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Cheryl Payne

National Aquarium

"By using less plastic we'll help out everyone!"

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    52
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    37
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Cheryl's Actions

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.

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Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

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Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads

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Personal Care

Lather Up

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

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Lifestyle

Travel Toiletries

If traveling, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me in a TSA approved reusable quart sized bag.

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Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 7
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 29
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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

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Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Cheryl Payne 7/31/2020 6:42 AM
    I've also tried to reuse plastic a lot more. Sometimes plastic packaging is unavoidable, but if I can repurpose it, at least it's better than nothing!
  • 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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    Cheryl Payne 7/31/2020 6:39 AM
    I'm still trying to find a shampoo bar I like since I've switched off of Lush. But there are a lot of good options so I'll find one eventually!
  • 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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    Cheryl Payne 7/31/2020 6:38 AM
    Pretty self explanatory. Works well.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Smart
    How can/did you prepare to be successful in this action? Did you engage in conversation with anyone about your new habit?

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    Cheryl Payne 7/31/2020 6:38 AM
    It's easy and cost efficient to pack ahead! There are always water fountains around to refill bottles, and having food packed ahead saves money on impulse purchases.
  • 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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    Cheryl Payne 7/31/2020 6:37 AM
    It's interesting seeing the total amount I use and a good way to start thinking more about the overall plastic consumption in my life.

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    Cheryl Payne 7/31/2020 6:33 AM
    Last day to the challenge! Although I'm sure we'll all continue to limit our plastic use in August and beyond!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Reusable Face Coverings
    In what other ways can you use creativity or innovation to reduce your waste while adapting to our current times?

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    Cheryl Payne 7/31/2020 6:32 AM
    I've made 60+ reusable face masks since March, most of them out of fabric I already had so I didn't have to purchase anything for them.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

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    Cheryl Payne 7/31/2020 6:31 AM
    I limited my purchases to things I needed, but that's something I've been doing so it didn't make much of a difference on my day-to-day this month.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Natural Fibers
    What are the benefits (to people, animals, and the environment) of purchasing clothes made with natural fibers?

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    Cheryl Payne 7/31/2020 6:30 AM
    When buying clothes this month I tried to pick out 100% cotton shirts. They're more comfortable to wear and don't shed microplastics. It limited my options a lot, but there were still enough cotton shirts in the department store that I could pick out something I liked.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Toiletries
    What is the benefit of using bar soaps or refilling your travel sized containers? Is this an action you think you will keep in your life?

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    Cheryl Payne 7/31/2020 6:28 AM
    I'm packing for a trip next month and having bar soaps and shampoo is nice because it saves on plastic and it means I worry less about things spilling!