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Anita Lavey

MuleSoft Training & Certification Team Plastic Free Ecochallenge 2022

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 821 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    84
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    116
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    240
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    50
    minutes
    spent learning

Anita's Actions

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 2 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Fill a Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use a Reusable Mug

If possible, I will avoid sending 5 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own travel cup.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Choose Reusable Food Storage

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip Plastic Bags

When possible, I will not use disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Eco Deodorant

I will switch to a plastic-free deodorant — whether purchased or DIY'd.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Sustainable Suds

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions with a sustainable, unpackaged, or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 15 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

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

Lifestyle

Clean Plate Club

When I need to replace my dish soap, I will switch to a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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!

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Sustainable Suds: Pet Edition

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Anita Lavey 7/31/2022 7:04 PM
    I'm really bummed that I was not able to check-in July 17 - 23. We had limited wifi access, and I forgot to access the Eco Challenge during this time. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal
    We know you want to - tell us about why your pet is so awesome!

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    Anita Lavey 7/31/2022 6:57 PM
    We use this every time we brush Castle. We gave him a bath when we came back from Italy, and it was MUCH easier to just use the glove to brush him.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Ditch Dryer Sheets
    Often, single-use and disposable products don't just create more trash - they also contain toxins that are bad for humans. What are some other single-use items that are harmful to humans?

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    Anita Lavey 7/31/2022 6:56 PM
    The dryer sheets are very annoying. I did not use any dryer sheets in Italy, as we used laundry SHEETS that dissolved instead of plastic bottles. For drying, we hung all our clothes on clothes racks to dry, which was easy in the triple digit heat. It really makes me think about using this technique in San Ramon, CA as we have lots of wind and heat, and my clothes would dry faster. Might save me on electricity bills as well.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Anita Lavey 7/31/2022 6:54 PM
    I found this easier, as we purchased Ziplock baggies at the store for our trip. I packed our snacks for the day trips in these baggies and it was very helpful. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Choose Reusable Food Storage
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Anita Lavey 7/31/2022 6:52 PM
    I will always use my Rubbermaid plastics for leftovers. It is so convenient. However, in Italy, I did not see any of these in our Bed and Breakfasts or apartments. Sad.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug
    Since the restrictions that COVID-19 has required of our society, trying to use your own cup might present new barriers, as well as new opportunities for creative problem solving. How were you able to achieve success on this action? How can you make it a long-term habit?

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    Anita Lavey 7/31/2022 6:51 PM
    I really did notice that the cafes in Italy used paper containers for the cappucino and lattes that we drank, but PLASTIC lids. I used mugs for my tea that I made each morning, but had no real control over the cafes. They would only serve in their paper/plastic lid cups. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Fill a Water Bottle
    Using the links provided, investigate the bottling practices of water corporations. There have been many cases where the water rights of the local people have been violated or even completely disregarded when a corporation decides to bottle water from a particular water source. How can you advocate for those who have been harmed by this bottling process?

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    Anita Lavey 7/31/2022 6:48 PM
    In many of the cities of Italy, especially in Rome, the water fountains have clean, drinkable water. Our party of three were able to refill our water bottles frequently, which not only saved us lots of $$ in bottled water, it also saved plastics. I did notice SO many bottles of Sparkling water in addition to natural water. The garbage was everywhere, plastic bottles a HUGE issue.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

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    Anita Lavey 7/31/2022 6:45 PM
    It was interesting the packaging in Italy. For snacks, I noticed that cookies were prepackaged in two per packages. While this was useful for our frequent day trips, it is a bit wasteful for at-home use. I could just put in Ziplock container to keep fresh.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Anita Lavey 7/31/2022 6:36 PM
    I have been using the same clothing all holiday. I have thoughtfully limited myself to two pairs of shorts, two running shorts, two skorts and two pants. Along with 6 shirts. That's it for the wardrobe for three weeks. It has made packing and deciding what to wear much easier.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Eco Deodorant
    Do some research on the toxic side affects of aluminum deodorant. After reading the side effects, can you think of instances where you may have experienced the side effects from this form of deodorant?

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    Anita Lavey 7/31/2022 6:35 PM
    I definitely think that I experienced this side effects. I actually have been trying to move to different deodorant, but I've not found a brand that works effectively. I especially experienced this in the triple digit heat of Italy while on holiday!