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Merry Rankin

Live Green! Iowa State University

Points Total

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  • 816 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    155
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    61
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    7
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Merry's Actions

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 20 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

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

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 2 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging, making sure to wash them well before using them.

COMPLETED 9
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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Merry Rankin 7/29/2020 10:45 AM
    I continue to be overwhelmed by how many components of life have plastic imbedded in them.  However, this Challenge has reminded me to not feel like I have to accomplish everything at once, rather to just to committed to being observant, making change (even is seemingly small) and keep moving forward.

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    Merry Rankin 7/24/2020 8:06 AM
    Plastic free meal has been one of the biggest challenges for me.  Not necessarily main ingredients, but the side components...  rice, macaroni, the spices, cheese.  Has me definitely learning more about what my local grocers offer in products and services.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

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    Merry Rankin 7/21/2020 12:46 PM
    Definitely a little easier pre-COVID, as far as shopping and not using plastic bags for produce. At least many of our grocery stores are still not allowing reusable bags - either in general or for produce.  Definitely makes me further consider meal planning.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal
    We know you want to - tell us about why your pet is so awesome!

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    Merry Rankin 7/21/2020 12:43 PM
    What a great idea!!  VERY effective!!  And with something that has multi-uses!  Very effective for getting pet hair off of upholstered furniture too.

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    Merry Rankin 7/07/2020 8:29 AM
    SO many plastics in life!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pretty oh so Pretty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

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    Merry Rankin 7/02/2020 9:30 AM
    I have been looking for personal care products for years to help me get away from plastic. It takes time, but the internet is so helpful in finding discussion groups and connecting to others trying to do the same thing. It is really a great feeling to not put ANYTHING in the trash when I finish using the products that are in sustainable packaging materials!!