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Lindsey Koch

Alaska SeaLife Center

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 942 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    29
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    35
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    17
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    40
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    61
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    66
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    27
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Lindsey's Actions

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

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

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

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
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

Community

Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Uncompleted
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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 11
DAILY 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 24
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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 3
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 18
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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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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    Lindsey Koch 7/30/2021 6:58 PM
    I found out that my footprint is lower than the average American, but there's plenty of room for improvement. Was not surprised that groceries is one of my largest contributors to my plastic footprint, as well as home and living. I do my best to avoid packaging especially with produce but there's almost always something I take home in plastic. A good practice with home and living is to find a plastic-free alternative as you run out of an item in a plastic container. While visiting Homer I found a homemade soap shop with some of the most amazing scents, and the best part is no plastic packaging! 
  • 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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    Lindsey Koch 7/30/2021 6:28 PM
    I think what concerns me most is how blasé we can be about how our actions affect the planet. I'm guilty of this too--often choosing convenience over long-term care. PFJ is a great reminder that each day I can make a decision that's better for the planet, and while I'm not perfect I will continue considering the planet when making choices well beyond this month. 

     A lot of it has to do with it being such a wide-spanned, complicated issue too, but all the more reason to focus on your local area first. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Give Up Gum
    Why do you chew gum? What habits could replace and meet your reasons for chewing gum?

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    Lindsey Koch 7/18/2021 4:53 PM
    Chewing gum is nice for *fre$h* breath and honestly chewing on gum kinda helps me focus sometimes! I could change it up by buying mints in the tin canister instead, and then find ways to reuse the container. 

    • Rebekah Banse's avatar
      Rebekah Banse 7/20/2021 9:19 AM
      Those containers are perfect size usually for pocket first aid or survival kits. Maybe the Boy/Girl Scouts could use them for a "build your own" project.

  • 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.

    Lindsey Koch's avatar
    Lindsey Koch 7/18/2021 4:27 PM
    I have noticed more people refusing straws, even if they aren't made of plastic. This is good practice for when you're in an area that doesn't have a straw/plastic ban. I also recognize that there are some people who need to use straws in their daily lives, which is important to remember. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Lindsey Koch 7/17/2021 2:43 PM
    It gives a sense of ownership to your community, and you are showing that you care for this place not only for yourself but for others!  
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Smart
    How can/did you prepare to be successful in this action? Did you engage in conversation with anyone about your new habit?

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    Lindsey Koch 7/10/2021 12:25 PM
    I did a day trip to Anchorage, and to avoid using single use plastics it does take a bit of preparation! But bringing my own water bottle, reusable bag, and making coffee at home is worth the extra effort! However, one of my favorite things about traveling is trying out new coffee shops or getting coffee to go as I begin my trip. So next time I will bring my to-go mug to get filled up, or enjoy a new space with their ceramic mugs! I didn't really engage in conversation about this habit, but my boyfriend took notice and brought his own water bottle too! 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Lindsey Koch 7/10/2021 12:17 PM
    Social media is a great way to share articles, infographics, and photos that can inspire others to move towards a plastic-free lifestyle. I have family members in the Midwest that have a hard time thinking about how their daily actions can affect the ocean (out of sight out of mind!). I try to share articles that will connect with them and hopefully they'll realize what a difference they can make too!