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Jacqui McGrath

American College of Healthcare Sciences

Points Total

  • 35 Today
  • 235 This Week
  • 1,652 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    301
    pieces of litter
    picked up

Jacqui's Actions

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Attended a Webinar

Learn tips for staying plastic-free by attending an ACHS webinar.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 10 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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

Lifestyle

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 30 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

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 60 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

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Jacqui McGrath 7/31/2021 3:53 AM
    I've really enjoyed and gotten so much out of our plastic free challenge together -- thank you, team, and huge thanks to Ecochallenge.org organizers, for providing this opportunity!!

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    Jacqui McGrath 7/28/2021 3:52 AM
    July is almost over, but becoming plastic free in NOT. It's going to be a life long, one step at a time, process. I've found inspiration from Kathryn Kellogg's blog and other resources at https://www.goingzerowaste.com/ 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Research Local Waste Sites
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

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    Jacqui McGrath 7/27/2021 4:36 AM
    Sadly, there are "unofficial" waste sites lining the rural roads on the far side of the highway in my Mexican town (and along many similar roads in this entire region... and around the planet). There's no local landfill currently since the previous one got shut down. The local government is working on a solution, but meanwhile garbage service is limited and seems to mostly happen in parts of town that cater to tourism. Those most affected are families living on the "other side" of the tracks where garbage is being burned or dumped alongside roads just beyond the developed areas. For those in the USA who haven't experienced this reality, I share it in the spirit of raising awareness. Much of the junk in these piles are single use plastics, many times the small/travel versions of the personal hygiene and cooking products (shampoos, cooking oils, etc) because these families don't have the means/access to more sustainable options. It's a mess -- we have a lot of work left to do. 

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    Jacqui McGrath 7/24/2021 5:43 AM
    Supporting regenerative farming moves us toward less plastic packaging and waste. This purchasing guide shared by the Kiss the Ground film makers has some great resources for shoppers looking to make choices that help regenerate the earth (and nourish out bodies well):  https://kisstheground.com/purchasingguide/ 

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    Jacqui McGrath 7/24/2021 5:37 AM
    I really appreciate how the ecochallenge keeps me accountable to my own best intentions. I've been meaning to research the current situation with my town's landfill and haven't gotten around to it yet. I feel very fortunate to be able to take it for granted that my garbage gets carried out of sight where I don't have to look at it. AND. I feel a responsibility to research where it goes and how to be a better steward, sharing what I learn with others in my community. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Attended a Webinar
    Did you learn something about living plastic-free?

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    Jacqui McGrath 7/23/2021 9:08 AM
    Yes -- loved Annemarie and Lise's emphasis on moving toward less waste one positive action step at a time. Instead of feeling guilty about what we don't do, we can take heart that what we already do MATTERS. And, importantly, by coming together to share what we know with others in our community, we ALL benefit. In my case, I'm also glad to learn about wellness businesses that are taking sustainable practices/packaging seriously. 

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    Jacqui McGrath 7/22/2021 5:43 AM
    I have been reading through some of the resources shared on Kiss the Ground's website, feeling inspired by all of the hopeful solutions shared there. On alternatives to "fast fashion", check out the tips, etc, from "Fibershed ... a 5013c non-profit has been hard at work developing regional and regenerative fiber systems on behalf of independent producers, ranchers, and artisans." They share:

    A couple of key takeaways & guidelines from Fibershed to improve your purchasing power and support slow fashion:

    1. Wear natural fibers. Natural fibers and dyes are biodegradable and much better for both the environment and our physical bodies
    2. Avoid plastic fibers. Synthetic textiles are responsible for a significant portion of microplastic pollution, which is now present in 94% of US drinking water.
    3. Choose quality over quantity. On average, we buy 60% more clothing than we did in the year 2000. Redistribute your clothing budget to prioritize durable, high-quality pieces that provide fair wages to farmers and workers.
    4. Keep clothing in use. Extending the life of a garment by just 3 months reduces its carbon and water footprints by 5-10%.
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    Jacqui McGrath 7/22/2021 3:55 AM
    I'm looking forward to our Kiss the Ground watch party later today, look forward to connecting afterwards with our collective comments, questions, and hope! Thanks, Annemarie & Lisa, for a wonderful conversation on Tuesday!!

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    Jacqui McGrath 7/18/2021 5:12 AM
    Last year ACHS hosted a screening of the 3rd film, "The Story of Plastic", and it changed the way I see the world. Poor countries are dealing with the brunt of the plastic problem, being left to sort out the mountains of mess that wash up on their shores (and otherwise get dumped on them by the wealthy countries that are exporting it). The film "Action" resources include some really good stuff here: https://www.storyofstuff.org/storyofplastic/
    Among them, check out the "The 2021 Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act": https://action.storyofstuff.org/signup/VP-Support-BFFPPA/ explained as follows...
    As Senator, Kamala Harris co-sponsored The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act — the first comprehensive federal legislation addressing the root causes of the plastic pollution crisis. Now we need her to use the office of the presidency to help turn the bill into law!

    Currently in its second iteration, over a hundred congress members have co-sponsored the bill. Yet we know that true solutions to the plastic crisis — one that holds the industry accountable for the damage caused by their products — will draw extraordinary resistance from industry-backed lobbyists in Washington D.C. 

    We need Vice President Harris to leverage the full weight of the President’s office to generate support for this measure in Congress. Please call the White House and leave a message urging the Vice President to pledge her support for the bill. Complete the form to receive the phone number and call script.   

     
     



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    Jacqui McGrath 7/18/2021 4:57 AM
    Under the "Watch a Documentary" action, I noticed that the LEARN MORE tab includes recommendations for several films: 
    • The True Cost (https://truecostmovie.com/)
    • A Plastic Ocean (https://plasticoceans.org/about-a-plastic-ocean/)
    •  The Story of Plastic (https://www.storyofplastic.org/) 
    • Bag It (http://www.bagitmovie.com/)
    I'm eager to see all of them. Just watching the trailers and checking out the resources on these websites feels like a wake up call!