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Christine Kostantakis

ECOS

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 1,121 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    25
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    129
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    231
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    114
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    50
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Christine's Actions

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 6 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 30
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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 30 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 30 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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

Host a Watch Party

I will host a watch party with friends and/or colleagues to watch and discuss a movie about plastics.

Uncompleted
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

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

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

Watch a Documentary

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Choose to Refill at a Zero Waste Store

I will look to refill my household cleaning products such as laundry detergent, shampoos, and soaps. You may be surprised to find startup/local bulk stores in your neighborhood that provide household materials and even staple foods such as pasta and rice without the plastic packaging.

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

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

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

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 15 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 30
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

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Avoid plastic shopping bags

I will use my reusable shopping bags.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Christine Kostantakis's avatar
    Christine Kostantakis 7/31/2021 12:36 PM
    Gorgeous day in Northern Bergen County NJ today to enjoy a walk/hike at the Alpine Marina and Boat Basin.

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    Christine Kostantakis 7/12/2021 11:17 AM
    On Sunday, I line dried my sheets outside instead of using the dryer.  The sun and outdoor air makes everything smell soooo clean and fresh! 

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    Christine Kostantakis 7/12/2021 11:11 AM
    This week, I will be carpooling to work with Sonya ...round trip!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

    Christine Kostantakis's avatar
    Christine Kostantakis 7/12/2021 10:59 AM
    Bar soaps/shampoos/conditioners are greener, cheaper and much more travel friendly.  They are biodegradable and don't come in 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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    Christine Kostantakis 7/12/2021 10:03 AM
    The climate change due to global warming is resulting in shifts of weather patterns that will affect every human and animal on our planet (including changes in the seasons). 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Avoid plastic shopping bags
    Do you have your shopping bags ready in the car for your next shopping trip?

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    Christine Kostantakis 7/12/2021 9:46 AM
    I keep reusable shopping bags in the trunk of my car, at all times!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Christine Kostantakis 7/12/2021 9:40 AM
    By growing your own garden, you decide what goes in your plants and into the soil.  You will definitely want to "eat your veggies."

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    Christine Kostantakis 7/08/2021 11:58 AM
    Thanks to ECOS, I/we can skip the straw!  No more single-use straws here.