July 1 - July 31, 2019

Sam Wardwell

Oregon for Earth

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 323 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    125
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    petitions
    signed

Challenges

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Naked Bins

I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY CHALLENGES

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 Challenge

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditions with either a bar or refillable option.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY CHALLENGES

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, or community garden

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Pets

Pet Waste

I will spend 30 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Estimate Your 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 Challenge

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  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Just Say No
    Do some research on polystyrene and polyvinyl. How many items in your house already contain these toxins?

    Sam Wardwell 7/29/2019 8:35 AM
    The meat I was buying came in polystyrene, and starting this month I've been buying meat that has the least amount of plastic wrap and NO polystyrene. Once I am more financially stable, I plan to begin buying ALL of my meat straight from the deli, or a butchery, and bringing my own containers for that. 

    As for polyvinyl, I've bought nothing containing it as far as I know. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    Sam Wardwell 7/29/2019 8:28 AM
    I couldn't find a documentary on Netflix about waste, but I did watch one about the Scottish wild cat and the efforts going towards preventing its extinction. 


  • 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?

    Sam Wardwell 7/15/2019 3:55 PM
    The added benefits are being able to keep wet materials out of my general trash which means I do not need to use plastic trash bags. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Sign a Petition
    What is a plastic-related issue in your state/province?

    Sam Wardwell 7/15/2019 3:54 PM
    We still have small businesses using plastic bags, and lots and lots of plastic that is grade 3 or lower with no accountability for those who manufacture them. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate Your 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?

    Sam Wardwell 7/10/2019 2:15 PM
    Wow!! Here I was thinking I was a plastic free champ D: time to work work work to reduce even more.
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  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Brusha Brusha Brusha
    What are the benefits of switching to bamboo toothbrushes? How would you implore others in your community to make this switch as well?

    Sam Wardwell 7/02/2019 1:33 PM
    Bamboo toothbrushes are more sustainable than plastic. While it leaves me concerned about our nice pandas since they rely on bamboo, efforts to protect pandas have increased exponentially so I believe it will be okay. I would like to see toothbrushes made out of more sustainable options, but this will do. 

    I will implore others in my community to make the switch by offering my closest friends a free one. I bought a pack of 20 for this purpose. 

  • Sam Wardwell 7/01/2019 2:52 PM
    I learned today that I can compost my cat's litter which is made with recycled corn kernels. Now I just need to go make or buy a composter! I am excited.