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Holley Maassen

Alaska SeaLife Center

"My mission is to show reducing and refusing plastics in our daily lives are easy and attainable actions."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,509 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    33
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    64
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    52
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    68
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    36
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    33
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Holley's 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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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 31
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 10 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

Completed
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

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

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 15 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 20 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 29
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 29
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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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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    Holley Maassen 7/31/2021 10:40 AM
    At the most basic level, I want to learn to patch clothing in a way that I will actually continue to wear the clothing... i.e. I have a pair of jeans that I love but I ripped a hole in a pretty essential part of the jeans.  Maybe learning how to put a cute patch on, or embroider, or ANYTHING that will allow me to continue wearing this article of clothing would be awesome!  I was also thinking about how I would really like to reuse the clothing I may have purchased in the past that no longer serves a purpose to me in terms of 'fashion' by turning it into something I will use a LOT.  I've been passing 3 quilts that hang on the walls of my workplace everyday and I thought, "What a great way to use/reuse fabric!"  Quilting has always enticed me and how fun would it be to quilt using my old sports or club team shirts from highschool!  Some people I know highlight their experiences by quilting their organization's t-shirts and making it into a memory blanket.  I should hope that I can continue to reuse clothes and other items that may not serve a purpose to me now, or donate it in a condition that will actually allow it to be reused.  
  • 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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    Holley Maassen 7/31/2021 10:33 AM
    I am most concerned about the amount of people on this planet contributing to the issue and the lack of interest corporations have in reducing their plastic production as it effects their bottom line.  In our own communities (being from California) I see the lack of interest in properly disposing of our waste--drive down any major highway and its littered with garbage.  On a global scale, this is obviously a negative practice more impactful in underserved communities who don't have the resources to deal with the waste they're encountering (that may not even necessarily be from their own citizens!).  I am concerned there is not enough momentum in the plastic-free movement to reduce our impact quickly enough.

    • Shana Kent's avatar
      Shana Kent 8/01/2021 11:25 AM
      I can show you how to patch your jeans, and give you a few ideas on how to reuse old clothes as well with some simple sewing...no sewing machine required.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

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    Holley Maassen 7/31/2021 10:29 AM
    I did not have a chance to do a waste audit, but researching the process of a waste audit was very intriguing!  If I were to estimate my actual waste footprint over a multi-day span based on what I'd observed of myself this past week, 25% would be food waste (banana peels, pits, etc.), 25% would be paper/cardboard, and 50% would be plastics.  However, the pounds of waste I produce over that period may add up to a pound or two, maximum.  I think a waste audit is an interesting concept for a large-scale group, like a business.  I can also continue to try reducing my plastic use, though I already reuse my plastic containers from products like hummus and yogurt for take-out or packed lunch containers.  
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Holley Maassen 7/31/2021 10:25 AM
    I had turned on a documentary during a slow period at a previous workplace and we learned about plastic pollution in the oceans and some of the main thoroughfares for how plastic enters these bodies of water.

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    Holley Maassen 7/24/2021 2:14 PM
    https://www.ledownsdentistry.com/toothpaste-alternatives-work/ Interesting article on alternatives to toothpaste!


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    Holley Maassen 7/24/2021 2:10 PM
    Hello!  Found out there are bamboo plastic toothbrush heads!  I use a Sonicare-type electric toothbrush and was thinking I obviously didn't want to discard this whole chunk of metal and plastic for a bamboo toothbrush.  Not only would I be creating more waste, but I really enjoy my current toothbrush!  I did a quick google search and found the disposable heads I've been using come in a bamboo version!!  The cost is more, but comparable: $30-ish for 6 heads of plastic, $20-ish for 4 heads of bamboo.  Now I just have to reconcile the carbon footprint of shipping this specialized item to my door....
  • 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?

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    Holley Maassen 7/24/2021 10:40 AM
    Bamboo toothbrushes are a great, biodegradable alternative to plastic toothbrushes; however, using your plastic care items you currently have before purchasing new items is also an important step in switching from plastic-use to plastic-neutral or -free.  I thought it would be interesting to reach out to my dentist's office to see what they thought about transitioning the free, plastic toothbrushes they give out to bamboo items and whether they would be amenable to that idea?  That would be a great first step: if your dentist is promoting plastic-free options, then why wouldn't all their patients consider plastic-free options?
  • 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?

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    Holley Maassen 7/21/2021 1:54 PM
    According to Time's article "5 Things Wrong With Your Deodorant", chemicals in deodorants can be absorbed by the skin and directly enter your bloodstream without being metabolized--in theory.  No conclusive evidence for linking chemicals, aluminum, etc. of deodorant to cancers, which is not to say these two events are entirely unrelated.  We just don't know.  I avoid deodorants if I don't need them, anyways, but the main reaction one can get from deodorants seems to be allergic reactions.  I have not experienced this side effect thus far.

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    Holley Maassen 7/17/2021 2:56 PM
    Hi friends! We have moved down in the ranks of PlasticFree July...  If you're checking in day-of, we get 25 points ALONE :) Just 4 of us checking in is 100 points!  Let's make a micro goal: we're at 10,133 points... Let's shoot for 12,000 by Monday!  Good luck to us!!!

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    Holley Maassen 7/13/2021 1:54 PM
    Hi friends! Day 13 and going strong!  My personal waste is feeling only slightly under average to the rest of the year, but I'm making an effort!  I avoided some plastic options during my last grocery trip, or chose options that I could see myself reusing... Hope to everyone is feeling accomplished in this daily challenge :)