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Lauren Potak

Sea Turtle Inc.

"Let’s cut out plastics one day at a time "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,587 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    8
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    430
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    569
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    3
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    61
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    25
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Lauren's Actions

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 30 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 5 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 20 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Give Up Gum

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

COMPLETED 22
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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

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

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 20 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

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 15 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

COMPLETED 18
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

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed


  • Lauren Potak's avatar
    Lauren Potak 7/31/2021 8:04 PM
    Anyone down for Plastic Free August? Let’s go!!

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    Lauren Potak 7/31/2021 8:04 PM
    Thank you so much to our captain Maria for all of her support and amazing work and help throughout this, it was truly incredible and I’m very happy I decided to join this challenge!

    • Maria Watson's avatar
      Maria Watson 7/31/2021 9:17 PM
      Oh my goodness of course! I loved supporting and learning so much from everyone!

  • Lauren Potak's avatar
    Lauren Potak 7/31/2021 8:03 PM
    This has been a month for sure and I have a lot of work left to do but I’m willing to put in the work :) 

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    Lauren Potak 7/31/2021 8:03 PM
    If everyone posts on their page we can get bumped back up to 6th! 

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    Lauren Potak 7/31/2021 8:01 PM
    Great job everyone, so proud of all of your accomplishments!! 

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    Lauren Potak 7/30/2021 4:02 AM
    We made it to 6th place! Great job everyone!! :)

    • Mary Duncan's avatar
      Mary Duncan 7/31/2021 11:43 AM
      Aw man! I missed getting to see that! Hopefully we can get back up to 6th, we are still close and as Maria said, still have a little more time. :D

    • Lauren Potak's avatar
      Lauren Potak 7/30/2021 1:47 PM
      Ugh no! I was so happy I saw it this morning - maxed on points on my end but everyone else make posts, check in and complete your challenges !! 

    • Maria Watson's avatar
      Maria Watson 7/30/2021 11:19 AM
      Lol we are back to 7th place but we still have time!!!

  • Lauren Potak's avatar
    Lauren Potak 7/29/2021 3:01 PM
    I can’t believe it’s over in a few days, I definitely learned a lot more about my habits and products I use! 

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    Lauren Potak 7/24/2021 6:10 AM
    happy saturday, don't matter day! finally have a day off and I'm hoping to go grocery shopping and bring my reusable bags and continue to buy food with no plastic packaging! Also going to look up some recipes for natural foods today!

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    Lauren Potak 7/23/2021 6:02 PM
    I haven't been able to check in on here as much recently as I didn't have a working computer but I'm trying! So many more changes going on, loving reading everyone's posts!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

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    Lauren Potak 7/23/2021 6:01 PM
    It would be more cost efficient possibly depending on how many tablets you may have in a box and then cut down on plastic.