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Jacqueline Miller

Seattle Aquarium Teens

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 829 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    170
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    59
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    43
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    75
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill

Jacqueline 's Actions

Community

Host a Watch Party

I will host a watch party with friends and/or colleagues to watch and discuss a movie about plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 20 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 25 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 3 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 14
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 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Give Up Gum

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

COMPLETED 16
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 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads.

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

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

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

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

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  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Jacqueline  Miller's avatar
    Jacqueline Miller 7/27/2021 1:37 PM
    What concerns me most about how we are affecting the planet is that the systems we have in place (namely capitalism) are inherently exploitative of people and the planet. Capitalism is driven by a need for profit and accumulation which take priority over the climate. This is what concerns me most because it is such a fundamental part of our society that I don't think the radical transformation that is needed will take place before it is too late.
  • 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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    Jacqueline Miller 7/27/2021 1:26 PM
    I saw that there were a lot of landfills and waste sites located in Georgetown and South Park. This affects BIPOC communities and specifically the Duwamish Tribe, as these sites are near the Duwamish River, contributing to the pollution of it.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

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    Jacqueline Miller 7/27/2021 1:22 PM
    i found out that most of my plastic consumption comes from cooking a groceries, which didn't surprise me much. One thing that did surprise me was that even though I use 2/3 the amount of plastic as the average American, I still use more than average Europeans, and 4 times as much as people in India do. I think this goes to show just how much plastic Americans use and how normalized it is.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Ditch Dryer Sheets
    Often, single-use and disposable products don't just create more trash - they also contain toxins that are bad for humans. What are some other single-use items that are harmful to humans?

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    Jacqueline Miller 7/14/2021 1:33 PM
    Other single-use items that are harmful to humans include plastic water bottles because they contain BPA, certain household cleaners, and personal care items (shampoos, perfumes, nail polish, etc.) that contain phthalates. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Jacqueline Miller 7/14/2021 1:23 PM
    This challenge wasn't very difficult for me because the grocery store that my family shops at provides paper produce bags along with plastic bags, and we already bring our own grocery bags to check out. One harder aspect of this challenge was convincing my mom that some produce doesn't need to be in bags at all.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care See the Green
    Take a moment to estimate how many disposable daily contacts you may have used over the years. What would be your impact now of switching to a contact brand with a longer lifespan?

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    Jacqueline Miller 7/08/2021 3:40 PM
    I've worn disposable daily contacts for the last three and a half years, although I do not wear contacts every day, maybe about 250 days/year. Considering that I use two contacts each day I wear them, this means I've used about 1,750 disposable daily contacts. I've tried using bi-weekly and monthly contacts, although they irritated my eyes more. If I switched to a contact brand with a longer lifespan, I would only use 182 bi-weekly contacts or 84 monthly contacts over the same three and a half year span.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Give Up Gum
    Why do you chew gum? What habits could replace and meet your reasons for chewing gum?

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    Jacqueline Miller 7/07/2021 3:01 PM
    I often chew gum to keep my mouth busy when I'm not feeling hungry. One good replacement for this that I've found is drinking seltzer water.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Dam the Flow
    Disposable tampons and menstrual pads are often quite expensive. What are the economic and personal benefits of this switch for you?

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    Jacqueline Miller 7/06/2021 9:20 AM
    For me personally, there is not economic benefit because I am not responsible for paying for my tampons and pads, but for my family there will be economic benefit because while a menstrual cup can be expensive initially, it is a one time purchase which amounts to much less than the continual purchase of tampons and pads. One personal benefit of this switch to me is that menstrual cups can be more convenient as they need to be removed only once every 12 hours rather than every 4-6 hours as tampons and pads need to be.