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Shana Kent

Alaska SeaLife Center

"The Alaska SeaLife Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 90 This Week
  • 1,446 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    64
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    12
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    115
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    195
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    109
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    130
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    101
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    74
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Shana's Actions

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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 1 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

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

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

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

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

Lobby for Reusables

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Naked Bins

I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 28
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

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 28
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

Use Reusable Water Bottles

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

COMPLETED 28
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 28
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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Shana Kent's avatar
    Shana Kent 7/27/2021 2:22 PM
    We have 5 more days left in the challenge!  The team has made some amazing strides in reducing our plastic usage and learned some good information for moving forward as well.  Let's make the next 5 days really count,  and start thinking about how you can take what you have discovered and habits you have created in July forward so you can continue to make an impact all year!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate My 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?

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    Shana Kent 7/20/2021 12:50 PM
    I was surprised that even though I try to limit my single use plastic how much it is still apart of daily life.  Over the last couple weeks working extra hard to make better choices I have been frustrated by how hard it is to avoid single use plastics when shopping for basic needs.  The important thing I think is to do the best you can with the choices you have access to in your area and to keep looking for better options.  Also requesting specific items to your local stores that have better packaging.  If enough people ask for change it will happen.

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    Shana Kent 7/20/2021 12:44 PM
    Way to go team!  We are making some great efforts in reducing our single plastic use.  I for one have learned a few things about my daily habits and have been able to start some new more eco friendly ways to make choices. We currently have 79 team members, I challenge each of you to recruit 1 person to join the team and make the last 10 days of the challenge an even bigger success!  
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Try a Pet Shampoo Bar
    In what ways does your pet make your life happier, more interesting, or more rewarding?

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    Shana Kent 7/18/2021 5:15 PM
    Hippo brings happiness wherever she goes! We meet new people daily because she is so approachable. 

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    Shana Kent 7/17/2021 11:27 AM
    I am always looking for better options when packing lunches and snacks for hiking.  
    Here is a review for some items that can replace those pesky zip lock bags at a variety prices:  https://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-reusable-eco-friendly-food-storage-bags.html

    Let's all try to find an option that works in our own households and start saying NO to the plastic snack and sandwich bags.

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    Shana Kent 7/14/2021 3:29 PM
    I think an important aspect of the challenge is to realize that not all plastic is bad.  There are lots of ways plastic has changed peoples lives in a positive way. ( medical uses, people with disabilities, getting food and care to people in remote areas to name a few)   It is important to focus on the throwaway culture plastics that are a convenience and not a necessity . It can seem a bit hopeless if you look only at the negative aspects and take an all or nothing stance.   It is about making the best choices you can with the options you have access to.  Every little bit helps.  It is impossible to avoid plastic in todays world but doing the best you can is better than doing nothing at all.  

    • Lindsey Koch's avatar
      Lindsey Koch 7/23/2021 2:41 PM
      I agree too! I had a wake-up call a couple years back when my grandma apologized to me for buying plastic straws for my grandpa, who was unable to drink without that tool. She knew how much I harped on using straws and I felt so bad. It really made me check myself and focus on those who are using plastics for convenience vs necessity. 

    • JOHANNA KINNEY's avatar
      JOHANNA KINNEY 7/15/2021 11:13 AM
      I totally agree - plastic saves lives.  And any small steps we can take to reduce our non-vital use of it, the better.  Well put! 
  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Shana Kent 7/10/2021 11:51 AM
    I am most concerned about our dependency on plastics globally. Every animal and human are ingesting plastics daily, and that plastic are found even in the most remote environments.  You cannot get through a single day without finding plastic garbage on the ground.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Get Rid of Glitter
    How can you and your little one exercise your creativity without creating more plastic waste?

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    Shana Kent 7/10/2021 11:28 AM
    There are plenty of ways to skip plastic:  reuse your single use plastics to create a new item (planter, decorative holder),  Make homemade playdough, use crayons and colored pencils instead of markers.  The options are endless.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    Single use plastics have become normalized in our society to the point that most people don't see them as a problem. What would you say to a friend, colleague, or family member who may not understand why these disposables are an issue?

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    Shana Kent 7/10/2021 11:26 AM
    While it is challenging to avoid single use plastics, even avoiding a few items a day can make a difference.  Skip the prepackaged produce, choose milk, laundry soap and soda packaged in cardboard instead.  Bring your own water bottle and coffee cup.  If everyone did these simple things is would make a big difference.

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    Shana Kent 7/03/2021 11:23 AM
    The Team is off to a GREAT start!  Keep Challenging Yourselves.