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Stacy Strickland

Starbucks

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 759 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    20
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    35
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    22
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill

Stacy's Actions

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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 3 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 60 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

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  • Reflection Question
    Family Learn about Environmental Injustice
    What did you and your family learn about environmental justice? What questions came up for you? What feelings?

    Stacy Strickland's avatar
    Stacy Strickland 7/29/2021 10:41 AM
    It has been interesting to learn how the infrastructure (or lack of) impacts how waste is handled in different areas - and the downstream impacts it causes. I think the most frustrating part is that the cost to "fix" all of the problems is higher than the cost to just change the way businesses source or manufacture products to begin with. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

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    Stacy Strickland 7/21/2021 3:04 PM
    I've noticed that the food with less packaging is actually better - it's better tasting and better for me. Fruits, veggies, fresh baked goods that I can put in my own bag or get in a paper wrapper. Items from the bulk bins or deli counter that are fresh and better tasting, often have better packaging options - even if the store doesn't let me use my own container.
  • 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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    Stacy Strickland 7/19/2021 10:29 AM
    The repurpose.global website has an interesting survey. I understand that most consumers will buy in plastic, however I feel that you can cook gourmet meals and have a super clean house without purchasing items in plastic... their categories could use some updating. Never-the-less, ordering take away has definitely increased the amount of plastic in my life and I can't wait for the WA-state law to go into effect to reduce the amount of single use utensils, etc. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using reusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable food packaging or eating utensils, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

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    Stacy Strickland 7/15/2021 1:29 PM
    I find that avoiding single-use utensils is hit or miss. On both my side and the restaurant's. I'm working to be more consistent with telling them I don't need utensils and am keeping fingers crossed that it works. The hardest is when I place an online order for delivery and there isn't a field to specify "no utensils"...

    • Christopher Stazzone's avatar
      Christopher Stazzone 7/16/2021 7:57 AM
      I have had this same issue when ordering food online. Some places I have ordered from do have a "no utensils" option, which I love. However, sometimes I still receive the utensils even when I choose the options. I think some habits like this are hard to break, but an option for no utensils might be a cool idea for our MO&P customers!

    • Gina Dullanty's avatar
      Gina Dullanty 7/15/2021 10:26 PM
      Ooo.. a field to specify no utensils!! That’s a great idea!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup
    Since the restrictions that COVID-19 has required of our society, trying to use your own cup might present new barriers, as well as new opportunities for creative problem solving. How were you able to achieve success on this action? How can you make it a long-term habit?

    Stacy Strickland's avatar
    Stacy Strickland 7/15/2021 1:27 PM
    I'm finding more success in using my own cup/bottle for water than for hot drinks. Some places still don't allow personal cups. So thankful that Starbucks has allowed them again - that is saving soo many cups!

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    Stacy Strickland 7/12/2021 8:24 AM
    I'm traveling this week - in NYC - and am so glad to see compostable items when we get takeout. Except there is no compost bin to put them in, so they're all going to be landfill bound. I hope municipalities are recognizing this and moving towards better, more sustainable longterm solutions. 

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    Stacy Strickland 6/23/2021 12:09 PM
    I'm so excited for this EcoChallenge and to get back into some of the great habits I had before the pandemic put a halt to bringing my own containers to the store or having the option to dine in and use reusables. I'm ready to say goodbye to single use items and takeaway containers!