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Melissa Tomecz

JAC Sustainability

"We need to see how we can cut back or eliminate as much plastic as possible in our daily lives, to improve our health and the environment."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,342 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    450
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    38
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Melissa's Actions

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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads

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

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 30 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

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or I will make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 30 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 60 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Melissa Tomecz 7/31/2020 6:42 PM
    I can't believe this is the end of the challenge.  I took part in the Earth Day Eco Challenge this year too but only entered midway.  This whole month, I was committed to doing my best at improving my habits when it comes to plastic consumption and the truth about plastic.  I am quite proud of the steps I took and am ready to continue with my new practices.  It can only be for the better!  I hope I encouraged others to do the same :)
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Melissa Tomecz 7/31/2020 9:10 AM
    This challenge was not really difficult, as we already use our own reusable bags when we go shopping.  I had started ditching the produce bag for fruits and vegetables too---my husband reuses them and brings them to shop with.  Plus, when you don't go out, you can't accept any bags!  I chose this challenge because I wanted to see how often I would have to make that choice.  In Montreal, plastic bags have been banned for a while but not produce ones.  I hope that will be the next step.  Unfortunately, during this pandemic, circumstances have made it that plastic produce bags are forced on you because of certain measures (like at the market: corn was pre-packaged in batches of six to avoid people from coming close together and picking their own).
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Melissa Tomecz 7/30/2020 8:16 PM
    We watched A Plastic Ocean (2018).  It brought tears to my eyes and we both learned disturbing things about how people depend on plastic, simply because it is cheaper.  Plastic has made its way into the food chain and is killing much sea life and birds.  It is leaching into our food and drinks.  Communities in Fiji are burning plastic to create fire for cooking their food---with devastating results (people dying of cancer).  However, there are solutions and hope.  It starts with the individual and the demand to use no or less plastic in their life.  Switching to alternatives is much healthier and there is value in recycling.  We have seen how companies are finding ways to fix the mistakes that humanity has made in creating hormonal/toxic plastics.  I am happy that Montreal has started to move in the right direction but more needs to be done here and globally.  What a movie to watch.  It sends a clear message and it is a fitting way to end this month long challenge!  Everyone should watch it.  When people see/learn, they react.  When they react, they ACT.

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    Melissa Tomecz 7/29/2020 1:07 PM
    I love playing badminton but the birdie is not very sustainable, when it comes to reducing waste or recycling.   Because they are made up of many different parts, it is not possible to recycle them but they don't have to go into the garbage.  I found out that they can be reused as toys for cats!  It was suggested to bring used birdies to animal shelters or I can throw one to my cats and see what they think :)

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    Melissa Tomecz 7/28/2020 2:12 PM
    Found out where to take all my #6's (Styrofoam or polystyrene), instead of throwing it in the trash.  We have an Eco Centre near by that will accept and recycle it.  We have been collecting what we had for a few weeks/months and we will make the trek to dispose of it responsibly.  So, next time my husband buys yogurt, I don't have to feel bad if it is #6.  We know where we can bring it.  Still, making our own yogurt would be the better solution! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Melissa Tomecz 7/27/2020 5:53 PM
    Basically, you just have to look around your house and use what you already have!  It helps when you can use alternatives to plastic that can be biodegradable (like bees wax wraps) or recyclable at least (like foil).  One of the most simple suggestions for storing leftovers or food is to just put the edibles in a bowl or plate and simply cover it with another plate on top!  Being able to purchase food by putting it in your own bags or containers, helps loads too.

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    Melissa Tomecz 7/27/2020 9:36 AM
    It is true when they say the bees wax wraps keep food fresher for longer.  I noticed it was doing a great job with my raspberries.  I had taken them out of the plastic container they usually come in and put them in a glass bowl.  I covered the bowl with the wrap and the next day, the raspberries were still dry and fresh, as if they were just picked!  Usually when kept in their original container, they get mushy and start to go bad quickly.

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    Melissa Tomecz 7/26/2020 5:10 PM
    Picked up more reusable masks that I purchased.  I am adding them to my collection :)  They are currently in the wash.  Will be using two per day when I am back at work, so I felt 10 were fitting.  This one is my favourite from the whole batch (but they are all quite nice):

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    Melissa Tomecz 7/24/2020 4:16 PM
    Even LUSH is promoting Plastic Free July!
    https://www.lush.ca/en/plastic-free-july-2020.html


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    Melissa Tomecz 7/23/2020 12:38 PM
    I am so into this Eco Challenge that I am even refusing plastic bags in my dreams! LOL