July 1 - July 31, 2020

Gabryella Pulsinelli

SAGE EcoLogicals

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 378 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Gabryella's Actions


Minimize Packaging

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



Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

One-Time Action


Say No to Plastic Bags

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



Natural Paints

I will paint rooms in my home with low/no VOC or natural paints.

One-Time Action


Buy Only What I Need

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



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.


Personal Care

Lather Up

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

One-Time Action


  • Reflection Question
    Food Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

    Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/20/2020 7:29 AM
    Okay, so much plastic for no reason, I noticed if I want to reduce my plastic it means having to buy certain things and not others. For example I love oranges but they come in a bag at ALDI so I have to make a choice. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/20/2020 7:16 AM
    Okay right now this is hard because you know COVID and not being able to bring our bags in. HOWEVER, I make an effort to remember to say no bag and just bring the cart out to my car and bag them there. Sometimes I forget but I do my best to say no bag. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

    Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/12/2020 10:42 AM
    Honestly no. With the pandemic everyone is going for the easy option that does not require thinking, it seems it is just a default that people always rely on. 
  • 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?

    Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/12/2020 9:43 AM
    I find myself questioning if I really need something special during this pandemic. Do I really need that chocolate bar? Am I really hungry or just thirsty? I think I want to bring this idea of needs and wants more into my everyday thinking. 

    I want a cookie but do I need a cookie. I want a high sugary drink but do I really need it. 

    I am in the process of furnishing/decorating/moving in/going insane for my house. I have a bunch of boxes of just stuff from my 26 years of living. Do I really need all of it? I hope once I finish my kitchen I can go through and do some decluttering and understand what is just useless plastic and what holds meaning. 

    • Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/14/2020 2:11 PM
      Thanks Louisa!

    • Louisa Lubiak 7/12/2020 7:16 PM
      Gaby, you may have 26 years' worth of stuff to sort thru, but I have 58 years' worth! Would you believe I still have something from when I was a baby? It's my favorite kitty-cat doll, but all that's left of it is the rubber face. At any age, decluttering is mind boggling!

  • Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/10/2020 8:13 PM
    I find it hard trying to support local business but be sustainable at the same time. You can’t bring your own grocery bags in anymore, no reusable mugs, it just adds another barrier to being green. 
  • Reflection Question
    Family Natural Paints
    How do environmental health, community health, and your family's health intersect?

    Gabryella Pulsinelli 7/01/2020 3:27 AM
    It has been proven that those who live in areas with more trees tend to have healthier lives. We take care of each other and the world we are bound to be happier and healthier. Our health and our surroundings impact us greatly and if we live in a polluted area there higher chances of getting sick and such. 

    • Louisa Lubiak 7/10/2020 4:19 PM
      So very true! Go outside & hug a tree - it's good for both you & the tree!  {:-D