July 1 - July 31, 2019

Elizabeth Linske

Protectors of the Blue - NEAq Staff & Volunteers

"To protect the blue planet."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,299 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    135
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    405
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    19
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    30
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    12
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    21
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Challenges

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 Challenge

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 21
DAILY CHALLENGES

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY CHALLENGES

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 29
DAILY CHALLENGES

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 20 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

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 Challenge

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Community

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for planet-friendly policies.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY CHALLENGES

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 15 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed


  • Elizabeth Linske 7/31/2019 7:11 AM
    Feeling great about my actions this past month! I hope to continue the small changes I made in hopes to eliminate plastic completely from my life. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Brusha Brusha Brusha
    What are the benefits of switching to bamboo toothbrushes? How would you implore others in your community to make this switch as well?

    Elizabeth Linske 7/31/2019 7:10 AM
    Bamboo will biodegrade in landfills. I just ordered my toothbrush but am excited to try it. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Sign a Petition
    What is a plastic-related issue in your state/province?

    Elizabeth Linske 7/29/2019 1:25 PM
    I have been signing several petitions, most of which are national or international petitions. I have been searching for local petitions, but they are hard to find!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Fresh as a Daisy
    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?

    Elizabeth Linske 7/29/2019 7:28 AM
    I have had issues with natural deodorant in the past. Tried making my own this time, not sure about it. Might need to purchase one in a jar.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

    Elizabeth Linske 7/26/2019 7:42 AM
    You can make a lot more for a lot less money! 

  • Elizabeth Linske 7/22/2019 5:45 AM
  • Reflection Question
    Community Write Letters or Emails
    How might thinking creatively help us address big systems problems - like plastic pollution - differently?

    Elizabeth Linske 7/22/2019 5:41 AM
    There are so many options for packaging out there. I was sent a very interesting article regarding plastic vs the carbon emissions of making paper packaging. I do not have an answer for which is better: plastic that most Americans throw away or adding more carbon to the environment. I have been reaching out to many different organizations and companies regarding their plastic packaging, not many have gotten back to me. If they have, they usually redirect my question. We have to think creatively, not only in packaging, but in our approach to make change. How can we try to bring about change if no one is willing to listen?
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Elizabeth Linske 7/21/2019 2:09 PM
    I can reduce the most with fruit packaging. I do my best to go to farmer's markets or local stores which sells fruit in no plastic packaging. Some days I do not have the time to go do this since it is an extra stop. Most other packaging, I make efforts to buy items in glass or aluminum. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    Elizabeth Linske 7/21/2019 10:04 AM
    I have watched several documentaries this month, most of which were very depressing. I just watched Mission Blue, starring Sylvia Earle, which was a great mixture of horrifying facts and uplifting messages. It did not focus on plastic, rather it covered the overall need for conservation of marine ecosystems. What I got most out of the film was the encouraging message to persevere and overcome the toughest 
    odds. The marine conservation field can be overwhelming and this film helped to encourage me to keep on going. It made me realize I need to keep fighting for the issues I believe in.

  • Elizabeth Linske 7/21/2019 7:23 AM
    4.5 trillion cigarettes litter the planet EACH YEAR! Interesting article about the potential effects they may have on the environment.

    http://theconversation.com/cigarette-butts-are-the-forgotten-plastic-pollution-and-they-could-be-killing-our-plants-119958

    • Dorna Schroeter 7/21/2019 7:29 AM
      This is sick! Time to start taking action on this unnecessary, unhealthy and destructive industry.