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Mickey Jo Sorrell

YES!

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  • 624 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    11
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    138
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    24
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    16
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Mickey Jo's Actions

Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 15 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 15 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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 15 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

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

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging, making sure to wash them well before using them.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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 9
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Mickey Jo Sorrell 8/03/2021 6:48 AM
    A family health crisis has made a major adjustment to my life. I'm still taking trash pickup walks every day, working in the garden, minimizing plastic use, etc., but there has just been no time to record actions on a regular basis. I have enjoyed what I've learned and especially liked knowing that there's a big team working together - not just one little old chicken mama.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Start Composting
    Do an inventory of how much food waste you would save from going to the landfill if you start composting all of the time. What are the added benefits of having compost that is readily accessible?

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    Mickey Jo Sorrell 7/19/2021 10:55 AM
    We fill a gallon bucket almost every day - and it goes right to the compost bin. The compost eventually goes to the garden, but almost every day a shovel full of compost and worms detours to the chicken pen. YUM.
  • 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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    Mickey Jo Sorrell 7/19/2021 10:53 AM
    Whewwwww. Plastic. Chemicals. 
    Maybe what concerns me most is that most folks are too busy trying to survive to be concerned about plastic and chemicals (and litter and injustice and climate change and ....).
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Fresh as a Daisy
    Do some research on the toxic side affects of aluminum deodorant. After reading the side effects, can you think of instances where you may have experienced the side effects from this form of deodorant?

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    Mickey Jo Sorrell 7/17/2021 1:46 PM
    I've been using natural deodorants for years and I try to use none at all at least once a week. Doing a little research (thank you very much) I've discovered more about how to make my own. I'm looking forward to removing this 'one more piece of plastic' from my life.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    Single use plastics have become normalized in our society to the point that most people don't see them as a problem. What would you say to a friend, colleague, or family member who may not understand why these disposables are an issue?

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    Mickey Jo Sorrell 7/17/2021 1:41 PM
    It's complicated. This is what we say at my house. WHY?
    Plastic recycling needs to be simple - and universal - or at least the same across the state. Instead....well, you know. "We do our best" is all I can say. Read the rules for your municipality so you know what can and can't be recycled. Refuse, reuse, reduce. Recycle where possible. Otherwise we're wasting energy and land and littering in our creeks and rivers - and our ocean. 
    We do our best. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel?

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    Mickey Jo Sorrell 7/17/2021 1:35 PM
    Like I'm not alone. I spend time almost everyday picking up trash as I roam my neighborhood. I have to work at my attitude. Instead of thinking "who on Earth dropped this can here? This is the third time this week." I try to adjust to "looks so good when there's no trash" or "yesterday's rain really caught a lot of trash and sent it down the hill." And of course, sometimes I think "why does no one else ever......"
    Picking up trash with others removes A LOT more trash AND I feel connected and no so much like I'm "the only one."
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

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    Mickey Jo Sorrell 7/15/2021 11:57 AM
    I do 90% of my shopping at the local food co-op (and the rest out of my garden or the farmers' market). I will request the co-op carry Bite bits - and until then I'll make my own tooth powder. Hooray for this info. Thank you.

  • 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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    Mickey Jo Sorrell 7/15/2021 11:10 AM
    My brief research and my experience support the claim: Landfills are located in historical black communities, which now includes lowest income levels of all people. As towns develop toward the landfill, the story changes to "clean it up, close it down, ship it out." Times change, but oh so slowly.

  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care That Was a Close Shave
    What have you noticed about the economic and social impact of switching to steel razors? Was there ever really a need for disposable razors, or do you think it was just a way to sell more things?

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    Mickey Jo Sorrell 7/03/2021 11:18 AM
    Honestly? I haven’t shaved in 40+ years. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Say No to "Flushable Wipes"
    Even though they are marketed as "flushable," disposable wipes do not disintegrate in water or the sewer system, and actually release microplastics into our waterways. How does it feel to learn this information? What do you want to do about it?

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    Mickey Jo Sorrell 7/03/2021 11:17 AM
    I’ve known about this and have not bought them.