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Alexandra Powers

Women in Leadership ARG

"I am excited to learn more about ways to reduce my carbon footprint while setting a good example for my son. Want to leave the world a better place for his future!"

Points Total

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  • 857 Total

Participant Impact

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    62
    advocacy actions
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    62
    conversations
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  • up to
    338
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    198
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    309
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    80
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    63
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Alexandra's Actions

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 10 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 30 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

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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 26
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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 3 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

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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.

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One-Time Action

Family

Provide the Alternatives

I will provide daily plastic free alternatives (straws, water bottles, cuttlery, bar soap, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.) for my family to use.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 5 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 26
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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 26
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

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    Alexandra Powers 7/02/2021 9:04 AM
    Off to a great start! Impressed how much useful information my local Waste Management Center has on what we can and cannot recycle locally. Have a great holiday weekend, team!
  • 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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    Alexandra Powers 6/28/2021 7:12 AM
    This change is a huge cost saver. We have invested in re-useable travel bottles and filling them before we travel is far easier and cheaper than buying anything travel size.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

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    Alexandra Powers 6/28/2021 7:12 AM
    This change has actually been helpful! I feel far more prepared when I bring our own food, knowing that no one will get "angry" is a life saver!
  • Reflection Question
    Family Provide the Alternatives
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) does your family regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Alexandra Powers 6/28/2021 7:10 AM
    We use a lot of single-use coffee cups, especially being new parents. We have now started bringing our own cups when we buy coffee and most places are HAPPY to use them instead of the single-use cups.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Thrifty Pets
    How does buying used differ from buying new? How does each purchasing decision make you feel?

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    Alexandra Powers 6/22/2021 12:46 PM
    Donating these items to a local animal rescue. They always welcome the items with open arms.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

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    Alexandra Powers 6/22/2021 12:45 PM
    We now use vinegar to clean almost everything and use ice-cream salt mixed with water instead of weed killer on our pavers.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Prevent Recycling Contamination
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Alexandra Powers 6/22/2021 12:44 PM
    I've learned that pizza boxes are NOT recyclable due to grease! In fact, including them in the bin can actually contaminate other recyclable materials.