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Dona Matthews

West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 417 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    17
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Dona's 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.

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

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Say No to Styrofoam

Throughout its life cycle, polystyrene (styrofoam) can harm people, communities, and the planet. I will refuse styrofoam whenever I can, making sure to kindly let people know why I'm asking for alternative packaging.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

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 9
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 1
DAILY ACTION

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    Dona Matthews 7/31/2021 10:13 AM
    I am more conscious now and will be increasingly aware of plastic reduction and avoidance. Thank you!!

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    Dona Matthews 7/17/2021 3:04 PM
    I made some muffins this morning that I wanted to freeze for later use. I usually store them in plastic bags--and I did open the drawer where I keep emergency bags from the days of that bad old habit--but then I found a glass container and a silicone bag that could hold them. I have come to hate putting food into plastic. That is bad for the environment, and it can't be good for our health, either.

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    Dona Matthews 7/14/2021 8:27 AM
    Participating in this ecochallenge is raising my consciousness about the ways I can continue to reduce my waste footprint. I've always cared about this, and have been called a 'greenie' by friends and family since I was a child, but I'm learning ways I can do better. This challenge is helping me become more mindful about this important topic. Thank you!!!

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    Dona Matthews 7/12/2021 8:22 AM
    Yesterday I was packing a finger-food hiking snack for my grandkids--carrot sticks, cherries, cucumber slices, apple slices, etc., and wondered how to package them for carrying. At home, I usually use glass containers, but that would've been too heavy for the hike. My normal go-to wrap for the refrigerator is beeswax, but that's awkward for kids who are walking. I thought that sadly I'd have to go into my stock of forbidden plastic sandwich bags, and then I remembered the silicone bags I recently bought and haven't got into the habit of thinking about. They were perfect! 

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    Dona Matthews 7/10/2021 2:17 PM
    Although I haven't completed my daily actions checklist as often as I would have liked to have done, I've been consciously attending to reducing my plastic waste this month, and sharing my actions with friends and family. I'm now using silicone and glass alternatives to wrapping and saving food, using my own reusable bags when shopping, and doing my best to avoid purchasing plastic products.