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Katie Ruffolo

Greensboro Science Center

"Changing the future one piece of plastic at a time. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 818 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    79
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    19
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    9
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    16
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    14
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Katie's Actions

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 10 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

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

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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 10 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

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 2 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Katie Ruffolo 8/02/2021 5:18 AM
    Never stop trying to make a difference. I overheard my mom saying "she's changed how I think about things...' in regards to waste and recycling, and it was a big win for me. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

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    Katie Ruffolo 7/29/2021 9:47 AM
    I use 52 kg of plastic waste a year. I definitely have some changes to make but overall I know I am making a difference!

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    Katie Ruffolo 7/28/2021 9:16 AM
    Every July I strive to make changes for the next year to be more ecofriendly and plastic free. I am challenging myself this year to make more homemade foods like mayonnaise, pickles, relish, bbq sauce, etc., and store them in reusable containers rather than buying them consistently. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Ditch Dryer Sheets
    Often, single-use and disposable products don't just create more trash - they also contain toxins that are bad for humans. What are some other single-use items that are harmful to humans?

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    Katie Ruffolo 7/28/2021 9:13 AM
    The biggest single use issue that I am aware of is the evidence of microplastic that end up in our food! There are also tons of contaminates in our water that come from the trash from single use items. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusables at Work
    It is often true that we only have control over our own actions and not the collective community. How can you lead by example when it comes to switching disposables for reusable dishes in your community?

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    Katie Ruffolo 7/27/2021 9:47 AM
    Sharing the easy ways to carry and store reusable utensils will help encourage others to make the switch!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Katie Ruffolo 7/22/2021 6:21 AM
    Picking up litter requires me to be out in nature and exploring different environments in order to keep them clean. I am also learning that our community is doing better than I thought, as I am seeing much less trash than in previous years.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make My Own
    How do you feel about being more involved in the food preparation process? Joyful, overwhelmed, engaged, empowered? What are the benefits of choosing to process or produce your own food instead of buying it pre-processed?

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    Katie Ruffolo 7/21/2021 5:14 AM
    It was very exciting to make my own pickles! I am a little nervous about the result, there are so many different recipes with all different processes. It has been an exciting experience to grow food for my family and I am eager to learn more about how to make it last.
  • 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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    Katie Ruffolo 7/20/2021 7:15 AM
    I never realized how much plastic waste I still create when it comes to foods. I eat a protein bar for breakfast nearly everyday and they are individually wrapped. BUT I did buy a large container of yogurt rather than single serve, and we have been grating our own cheese instead of buying bagged. I am hoping to switch from single serve items completely in the future.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    What are the most pressing environmental justice concerns in your city, town, or region? Were you aware of or affected by these local concerns before you did your research?

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    Katie Ruffolo 7/20/2021 7:13 AM
    When researching plastic pollution in Greensboro, the first information to show up in the search was about how to avoid plastic pollution, and there were a great number of resources from the City of Greensboro talking about recycling, composting, and even Plastic Free July! I also read an article discussing current studies about microplastics in our waterways. Information is still being collected and solutions are being designed. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Research Local Waste Sites
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

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    Katie Ruffolo 7/14/2021 5:09 AM
    Living in Randolph County has caused me to research and explore new areas for recyclables in the community. I am please that many sites offer free collection for even large items to regulate where electronics and other harmful items are ending up. And free Styrofoam recycling is a huge win!