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Jennifer Lollino

ECOS

"Excited to be part of Team ECOS and focused on making an impact everyday!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,412 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    66
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    270
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    136
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    26
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    11
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Jennifer's Actions

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

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 30
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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Avoid plastic shopping bags

I will use my reusable shopping bags.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

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

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 9
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 2
DAILY 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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Jennifer Lollino 7/31/2021 8:14 PM
    I learned a lot from this challenge and will continue to find ways to reduce plastic use.  Go Team ECOS!
  • 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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    Jennifer Lollino 7/31/2021 2:15 PM
    This challenge has helped me to be much more aware of ways to eliminate or reduce single use plastic everyday, especially when making purchases.   I will continue to focus on this after the challenge ends.  I hope we continue to see more innovative alternatives to plastic packaging to make it easier for consumers to make good purchasing decisions.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

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    Jennifer Lollino 7/30/2021 8:27 PM
    Reusable produce bags have been very helpful in eliminating single use plastic bags at the grocery store and are also great for storage as well in place of plastic ziploc bags.  They are easy to throw in the wash to keep clean and to reuse.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Water Bottles
    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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    Jennifer Lollino 7/30/2021 8:21 PM
    Large corporations are making billions of dollars bottling water they pay nearly nothing for and it's taking spring water from the source, damaging the flow to streams and depleting resources.  There needs to be more focus on regulating this to reduce impact on local communities.  Sales of bottled continue to rise which mean more education on the negative impact of bottle water is also needed.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Jennifer Lollino 7/30/2021 8:02 PM
    Having different size reusable containers available in place of plastic bags has helped to eliminate need to use single use plastic.    
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup
    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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    Jennifer Lollino 7/30/2021 4:29 PM
    I've gotten in the habit of making coffee at home or at the office especially during COVID so it has made this challenge a bit easier.  I also make sure to have a reusable cup with me for times when needed.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production
    What did you learn about how plastic production impacts humans, animals, communities, and the environment? Which of these impacts specifically affects your community?

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    Jennifer Lollino 7/29/2021 9:08 PM
    Negative effects of plastic production are everywhere and far reaching.  The best way to prevent this is to reverse the growth in plastics production, use, and disposal globally and this starts with education and awareness.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Jennifer Lollino 7/29/2021 8:55 PM
    By always having reusable shopping bags including produce bags with me, it's been easy to not use disposable bags when shopping.  The reusable produce bags are much sturdier than the plastic bags at the store and using them eliminates the plastic waste.  

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    Jennifer Lollino 7/28/2021 9:29 PM
    I love to cook and often make extra to freeze so I have a quick dinner ready during the work week. I did some research on plastic free options for freezing food and was surprised to find several alternatives to plastic.  I always thought that you couldn't freeze glass but was surprised to find that Mason or Ball jars are actually really good for freezing as long as you use the wide mouth containers and don't fill to the top (regular jars are not recommended because the non-tempered glass can expand and cause breakage).  Can't wait to try using the Mason jars and containers.
  • 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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    Jennifer Lollino 7/28/2021 9:14 PM
    While traveling, we used stainless steel water bottles filled with ice cubes and water.  The water stayed cold for hours unlike plastic bottles which get warm very quickly (which is unsafe because the heat can release chemicals from plastic into water).