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Linda Rowe

South Carolina Aquarium

"To always improve my habits and learn something new everyday!"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 215 THIS WEEK
  • 1,350 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1
    community event
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    1,020
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    4
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    30
    pounds
    waste avoided

Linda's actions

Bedroom

Clean the Dryer Vent

Every time we tumble dry our laundry, our clothes' lifespans get a little shorter. The lint trap is evidence of the shedding fibers and our clothes slowly losing their quality. The less time our clothes need to be in the dryer, the longer they'll last. So this month, I will clean my dryer's interior and exterior air vents to help the dryer work more efficiently (and extend the life of the dryer!).

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Use What You Have

The only thing worse than a single-use item is a zero-use item! I will use (and use up) what I already have in my home before buying something new.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Knowledge

I will share my knowledge about plastic pollution and ways to be more sustainable to other professionals through presentations and formal talks,

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Be a Compost Ranger

I will support composting/recycling at a major event hosted by my organization so that we can achieve close to zero waste for the event.

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Bedroom

Declutter Sustainably

While it can be tempting to throw away (or drop off at Goodwill) any and everything that no longer brings us joy, there are so many options that are better for the planet! This month, I will declutter my home and properly dispose or re-home the things I no longer want.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Bedroom

Rethink Returns

While most stores offer lenient return policies, what actually happens to all of those returns? I will spend 20 minutes learning about what happens to returns and how I can make better purchasing decisions to avoid returns in the future.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Bedroom

Sunshine Bleached

I will hang-dry my laundry to use the sun as a natural bleach alternative, or use another natural bleach alternative.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Take the pre-survey!

Help us make the Plastic Free Ecochallenge the best it can be! Take the challenge pre-survey (and look out for the post-survey at the end of the challenge!) so we can better understand the impact the challenge has and how we can improve in the future. Plus, you'll earn points for completing it! Thank you!

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Natural Corks

Natural cork is a sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable material, but many wineries are switching to synthetic corks for their wine bottles. Using a database like CORKWatch, I will choose wines with a natural cork closure, and properly compost or recycle them after enjoying my wine.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Give Veggie Scraps Another Life

Vegetable broth cartons are not easily recycled and often not accepted for recycling at all. To avoid or reduce my use of these cartons, I will save my vegetable scraps and fresh herb stems to make homemade vegetable broth instead.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

In addition to refusing and reducing my consumption of single-use plastics, I will pick up 25 piece(s) of litter each day of the Plastic Free Ecochallenge.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    What was the most unexpected piece of trash that was picked up during your local cleanup effort?

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    Linda Rowe 7/17/2024 3:56 PM
    A Barbie boot along the busy walking/biking trail in Greenville! Not much other unusual stuff, but I fully enjoyed teaming up with folks who’ve moved from the Charleston area to do a litter sweep in the Upstate.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Use What You Have
    Besides the economic benefits of using the things we already own, how can this practice impact our lives in other ways and influence the way we interact with "things"?

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    Linda Rowe 7/14/2024 5:35 AM
    This simple concept of using what I already have makes me be more creative and reminds me that I really don't like to waste anytihng. It's so easy to look at a recipe and think, "oh I don't have these 2 ingredients, so I can't make that and I just went to the grocery store, but I guess I'll have to go back soon to get them." This daily action forces me to stop, check my inventory, and come up with creative changes. It also makes me re-discover what I've got already and plan for how I'll use things I had been overlooking.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bedroom Rethink Returns
    How has learning what happens to returns influenced how you make purchasing decisions?

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    Linda Rowe 7/04/2024 1:03 PM
    After learning that returns create almost 6 Billion pounds of landfull waste per year (WHAT!), I will definitely be more thoughtful about what I buy. Free returns has such a huge environmental cost, it is shocking! I will definitely try to re-Home items I don't want to keep, especially if they are practically unused.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Natural Corks
    Do you have a favorite winery? Do they use natural or synthetic corks for their wines? If they use synthetic, how can you advocate for them to use natural corks instead?

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    Linda Rowe 7/03/2024 5:17 PM
    Chateau St Michelle out of Washington state is my go to winery. I visited there many years ago so I like to support them. They do use natural corks, and I turn them in at work and they eventually get sent to ReCork for recycling.

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    Linda Rowe 6/30/2024 7:50 AM
    Hello Team!

    Thank you for joining this year’s Plastic Free Ecochallenge! Are you ready?

    Starting tomorrow, July 1, begin challenging yourself to take action on your plastic free commitments AND remember to CHECK-IN on the website.

    Earn the most points by checking in everyday and engaging with the team! So post on our team thread about your successes and challenges. Let teammates know where to find sustainably-packaged products or local events to join.

    We have some great prizes for our highest scorers! Restaurant gift cards, outdoor experiences, special event tickets and so much more.

    Quick tips for success:
    • Load Ecochallenge.org on your home screen for easy check ins (search mobile app on Ecochallenge website and follow instuctions).
    • Keep a list of your actions on your phone (Notes or Calendar app).
    • Set daily reminders to check in.
    • Have fun and try to learn something new,
    It’s all about collective action and we’re in this together. Go team!