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Catherine Roberts

Polymeric Purge Party

Points Total

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  • 896 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    125
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    64
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    hours
    volunteered

Catherine's Actions

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 2 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 5 hour(s) in my community.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 15
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

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

I will avoid sending 5 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own airplane snacks and eat at local restaurants to avoid take-out containers.

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Naked Bins
    Does changing the lining of your waste bin change the kind or amount of trash you produce?

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    Catherine Roberts 7/15/2019 3:56 PM
    not  much change as I already compost so not a lot of messy trash
  • 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?

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    Catherine Roberts 7/14/2019 2:44 PM
    I was pleases that I used less than the average American.   I didn't do as well as Europeans though.  Still spme work to do in the purchasing dept.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

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    Catherine Roberts 7/14/2019 2:27 PM
    We used a vinegar solution to get tables just as clean pulling beer at harbor park.  It was way cheaper and avoided single use wipes.


  • 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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    Catherine Roberts 7/05/2019 3:21 PM
    I think originally packaging appealed to people as a way to keep the products germ free and in some cases to make portioning easier.  There are other ways to accomplish this without all of the extra plastic however.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Volunteer in my Community
    How does volunteering enhance your community and/or change your relationship with it?

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    Catherine Roberts 7/04/2019 3:51 PM
    I spent the day volunteering at the Norfolk Animal Shelter: cleaned, walked dogs and helped the staff to be able to leave at 4:00 instead of 5:00 to start their 4th early.  It is also very rewarding on days when I get to help with adoption counseling.

  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Natural Fibers
    What are the benefits (to people, animals, and the environment) of purchasing clothes made with natural fibers?

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    Catherine Roberts 7/03/2019 8:25 PM
    Natural fiber use reduces some of the processing necessary for synthetics.  They also break down more quickly than synthetics when finally discarded as rags.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Swap the Snacks
    How does swapping out prepackaged snacks for fresh fruit or veggies benefit your family?

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    Catherine Roberts 7/03/2019 8:22 PM
    Much healthier snacks


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    Catherine Roberts 7/02/2019 5:18 PM
    Today I used newspaper funnies to wrap a baby shower gift instead of giftwrap.  Hope the recipient sees the charm.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

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    Catherine Roberts 7/02/2019 5:16 PM
    Remembering to take containers into the establishment is the hardest part
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup
    Great job on getting rid of your disposable cup habit! How does it make you feel? What's next on your list to reduce your waste?

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    Catherine Roberts 7/02/2019 10:59 AM
    Feels good not to contribute to the problem...on to reusable utensils and dishes