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Karolyn Walker

The Order of the Sea Turtles

"My family and I are committed to significantly reducing our use of single-use plastics"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,189 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    60
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    31
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    64
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Karolyn's Actions

Food

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Plastic Free Lunch Boxes

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and tupperware-like containers in my children's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 31
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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Karolyn Walker 7/27/2020 11:29 AM
    Only 4 days left in the month.  Let's make them count!

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    Karolyn Walker 7/24/2020 8:57 AM
    I am really proud of my son Dylan.  He is the person in my household that holds us accountable and encourages us to be plastic free.

    • Dylan Walker's avatar
      Dylan Walker 7/24/2020 7:25 PM
      Daww thanks mom and thank you for tolerating me (as much as you can)

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    Karolyn Walker 7/22/2020 3:42 PM
    I would like the thank Allie for her leadership.  Allie - you inspire me!

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    Karolyn Walker 7/19/2020 12:55 PM
    I have started to use my wool dryer balls.  Thanks, Caryl!

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    Karolyn Walker 7/12/2020 10:24 AM
    We are thinking about getting a bird feeder.  Does birdseed only come in plastic bags?  If so, are they part of the trex recycling program? 

    • Allie Hobgood's avatar
      Allie Hobgood 7/13/2020 1:06 PM
      Great question Karolyn! Off of the top of my head, I don't have a source for plastic bag free bird seed. Although maybe a local feed and seed would be a good place to start? But YES you can recycle those bags through our Trex recycling program (as long as they are mostly clear with pictures as opposed to completely opaque) and help us get those benches!

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    Karolyn Walker 7/11/2020 5:49 AM
    Thanks for the advice on dryer balls.  I will use the rest of my dryer sheets and then I will use a dryer ball.

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    Karolyn Walker 7/09/2020 5:26 PM
    Today I committed to eliminating dryer sheets.  I didn't realize they were made from a non woven polyester material.  Do I just stop using them or do I use up what's left in the box........

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      Allie Hobgood 7/10/2020 9:03 AM
      I would just finish off the box and then buy some wool balls! I have some really adorable ones that look like penguins lol. You can put essential oils on them if you miss the smell from the dryer sheets!

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      Cynthia Spanoulis 7/10/2020 7:18 AM
      I use dryer balls! Got them at a craft fair a few years back!   Love them

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      Ashley Beerbroer 7/10/2020 6:12 AM
      I would say still use them! That way they are being used for their intended purpose and not just wasted. They can also be used in other areas of your house other than the dryer, so you can find creative ways to still give them purpose. I hear they are great for cleaning baseboards and reducing the amount of dust they collect!

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    Karolyn Walker 7/08/2020 6:43 PM
    I was reading a blog on ways to reduce plastic and here is one thing I learned......you can't fail on this journey.  Making the attempt is making a huge difference by raising awareness.  Make sure you give yourself room to make a few errors, learn a few lessons, and just keep trying!  We are making a difference.

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      Allie Hobgood 7/09/2020 8:31 AM
      This is so important! One of my favorite quotes about plastic free: "We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly."

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    Karolyn Walker 7/06/2020 4:59 PM
    "Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don't want to do it"  

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    Karolyn Walker 7/06/2020 4:50 PM
    Let's go team!!  Keep up the good work.