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Kristen Neavin

STERIS Chester Campus

"To improve the environmental quality of our lives by educating myself, challenging myself, and taking actions to allow me to develop environmentally conscious habits."

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    6
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    23
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    74
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    55
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    12
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    6
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Kristen's Actions

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 6
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

Food

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

COMPLETED 15
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

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

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Skip the Straw

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

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 1 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 19
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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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 6
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

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 2 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

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

Food

Give Up Gum

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Pets All Natural Pet Toys
    In what ways is supplying your pet with all natural pet toys better for your pet, better for you, and better for the environment?

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    Kristen Neavin 7/28/2021 7:33 AM
    Believe it or not, chickens can be pets too:)  My girls love it when I hang a cabbage in their run for them.  It keeps them occupied and fed, and prevents me from having to buy treats that are expensive and come wrapped in plastic.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

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    Kristen Neavin 7/23/2021 7:16 AM
    I was really surprised at how much longer my barred soap lased as opposed to the body gel that I previously used.   Even with buying a more expensive all natural soap, my overall cost has  come down since I'm purchasing so less frequently.

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      Wendi Ratajczak 7/28/2021 10:59 AM


      Great homemade soap at Soon's Orchard - wrapped in recycled paper. Seems to last forever.
  • 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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    Kristen Neavin 7/19/2021 7:23 AM
    I just bought a set of reusable wool dryer balls and I love them!!  Not super expensive and will last much longer than a full box of dryer sheets.  I've also replaced the pads on my Swiffer.  Instead of buying the box of disposable pads, I started using old t-shirts, towels, etc (anything that was headed for the rag bag)
  • 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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    Kristen Neavin 7/16/2021 7:21 AM
    While I do recycle more than I discard, I noticed that even my recycling includes really unnecessary items.  I get so much mail that I could easily make electronic so I reduce the amount of paper coming into my house.  I've actually enrolled in 3 new ebill programs.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

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    Kristen Neavin 7/13/2021 7:27 AM
    This was so difficult to do but I finally got it.  I made breakfast of eggs from my own chickens with basil from my garden and a tomato that I didn't put in a plastic bag while at the grocery store.  I'm trying to figure out how you can cook any sort of meal containing meat without it coming wrapped in plastic.  Even if I go to the butcher department, they still wrap my paper wrapped meats in an outer plastic bag.

    • Amanda A's avatar
      Amanda A 7/13/2021 7:56 AM
      Good job! Of course, if you butchered a chicken yourself, it wouldn't come with plastic. ;) I've heard people can bring their own containers to the butcher and ask for them to be filled, just like for takeout or bulk shopping.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Kristen Neavin 7/09/2021 8:24 AM
    I don't usually post much on my social media account because I don't want/need feedback from those that disagree with me but I find that eco-conscious posts tend to elicit the least amount of negative feedback and I've actually started to look for them from others to help me in my own journey at reducing my negative impact on the environment.
  • 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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    Kristen Neavin 7/08/2021 9:34 AM
    I was happy to see that I use approximately 30% less plastic than the average American but my use is still high.  I need to figure out how to eliminate more plastic from my personal care items.  Is there such a thing as non-plastic hairbrush or comb?  I don't want to put glass bottles in the shower, so what is a good alternative for shampoo and conditioner?
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Kristen Neavin 7/07/2021 8:21 AM
    I don't have an overwhelming love of vintage clothes but I have found some really beautiful clothes, shoes, and accessories at local consignment and thrift shops.  Some even still have tags on them!  I'm also a huge fan of "Rent The Runway" so I can rent formal attire on a short term basis instead of buying that "Party Dress" that only gets worn once:)
  • 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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    Kristen Neavin 7/06/2021 5:31 AM
    At the urging of my sister, o tried something called a “Make-up Eraser” and it is fantastic!!  For all of you make-up wearers (especially mascara), you need to try this.  And now, no more make-up remover in a plastic bottle and no more cotton pads in a plastic sleeve!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Kristen Neavin 7/04/2021 5:41 AM
    I ty to take a walk most mornings and I find it a perfect opportunity to appreciate my surroundings while also picking up some of the debris that seems to miss the garbage and recycling bins.