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Jessica Wilhite

Sea Turtle Inc.

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 1,370 Total

Participant Impact

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    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    47
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    515
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    64
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    108
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    221
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    23
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    18
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Jessica's Actions

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 10 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

Community

Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the 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

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 2 hour(s) in my community helping people who are most at need right now to reduce their need for plastic.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 20 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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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

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 make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 13
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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Give Up Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 27
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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Provide the Alternatives

I will provide daily plastic free alternatives (straws, water bottles, cuttlery, bar soap, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.) for my family to use.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 8 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Jessica Wilhite 7/31/2021 8:38 PM
    Amazing job everyone!  This was an incredible month and learned so much!

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    Jessica Wilhite 7/31/2021 11:25 AM
    This challenge has taught me so much about my plastic use. I have learned new ways to reduce my footprint, have educated myself more and started a new journey that I am excited to continue and grow in!  
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Jessica Wilhite 7/28/2021 6:24 PM
    I have been reading up on more brands that are sustainable to educate myself. My family also does not by clothes often and we have items that are solid pieces we can wear often. For my kids we purchase clothing that can be handed down and also can reconstruct some clothing to fit my daughters's taste or we make them into baby clothes for her toys. 
  • 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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    Jessica Wilhite 7/27/2021 7:34 PM
    For some reason this is the hardest for me. I think it is because I have fully educated myself in this area and not confident in it but going to purchase one (just need to do more research) and start to try it next cycle. It would save myself a lot of money and also lessen the trash my household produces. 

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      Mary Duncan 7/31/2021 5:52 PM
      I have only seen the reusable liners online, Maria, is the market that you're speaking of in Brownsville?

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      Jessica Wilhite 7/28/2021 11:22 AM
      I haven't heard of the reusable liners. I will have to look for some to try maybe. Yes I agree it takes time to get use to but I feel that so much waste is created from these items.  I might just do it next month, take a leap and try them.  

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      Maria Watson 7/28/2021 10:41 AM
      This is the hardest for me too! I feel like its pretty much the most waste i create every single month... I am really considering getting reusable/washable pad linings. They actually sell some here at our local farmer's market.... may have to just do it! I've also seen underwear that have more protection inside... so you dont potentially have to wear one, not sure how comfortable that would be though! Definitely takes time to get use to with any other products than we are use to using! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Give Up Gum
    Why do you chew gum? What habits could replace and meet your reasons for chewing gum?

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    Jessica Wilhite 7/27/2021 7:32 PM
    I have quit chewing gum all together this year. I use to chew it regularly. I have replaced that with mints and only sparingly use them. I don't have a want to chew gum anymore. It was just going to sit in a trash pile and also was not healthy for my teeth.  
  • 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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    Jessica Wilhite 7/26/2021 7:36 PM
    Less plastic waste in our environment. Been talking about bamboo toothbrushes to my family as well to help encourage them to switch. Just wish bamboo toothbrushes were more accessible in main stream stores. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets All Natural Pet Toys
    In what ways is supplying your pet with all natural pet toys better for your pet, better for you, and better for the environment?

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    Jessica Wilhite 7/26/2021 7:34 PM
    Less trash to dispose of, better quality for my dog and can also use old items such as socks and tennis balls to create homemade toys by reusing items. 

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      Maria Watson 7/27/2021 8:37 AM
      Yes I do the same thing! My dog loves it but also thinks she can now take any sock... lol 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pretty oh so Pretty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

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    Jessica Wilhite 7/23/2021 3:15 PM
    This one is so hard for me!  My mom is so good and actual taught me at a young age the effects of waste on our earth. I have a hard time with other family members and their contant use of one time items. I have two family members that will drink out reusable cups at home! It drives my mother and me insane and we have tried many times to talk about it to them but no care to listen. I feel that some people get stuck in their ways and they only see an ease in using it but never look at the whole picture.  Just looking at community and the constant trash around and the items that are used for a second them thrown away is sad!  I try to lead by example and also choose to pick up trash everywhere we go, even my kids join in and they know if they see trash they are to pick it up and dispose of it correctly. Also their little hearts have no fear on letting others know! 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

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    Jessica Wilhite 7/23/2021 3:08 PM
    Would love to see more stores carring the tab toothpaste. I have asked a few if they would carry the kid version ones, some local stores carry the minty ones. (My kids don't do mint.)  Hopefully they will soon!  Trying to keep my spending at local stores that do their part to stop the plastic consumption and not spend at Amazon. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

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    Jessica Wilhite 7/22/2021 2:14 PM
    It is easy for consumers to use the plastic because it is there. If companies took it away it would force the consumer to bring their own (which we all should) or find other ways to transport their produce. It is just convince and no body really stops to think how much waste they are producing with them.