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Ken Michelitch

STERIS Chester Campus

"Do what we can to reduce plastic waste and make the world a better place "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,876 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    113
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    270
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    283
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    102
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    168
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    96
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Ken's Actions

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 6 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Give Up Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Plastic Free Lunch Boxes

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and tupperware-like containers in my children's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 10 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

DIY Cat Litter

I will swap out my cat's litter for sawdust, mulch, or dirt with baking soda.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 5 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 10 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 10 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care That Was a Close Shave
    What have you noticed about the economic and social impact of switching to steel razors? Was there ever really a need for disposable razors, or do you think it was just a way to sell more things?

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    Ken Michelitch 7/23/2021 6:24 PM
    Mass production of many products not just razors keeps cost down. Companies can sell razors in 5 packs or whatever quantity cheaper then a good quality steel razor so I don't think there was a need for disposable razors other then to the profit. 

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    Ken Michelitch 7/23/2021 6:16 PM
    They say habits form after 21 consecutive days of doing something. Since I started the challenge, I have been coming home from work everyday and asking my family if we had any packages delivered and if we did was there any plastic inside and where is it? At first they thought I was losing my mind. This could be. As we started the 3rd week, when I got home they had the plastic ready and in a bag for me to bring into work. So I guess there is some truth to things becoming a habit after 21 days. It's not just me that the challenge has had an impact on. Now my family is supporting the cause!

    • Kristen Neavin's avatar
      Kristen Neavin 7/28/2021 7:35 AM
      Same here.  My kids now put all of the plastic bags, wraps, etc. on my chair in the kitchen without me even asking.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Lobby for Reusables
    What are some of the cases you could make to an employer for why switching to durable dishes and utensils is actually in their best interest as well?

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    Ken Michelitch 7/21/2021 12:56 PM
    Reduce the cost of consumables. Eco-friendly and sustainability.

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      Ken Michelitch 7/23/2021 8:23 AM
      I think having them available or company purchased is a great idea. I'm hopeful that anyone who would use them would wash and dry them so the next person could use them


    • Kristen Neavin's avatar
      Kristen Neavin 7/23/2021 7:19 AM
      I have been thinking about brining in reusable dishes and flatware for the breakroom.  Do you think it will be used and washed properly?

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    Ken Michelitch 7/15/2021 6:31 PM
    Bringing in a bag of plastic from packages I received in the mail this week. Every little bit counts

    • Kristen Neavin's avatar
      Kristen Neavin 7/16/2021 7:23 AM
      We had the heaviest bag yet for the Trex Bench challenge at 11.85 pounds!!
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Invest in a Pooper-Scooper
    How are caring for your pet and caring for the environment connected for you?

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    Ken Michelitch 7/15/2021 6:29 PM
    They both take effort to achieve the desired result. We take care of our our pets by keeping up to date with shots, bathing, training, grooming and feeding. For the environment we can care for it by cleaning up a trash filled parking lot, recycling plastic, metal and paper. Planting trees or grass maybe add a bench to sit and enjoy the view
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Try a Pet Shampoo Bar
    In what ways does your pet make your life happier, more interesting, or more rewarding?

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    Ken Michelitch 7/15/2021 7:10 AM
    My pets are companions. They each have their own personality. They give a sense of security when I'm at work. They get their exercise and are very playful. We get to exercise with them when we take them for walks. They have all been rescued and adopted from a no kill shelter. That alone gives the feeling that we saved them from being put down. They are very grateful to have a home.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Just Say No
    Do some research on polystyrene and polyvinyl. How many items in your house already contain these toxins?

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    Ken Michelitch 7/14/2021 7:19 PM
    These can be in appliances, picture frames, wiring harnesses, mouldings for Window and doors, pvc pipes for plumming. 
  • 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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    Ken Michelitch 7/14/2021 7:13 PM
    When plastics are manufactured they give off toxins which are harmful. Plastic waste is everywhere. Landfills and the oceans are a couple of places. In the ocean animals can become entangled with them. On land birds will eat them causing choking and eventually death. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make My Own
    How do you feel about being more involved in the food preparation process? Joyful, overwhelmed, engaged, empowered? What are the benefits of choosing to process or produce your own food instead of buying it pre-processed?

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    Ken Michelitch 7/12/2021 9:10 AM
    It takes time to plan and prepare food yourself and family. The health benefits outweigh the time. 
  • Reflection Question
    Family Plastic Free Lunch Boxes
    Most of us know that the "3 R's" are reduce, reuse, recycle. Recycling is most heavily emphasized in modern Western culture. How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Ken Michelitch 7/12/2021 9:05 AM
    Recycling keeps plastic out of landfills. Repurposed plastic allows you to use it again. Purchasing products in glass containers reduces the purchase of plastic