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Wendy Whelan Stewart

Sea Turtle Inc.

"I want to take my commitment to cleaner living to the next level!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 942 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    14
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    140
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    7
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Wendy's Actions

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 5 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 1 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 5
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 5
DAILY 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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY 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 11
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Wendy Whelan Stewart 7/26/2021 10:46 AM
    I have seen the usefulness of candy or chocolate tins in replacing sandwich bags. I've recently repurposed a cloth bag to buy loaves of bread. I also have used old jewelry boxes to store my child's craft materials--even a tiny bracelet box to store brads!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Wendy Whelan Stewart 7/26/2021 10:40 AM
    Not only do I feel as though I'm helping my neighbors, but I feel that my definition of neighbor has extended to the fish in our coulees and the ducks in our neighborhood. I'm pleased to think that I'm helping to keep trash out of their habitat. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Prevent Recycling Contamination
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Wendy Whelan Stewart 7/26/2021 10:38 AM
    My kids and I enjoy peanut butter, and I've learned how to scrape a jar,  soak it, shake it for 20 seconds, drain it, and leave it to dry. Apparently, a little oily residue is okay. I can also let the dog lick the containers clean!

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    Wendy Whelan Stewart 7/12/2021 2:59 PM
    In response to Maria’s motivating second week post, I’m going to admit that two things are especially challenging. First, I eat Greek yogurt, and I can’t see myself making my own yogurt. I’ve given up on the small, individual cups and have been buying the larger containers, which I reuse as plant pots. I’d love to quit the plastic all together at some point. Second, I buy some fruits frozen and these come with plastic bags. I buy the largest size available, but again, I don’t like it. 

    • Maria Watson's avatar
      Maria Watson 7/13/2021 8:54 AM
      I can 100% see why that is hard... it is hard to stop eating things in general just because they come in plastic & sometimes making your own is way more time consuming so I completely understand. I think it is great that you can reuse those containers!
      I also use to buy Costco sized everything... becuause cheaper in the long run right? But then I was like holy moly... so much plastic... but in my head I rationalized it too because I was like well if I buy a bigger bag, that is only one plastic bag versus 5... I try to only buy fresh fruits now (going to our farmers market for the first time this weekend to see what they have too). It is hard and it is a process!

    • I love Greek yogurt too and reuse the big tubs for immersion blending (mainly fruit popsicles)! Plant pots are such a great idea!

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    Wendy Whelan Stewart 7/10/2021 12:57 PM
    I have been bringing my 32oz refillable cup with me and gas stations and fast food restaurants have allowed me to use it instead of plastic cups. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

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    Wendy Whelan Stewart 7/09/2021 8:52 AM
    I’m on vacation and choosing not to buy souvenirs and other items has freed me from shopping as a hobby. Instead, I’ve been keeping an eye on what is essential during travel: durable, refillable, and reusable items. I’m on the lookout for shampoo bars at the moment. They aren’t too common in my town. 
  • 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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    Wendy Whelan Stewart 7/03/2021 6:42 AM
    In avoiding plastic packaging, I’ve become dismayed at seeing how many tortilla chips are packaged in plastic. I suppose I’ll have to give up chips. 

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      Tesa Golden 7/09/2021 10:06 AM
      I've been thinking about this post for a few days.  The only thing I've thought of is going out to eat at a Mexican restaurant!  No chip bags there!  Haha.

    • Maria Watson's avatar
      Maria Watson 7/03/2021 7:34 AM
      I know… isnt that hard? I really like chips too but I also know they aren’t the best for you either… doesn’t mean I don’t want them lol especially some pickle pringles. Man! Lol 
      But I’ve tried to cut out as much processed food as possible lately - but it would be interesting to learn how to make your own! 

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    Wendy Whelan Stewart 6/29/2021 11:20 AM
    I'm not in Texas, but I am a resident of the Gulf Coast. I may not be near sea turtles, but I recognize that my habits affect them and other members of their community. 

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      Maria Watson 6/30/2021 8:56 AM
      Welcome!! Exactly, it doesn't matter where you are, anyone can help marine life by reducing plastic usage and cleaning up!