaurants to avoid take-out containers.

One-Time Challenge


Visit A Waste Management Facility

I will visit a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

One-Time Challenge


Write Letters or Emails

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for planet-friendly policies.



Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day.



Estimate Your 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.

One-Time Challenge


  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

    Krystina Jarvis 7/29/2019 9:21 AM
    My plastic consumption is significantly less than the average European or American (21.69 kg vs. 84 kg and 53 kg, respectively).

    I was not terribly surprised by this, but I was surprised to find that if everyone consumed like I do, there could still be more plastic than fish in the ocean by March 2078.

    However, I was disappointed that the calculator automatically included the below items in my footprint. I do not use any of these products that contain plastic. I use refillable or bar soaps and lotions, paper cotton swabs, bamboo toothbrushes (the bristles are 38% nylon, but that's all), refillable toothpaste powder, and none of the other items listed. Although the quiz said "feel free to message us through the chat box," there was no chat box that I could find.

    I'm sure I'm in the minority here of people taking their quiz that this applies to, but I was disappointed with the prevalence of zero waste shops - both online and in person - popping up around the world, that all of these items were automatically included with no way to turn them off.

    Lip balm, body wash, body cream, hand cream, conditioner, shampoo, facewash, lotion, sunscreen, repellent, cotton swabs, tongue cleaners, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouth wash, over-the-counter medicine box

  • Krystina Jarvis 7/28/2019 10:36 PM
    This month has really gotten away from me and I haven't been as engaged as I planned, but this challenge is still constantly on my mind and I'm so proud to be part of such an awesome community of people all working together to better our planet 💙

  • Krystina Jarvis 7/18/2019 2:18 PM
    Every EcoChallenge I've participated in, I've chosen the action to reach out to leaders to advocate for planet-friendly policies. And with each passing EcoChallenge, this action goes undone because I overthink the whole process. Today, I finally sent one! I sent a brief note to a Pret a Manger, thanking them for encouraging reusable mugs and utensils in their cafe at the London Heathrow airport (and I assume others, but this is the one I visited). It's important not only to ask companies to change their policies, but also celebrate the great ones they already have. Thank you EcoChallenge for encouraging me to send this email!

  • Krystina Jarvis 7/09/2019 11:44 PM
    I'm currently sitting in the London Heathrow airport and found a cafe that gives a discount for using your own mug AND you have to specifically ask for utensils. I did get a yogurt parfait in a plastic cup, but used my bamboo utensils to eat it, got my coffee in my travel mug, and filled my water bottle from the drinking fountain. These are my travel essentials I never go anywhere without!

    • Susan Ho 7/11/2019 6:04 PM
      That is fantastic that the UK offers discounts for bringing your own utensils and mugs! Safe travels!

  • Krystina Jarvis 6/29/2019 6:09 AM
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    BYO mug to the airport for plastic free coffee once you're through the gate! Got my water bottle in my bag too. ✈️☕

    See you all in two weeks!

  • Krystina Jarvis 6/28/2019 12:58 PM
    Packing to go to Kenya for two weeks and keeping it plastic free! ✌️ Will still be participating from afar!

  • Krystina Jarvis 6/26/2019 11:49 AM
    We're just 5 days out! What's one thing you've done in preparation for the challenge?

  • Krystina Jarvis 5/20/2019 6:49 PM
    So happy to see this opened to the public this year <3