July 1 - July 31, 2020

Martha Regester

GSC Forces of Nature

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,335 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    293
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    33
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    90
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    34
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    58
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Martha's Actions

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

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

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Family

Natural Paints

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

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

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

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 29
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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 1 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 2 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 30
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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • Martha Regester 7/31/2020 11:46 AM
    Super proud of all of our GSC teams! It's a fun challenge for a sobering global problem. 

    • Jessica Hoffman 7/31/2020 6:25 PM
      Agree!! Fantastic showing for all of us on a national scale.  Well done!!!



  • Martha Regester 7/31/2020 11:43 AM
    My last lunch with Sporkie for the plastic-free challenge, but definitely not the last time to use it. Looking forward to next week's lunches as well!
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  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Martha Regester 7/31/2020 6:41 AM
    My trash audit pointed out a couple areas I can be better. I already compost, use t-shirt rags for cleaning vs paper, and recycle/reuse when possible. But I am really bad about mail waste and could be better about online options and following up on the amount of junk mail. It's not horrible, but the political season is starting to rev up, which means fliers I don't want to read. What I have really noticed is the amount of recycling and trash that go to the curb - we have been limited in the plastics and cartons that go out, making careful shopping even more important!


  • Martha Regester 7/30/2020 10:45 AM
    And since there are picnic tables in Country Park I peeked into what is being thrown away. Sure hate styrofoam, and lots of plastic clamshells and packaging. : ( What happened to packing a picnic at home and taking it with you? 

  • Martha Regester 7/30/2020 10:43 AM
    Thought I'd go for one more plastic trash pick-up in July, and filled a bag from our parking through the top part of Country Park. My trash haul? Mostly plastic/styrofoam, and I sorted out the bottles I can recycle. 
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  • Martha Regester 7/30/2020 9:33 AM
    I store a lot of my grains/pasta/beans in glass jars, which is great when I buy from bins . . . but sometimes this backfires. It's hard for me to tell the steel cut oats from bulgur. FYI - they are not interchangeable in tabbouleh!

  • Martha Regester 7/29/2020 8:46 AM
    Woohoo! Look who took the top spot. Conservation competition is a good thing!

  • Reflection Question
    Community Host a Watch Party
    How does hosting a watch party help you to get to know your guests, connect them to the cause you are focusing on, and build your community?

    Martha Regester 7/29/2020 6:52 AM
    As with my plastic cleanup, my "community" was my family - Jeff and Ben. Ben is majoring in environmental science/marine biology, so the 90 minute documentary "The Story of Plastic" was a good choice. I would like to say we are hopeful but more like totally demoralized. It's nice to think of the next generation's work and how we support a path forward - this movie made it clear that personal actions are cool but not the root of action needed. And Ben's comment was that we can't get our nation to work together with the very present life-threatening COVID so how can we tackle climate change and plastics? I don't know what to tell him. 

    • Jessica Hoffman 7/29/2020 6:17 PM
      Sadness.  I had watching a documentary originally on my action lists but ended up trading it out for something else because of these very reasons.   Didn't want to feel demoralized which I feel is all too typical whith these things.  

  • Martha Regester 7/29/2020 6:48 AM
    I was saving my donation for a special occasion and here it is - $30 in honor of Sam's 30th birthday. Well, you look about 30 . . . 

  • Martha Regester 7/28/2020 1:56 PM
    Hey Team - we are ranked 44 out of 380 teams! Not too shabby for 5 members!