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Michelle Refuerzo

Starbucks Team

"To energize and empower our community to be more sustainable with every sip!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,751 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    49
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1,069
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1.0
    donations
    made
  • up to
    47
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    70
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1,501
    minutes
    spent learning

Michelle's Actions

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 180 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption

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

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

Community

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 120 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 3 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 120 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

Community

Become a Recycling Pro

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 120 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 120 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 120 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
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

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 120 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 21
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 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 25 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 90 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate For Better Food Packaging

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Sustainable Suds: Pet Edition

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar or refillable shampoo option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Clean Plate Club

When I need to replace my dish soap, I will switch to a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit - including recyclables and compost - to understand how much waste I create and where I can reduce the most.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Use a Reusable Cup at Starbucks

Use a reusable cup for your Starbucks beverage.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Michelle Refuerzo 7/31/2022 10:35 PM
    After reflecting on this past month, the final third of which I spent in another country, my greatest concern has definitely evolved.
    The way we are affecting the planet differs from person to person, nation to nation - no doubt. And of course, some are naturally better with change.
    (Does anyone remember when the US tried to switch to the metric system for a hot second but quickly gave up?)
    What I’ve experienced, however, is that Germany prioritizes sustainability over convenience, single use plastic is not very common, and people follow the extensive recycling rules. I know it wasn’t  “simple”, but I wish we could follow a similar path. 
    (All of these bins pictured below are for a different material)
  • Reflection Question
    Community Tour A Waste Management Facility
    Landfills and recycling centers tell us a lot about our communities and purchasing habits. What did you glean from your tour?

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    Michelle Refuerzo 7/30/2022 11:37 PM
    I’m probably one of the first tourists that has ever asked to tour a waste management site in Germany 🤣 next time I’m in Europe I’ll plan this out in advance so I can better explain my intentions. I’m sure they thought I was such a goon, but it was a fun experience. I am blown away that there are so many bins and everyone respects them!! 
    And for the public areas that only have one bin, everything is carefully placed in there, and trash is sorted upon pickup. No plastic bags in the bins BECAUSE THEY DONT USE PLASTIC BAGS! 🥹 

    I truly love it here!! 🇩🇪😍🖤❤️💛

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    Michelle Refuerzo 7/30/2022 11:26 PM
    After learning more about chocolate packaging, I was delighted to stumble across this machine! Saving the climate is celebrated EVERYWHERE in Germany! So grateful I could make my visit to the chocolate museum carbon neutral! (and the chocolate 🍫 was wrapped in foil!! 🥹🙏🏽)

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    Michelle Refuerzo 7/30/2022 1:59 PM
    Our stores in Germany are making their Frappuccinos with coffee and cream base that comes in a box!!!  

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    Michelle Refuerzo 7/30/2022 10:08 AM
    Well… the food was too good - not pictured here! But we used our reusable cutlery and got our Starbucks drinks in our reusable cups! Such a wonderful day in Freiburg! Now we’re off to Munich ✌🏽

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    Michelle Refuerzo 7/30/2022 10:05 AM
    Well… the food was too good - not pictured here! But we used our reusable cutlery and got our Starbucks drinks in our reusable cups! Such a wonderful day in Freiburg! Now we’re off to Munich ✌🏽

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    Michelle Refuerzo 7/29/2022 10:39 AM
    I used my reusable cup at Starbucks today on the way to Freiburg and I thought I’d get one of my go to faves - a pink drink with no strawberries. First of all, it had a much cooler name “Pink Starbucks Coconut Refresha” and it can’t be different in Germany, right?🫢 Wrong!! 😆 

    They also do a 30 cent discount when you bring in your reusable cup! Love that!!

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      Gina Dullanty 7/30/2022 3:01 AM
      Love everything about this! 30 cent discount and a sweet name?! Refresha… that’s so cool!
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Sustainable Suds: Pet Edition
    In what ways does your pet make your life happier, more interesting, or more rewarding?

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    Michelle Refuerzo 7/28/2022 9:36 AM
    I haven’t seen my furry friends in over a week because I’ve been in Germany! I miss them! 🥲 Here are Tabacho (cat) and Affogato (dog)! These two and Leo (cat, not pictured) bring me so much joy. Each one knows their name and will come on command. Bacho and Affo will  sit on command. Affo can also shake, spin to the left, spin to the right, high five, lay down, roll over, and give kisses! She is such a smart dog and I’ve never had such reciprocal, unconditional love with another animal. 😍
  • Reflection Question
    Community Give Some Green Gratitude
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Michelle Refuerzo 7/28/2022 9:23 AM
    I personally don’t have social media except for LinkedIn, and while I don’t use it for the same purpose as the youngsters of today (wow I sound old), the companies and people I follow represent my values to a tee. It’s a great way to reach a large amount of people!

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    Michelle Refuerzo 7/28/2022 12:26 AM
    This message can have many interpretations. When thinking about the plastic problem, it is especially relevant.
    This month has been invaluable in creating a profound impact on my understanding of sustainability and how I can make the biggest impact. I’m astonished at how much I’ve learned the past three and a half weeks!