July 1 - July 31, 2020

Hales Miller

The Order of the Sea Turtles

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

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 160 This Week
  • 304 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    6
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    23
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Hales's 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 6
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 6
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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Feed


  • Hales Miller 7/09/2020 8:09 AM
    Hey all, happy Thursday! I visited my garden yesterday, and it is EXPLODING. Still no tomatoes, but the plants are definitely growing a ton! The sunflowers are up past my shoulders!

    • Allie Hobgood 7/09/2020 12:07 PM
      I know! He usually cans SO MUCH salsa and tomato sauce. I dont know what I'm going to eat for the rest of the year without it lol.

    • Hales Miller 7/09/2020 11:01 AM
      Aww Allie that's so sad!

    • Allie Hobgood 7/09/2020 8:28 AM
      My dad, an avid gardener, doesn't expect a great tomato crop this year. He says it was too cold and rainy early in the season and apparently that is not a great environment for tomatoes. He said a lot of them developed a fungal infection that seriously retards development :(

  • Hales Miller 7/08/2020 9:35 AM
    Hey team, hope everyone's having a great day today! I am super impressed and inspired by all of the posts in our Team Feed this year. Keep it up!

    • Allie Hobgood 7/09/2020 8:35 AM
      I was just telling Kathleen that the feed is so busy this year. I am absolutely loving it!

  • Hales Miller 7/07/2020 9:55 AM
    Last year I tried to switch to a shampoo bar, but the one I got left a lot of residue. THEN a couple of months ago, I bought a shampoo bar and a conditioner bar from The Good Fill, a zero waste store in Nashville. The store sent it to me in all paper packaging. These bars are really great, no residue, and they smell nice too! If you have to shop online for a shampoo bar or other zero waste products, I recommend The Good Fill. Here's their website: https://thegoodfill.co/

    • Allie Hobgood 7/07/2020 3:59 PM
      I've had the same problem with the one I'm currently using! If you have one that you need to get through and just don't wanna toss, ACV works really well as a rinse after you shampoo to remove all the gunk :)

  • Hales Miller 7/06/2020 5:25 AM
    Hi all! If you're feeling frustrated by how hard it is to be plastic free, that should be a reminder to you that institutional/systemic change is more important than personal choice. We can do a lot through our individual actions, BUT going plastic free is still like swimming upstream sometimes. We depend on companies and governments to turn the right choice into the easy choice. Take some time to write to companies or government leaders about how important plastic reduction is from the source. And also take time to lift up and thank companies who are doing it right! One business that I'm really excited to visit is Less Than in Norfolk. :)

    • Allie Hobgood 7/07/2020 3:54 PM
      Yes Hales! This is so important. Working on organizing a fun trip for all of us to go there :) You are amazing! Keep up the good work!

  • Hales Miller 7/05/2020 8:21 AM
    Happy Sunday! Hey if anyone is interested, I have a ton of tomato plants at my house that need a garden to live in. They're free. Just let me know how many plants you want (up to 5) and what days you work, and I'll bring them for you. Growing your own garden is a fun way to get plastic-free food!

  • Hales Miller 7/02/2020 2:28 PM
    ANOTHER THING: We earn points just by posting on here each day. So give your team an update or encouragement post every day! 

  • Hales Miller 7/02/2020 2:26 PM
    WELP. Last night I bought a cannoli from the Harris Teeter bakery, and they gave it to me in a HUGE plastic container. Like, that container could have fit 6 cannolis. Anyway, that container will soon be given a second life as a seed-sprouting container. I've decided to try my best this year but not be too hard on myself if I don't do everything perfectly. COVID makes this stuff even harder. And also, sometimes I just really want a cannoli.

  • Hales Miller 5/29/2020 9:23 AM
    LET'S GOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!