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Debbie Miller

Cleveland Clinic Sustainability

"I want to leave this earth a better place than I found it by being aware of my impact and making little changes everyday."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 464 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3.0
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    58
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    8.0
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    2.0
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    285
    minutes
    spent learning

Debbie's Actions

Food

Better Gum

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Compost Food Waste

Compost all vegetable and bread food waste to keep it out of the landfill and to use to improve the soil in my yard. That will mean I will use less commercially made fertilizers for my gardens.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Natural Paints

I will paint rooms in my home with low/no VOC or natural paints.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Family

Thoughtful Toys

I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 120 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 60 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Pets

DIY Cat Litter

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 60 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 0
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

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption

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

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

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 120 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 7 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Write Letters, Emails or Sign Petitions

I will write or sign 1 letters, emails or petitions per day to advocate for plastic-free or planet-friendly policies.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Community

Become a Recycling Pro

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

Personal Care

Sustainable Suds

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions with a sustainable, unpackaged, or refillable option.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brush with Bamboo

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 120 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Green Beauty

When it's time to buy more, I will replace my beauty products with refillable, sustainable, and/or DIY options.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Go Strawless

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own reusable straw.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Advocate For Better Food Packaging

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Debbie Miller 8/03/2022 8:32 AM
    I loved this challenge!  even though I wasn't able to check in everyday on line - I was actively working at reducing plastics in my life and in those around me as much as possible.  This has changed how I shop, how I handle my garbage and how I interact with my enviromment.

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    Debbie Miller 7/21/2022 6:25 AM
    I compost every day!  and I've gotten my sisters, parents and my son to participate.  They save their scraps for my compost bin  =)

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    Debbie Miller 7/21/2022 6:24 AM
    I've been working in my yard and have been composting as much as I can but I've also been re-purposing landscaping rocks and some of the bricks I have.  It's been fun to get creative and make something new!
  • 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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    Debbie Miller 7/21/2022 6:22 AM
    I found I am doing pretty good at recycling and composting.  So most of what goes to landfill is plastic.  Is there any other solution for plastic?  can it be burned? melted?  It's just so heartbreaking to see I'm still adding to the plastics problem.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Go Strawless
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

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    Debbie Miller 7/21/2022 6:16 AM
    This has been a challenge because so many places automatically give you a straw!


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    Debbie Miller 7/21/2022 6:13 AM
    I have started carrying a bag for trash at all times so I'm ready whenever I see trash!

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    Debbie Miller 7/08/2022 1:36 PM
    I am going to start a waste audit tomorrow to see what am I throwing away.  Very excited to see the results.  I also saw where you can do a food waste audit - what food are you wasting - that will be next!
  • 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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    Debbie Miller 7/01/2022 1:48 PM
    It's hard to get people motivated to take action when things don't effect them directly and in a negative way.  I try to express to my family every little effort, step, change makes a difference over time.  And just because we aren't suffering doesn't mean we can continue to take our resources for granted.  We can't just think that somebody else will fix it so we don't really have to worry.