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Thomas Saad

Cleveland Clinic Sustainability

""BE PART OF THE SOLUTION Not PART OF THE Polution""

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,992 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    253
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    106
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    217
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    12
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    2.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    652
    minutes
    spent learning

Thomas's Actions

Food

Cook a Plastic Free Meal

I will prepare meals at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY 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

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

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

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 2 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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

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

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

Family

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 30 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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

Family

Use Reusable Baby Wipes

I will make better choices for the environment and my baby's bum by using reusable baby wipes most or all of the time.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Choose Reusable Food Storage

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

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

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

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

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 2 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Become a Recycling Pro

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 15 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will switch to a plastic-free toothpaste — whether purchased or DIY'd.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Thoughtful Toys

I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Use Cloth Diapers

I will replace single use diapers with reusable cloth diapers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 3 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 10 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Homemade Pet Treats

I will prepare my own pet treats to avoid plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 2 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip Plastic Bags

When possible, I will not use disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Thomas Saad 8/10/2022 8:23 AM

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    Thomas Saad 7/31/2022 12:15 PM

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    Thomas Saad 7/31/2022 12:14 PM
    This isn't the end, this is only the beginning ! 
    Thank you Plastic Free Ecochallenge 2022!

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    Thomas Saad 7/30/2022 3:16 AM
    I bring cut back my garden and flower pots and move them into the garage in the winter.  The spikes, trees, ivies and perennials survive for the following year.  I'll water them periodically when the temperature is above freezing. 

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    Thomas Saad 7/29/2022 5:16 AM
    The Plastic Free Ecochallenge has taught me:

    The 5 Things you need to know to recycle Right!
    1.   Know what’s recyclable in your city.
    2.   2. Don’t bag it!
    3.   Clean and dry matters.
    4.   When in doubt, trash it.
    5.   Buy recycled.

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    Thomas Saad 7/29/2022 5:08 AM

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    Thomas Saad 7/28/2022 6:22 AM
    The square and rectangle plastic produce containers work great to sort my miscellaneous house hardware, nuts & bolts :)

    • Crystal Tyree's avatar
      Crystal Tyree 7/28/2022 9:45 AM
      I never thought to use these containers for these things! Amazing idea!

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    Thomas Saad 7/27/2022 6:01 AM
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Proper Bioplastic Disposal
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Thomas Saad 7/27/2022 5:59 AM
    I found, "A landfill is not a sustainable option. Bioplastics are made to be recycled, composted, or used for energy recovery. To place bioplastics in a landfill is to miss the opportunity to dispose of the bioplastics in a way that is useful to the earth and society. Landfills with biodegradable plastics, even fossil and bio-based ones, can result in higher methane emissions, which increases a negative climate impact.

    While it’s better to move away from the use of plastics, this cannot always be done easily. Therefore, when you use plastics, choose to dispose of it in a way that honors the earth and the future."