July 1 - July 31, 2020

Sara Payne

GSC Trash is Quack

"EARTH! FIRE! WIND! WATER! HEART! By your powers combined..I AM CAPTAIN PLANET!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,432 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    50
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    41
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    22
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Sara's Actions

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make 2 of my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

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

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 10 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Start Composting
    Do an inventory of how much food waste you would save from going to the landfill if you start composting all of the time. What are the added benefits of having compost that is readily accessible?

    Sara Payne 7/31/2020 10:22 AM
    Having a countertop composting container is going to help me keep a lot of food waste out of the landfill because it will make composting more convenient. There have definitely been times where I've just thrown food scraps in the trash can because it's dark/raining/cold out and I don't want to take them outside. Having an accessible bin will help me to not be so lazy.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

    Sara Payne 7/31/2020 6:49 AM
    Making cleaning products is easy, especially after you read a bunch of books on microbiomes and decide that your cleaning products don't need to be super strong. The biggest difference between making and buying is that I have more control and can make sure I like the ingredients.

  • Sara Payne 7/31/2020 6:25 AM
    “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” Anne Marie Bonneau

  • Sara Payne 7/30/2020 6:32 AM
    “No matter how dark the cloud, there is always a thin, silver lining, and that is what we must look for. The silver lining will come, if not to us then to next generation or the generation after that. And maybe with that generation the lining will no longer be thin.” Wangari Maathai

  • Sara Payne 7/29/2020 7:10 AM
    Only three days left! I'm going to buy some composting stuff today so I can check that challenge off.

  • Sara Payne 7/28/2020 8:04 AM
    Got my toothpaste bite things! They are weird, but I don't dislike them.

  • Sara Payne 7/27/2020 4:15 PM
    Got another yogurt jar for storing touch-up paint! No cute logo, though :(

  • Sara Payne 7/26/2020 9:10 AM
    I found a short, rectangular trash can at target that fits paper bags perfectly and I'm super excited about it.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Back in the Bowl
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

    Sara Payne 7/25/2020 4:30 PM
    It's hard to understand the environmental impacts we have because we often don't see them and aren't directly affected by them. Also, being the world's most idiotic species, realizing that there are consequences for our actions isn't really something we do.

  • Sara Payne 7/25/2020 8:49 AM
    Ate with a tiny bamboo fork today, so that was cute.