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Holly White

UNMC/Nebraska Medicine LiveGreen

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    85
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    100
    pieces of litter
    picked up

Holly's Actions

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.

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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.

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Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

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One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 20 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Donate Zero Waste Period Products

I will donate 1 zero waste period kits to young people with periods so that they can reduce their waste and the financial burden of menstruation while continuing their education.

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One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

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DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors. Why not try using hair conditioner instead of shaving foam for that baby smooth feel?

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

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

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One-Time Action

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

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One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Holly White 7/30/2020 9:04 AM
    What concerns me most is all the simple things people could be doing to help the environment, but they choose not to. The other day while out on a grocery shopping excursion, I noticed a half-full plastic to-go cup complete with plastic lid and plastic straw that was left right in the center of an empty parking space. I took that personally. In my mind that was definitely intentional. It was an affront to all who are striving to make this planet a better place for THAT individual no less.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Donate Zero Waste Period Products
    How can having access to zero waste period products help people who menstruate overcome barriers to education or other opportunities?

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    Holly White 7/30/2020 8:49 AM
    The answer is obvious. Blood is life, but it's also a biohazard. If you have no way to dam the flow, then you're stuck where you are until the flow has ceased. For some that could mean being sequestered in a menstrual hut, for others it could mean missing school or a paycheck, and for some it could mean all of the above. In some parts of the world, it's the stigma that surrounds menstruation that shackles women, in other parts (including ours), it's socioeconomic disparities. Some women in this country simply can't afford to pay for food and feminine hygiene products in the same month. Providing women in need of feminine hygiene products will enable them to find a foothold in society and hopefully become successful, productive members of it. At the very least, they won't have to decide between food or tampons for one week each month.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Fresh as a Daisy
    Do some research on the toxic side affects of aluminum deodorant. After reading the side effects, can you think of instances where you may have experienced the side effects from this form of deodorant?

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    Holly White 7/29/2020 10:17 AM
    There really isn't any solid evidence that links aluminum to adverse effects in humans unless a human is exposed to very high levels of aluminum. On that note, there isn't any solid evidence that continued use of products containing aluminum over time DOESN'T lead to adverse effects in humans. In my opinion, why take any unnecessary chances, especially since most deodorants are packaged in, you guessed it, PLASTIC. Plastic IS harmful to our health regardless of what aluminum does or doesn't do for it. Personally, I don't use deodorant. I know that sounds gross, but you'll have to get over it. What is a deodorant supposed to do? It's supposed to kill all those bacteria stinking up your pits. What are the gallons of hand sanitizer you see everywhere now supposed to do? Kill bacteria. For years now, as a veterinary technician and as a UNMC employee, I've been surrounded by hand sanitizers which, frankly, double brilliantly as a deodorant. They also provide a welcome cooling sensation when, let's face it, you stink because you're sweating.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care That Was a Close Shave
    What have you noticed about the economic and social impact of switching to steel razors? Was there ever really a need for disposable razors, or do you think it was just a way to sell more things?

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    Holly White 7/24/2020 11:28 AM
    There was no economic impact when I made the switch. I simply commandeered one of my husband's steel razors (he had two). There has never been a need for disposable razors. Frankly, I applaud women who protest shaving altogether. I admit, I tend to skip the chore of shaving more often than I allow myself to succumb to the social pressures that dictate hairless norms for females. I also admit, I think a freshly shaved leg can be aesthetically pleasing depending on the outfit. I do love fashion!
  • 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?

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    Holly White 7/24/2020 11:19 AM
    The benefits are obvious. No plastic. I was actually gifted my bamboo toothbrush when my husband and I transitioned from traditional tube toothpaste to Bite Toothpaste (no plastic ever!). Check it out at:
    https://bitetoothpastebits.com/
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Dam the Flow
    Disposable tampons and menstrual pads are often quite expensive. What are the economic and personal benefits of this switch for you?

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    Holly White 7/24/2020 11:14 AM
    It's less about the economic benefits and more about the personal ones for me. I visited the Charlie Banana site to make my first purchase. It's a product that I find to be far more comfortable and breathable than the disposable one which, over the years, has grown more and more physically irritating to that oh-so sensitive area. I also appreciate the fact that the reusable product takes up far less space in my linen closet. It is also relatively easy to clean and conceal to the point that even the most squeamish have no idea they exist!