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Hales Miller

The Order of the Sea Turtles

"My plan is just to eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies :) "

Points Total

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  • 934 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    21
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    77
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    22
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Hales's Actions

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 60 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 20
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

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

Food

Minimize Packaging

I will purchase food items with the least amount of packaging.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 4 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Hales Miller 7/30/2020 8:28 AM
    Blessings to you dear friends! Is anyone starting a fall garden? What are you planting??

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      Hales Miller 8/02/2020 11:41 AM
      I don't know yet! I was thinking lettuce, kale, and maybe snow peas or broccoli. I haven't tried any of those before, though, so we'll see how it turns out! Haha

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      Allie Hobgood 7/30/2020 10:33 AM
      I'm not this year (bc we don't have a lot of space) but I had FANTASTIC luck with lettuces and other leafy greens in years past. What are you planning on planting Hales?!

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    Hales Miller 7/29/2020 8:47 AM
    The other day, a friend texted me for advice on starting her own compost bin, and I was so honored. I feel like this is how I know I've arrived. When people ask me about composting. Haha

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      Hales Miller 8/02/2020 11:40 AM
      Kaitlin, oh my gosh YES! I love composting, and the internet makes it seem way more complicated than it actually is.

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      Kaitlin German 7/31/2020 6:07 AM
      Oh! I want to hear your advice on this! I started researching a while back, got overwhelmed with options, and never followed through. Next time our lunches overlap, can we talk compost?

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      Allie Hobgood 7/29/2020 1:30 PM
      That IS an honor.

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    Hales Miller 7/28/2020 10:13 AM
    Just want to pop in and say how I'm really enjoying this community we've created on this platform! You all are delightful, and you inspire me :)

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    Hales Miller 7/27/2020 7:57 AM
    I have found that I am way more successful at being plastic free when I wake up early enough to make my own breakfast and pack my own lunch. That being said... Today I got an iced coffee and breakfast sandwich from Dunkin Donuts. BUT I am living in the freedom of not having to do it all perfectly. Someday maybe Dunkin will switch to the strawless lids.

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    Hales Miller 7/26/2020 7:59 AM
    Just a reminder! Ordering pizza and going out for ice cream cones are both plastic-free options ;)

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      Hales Miller 7/28/2020 10:06 AM
      Curse those tiny pizza tables!

    • Kaitlin German's avatar
      Kaitlin German 7/28/2020 6:15 AM
      And delicious! 

      (Our weekend pizza treat came with one of those tiny tables that keep the box lid up. I was so disappointed!)

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    Hales Miller 7/23/2020 7:20 AM
    Aside from just wearing long sleeves and hats, is there a plastic-free option for sunscreen?

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    Hales Miller 7/22/2020 7:35 AM
    Happy Wednesday! One thing that's frustrated me the past few PFJ's is that the stores that have bulk sections around here (Whole Foods and Heritage Natural Market) provide plastic bags for you to fill up in. Plastic! Whole Foods only allows you to fill in the bags they provide ("for sanitary reasons") and Heritage staff learned with me how to tare my containers, but it seemed totally new to them that someone would bring their own containers. Has anyone else found a good place that allows refills in their bulk section? I imagine now with more sanitary concerns, there are even more restrictions. :/

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      Allie Hobgood 7/23/2020 11:30 AM
      Thanks for sharing Hales! I've only ever seen paper at Whole Foods, even since the Amazon buy out. For what it's worth, I generally take my cotton produce bags and fill those. No one has ever had a problem with it (and they're really light so I don't mind if the cashier can't figure out how to remove the specified tare weight).

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      Ashley Beerbroer 7/23/2020 6:43 AM
      I know you can buy in bulk at the Organic Food Depot, but i have never been there myself and I am unsure of how they require items to be packaged/purchased. It would be really nice to have a true bulk store in our area. It would help cut down on food waste as well.

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      Hales Miller 7/22/2020 12:11 PM
      Allie, It's been a while since I tried, but last time I went they only had plastic. The employees said it happened after Whole Foods was bought by Amazon. Idk what it's like now though. 

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      Allie Hobgood 7/22/2020 8:05 AM
      I AGREE with you Hales. This is always a huge source of frustration for me. Whole foods at least had paper bags before. Did they get rid of them?!

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    Hales Miller 7/21/2020 12:04 PM
    Hope you're all well today! With the cafe down and PFJ upon us, I've been a lot better at bringing my lunch to work! I also saved some rogue plastic from blowing off the boat today. 

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    Hales Miller 7/20/2020 8:56 AM
    Hey friends! What are some ways that you encourage your spouses/family members/roommates to join you in being plastic free? One thing I've found that helps is making sure we ONLY have the alternatives available (Stasher bags instead of Ziploc, beeswax instead of cling wrap). What do you do?

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    Hales Miller 7/19/2020 7:50 AM
    Happy Sunday, team! Quick reminder: Watermelon (and fresh fruit in general) is a super tasty plastic-free snack!