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Erin Benoit

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    1
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Erin's Actions

Community

Pick Up Plastic Litter

I will pick up 1 piece(s) of plastic litter each day and dispose of it responsibly.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Footprint

I will complete a plastic consumption calculator to learn about my plastic footprint.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Collect My Contacts

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Personal Care

Replace My Toothbrush

I will replace 1 of my household's plastic toothbrushes with recycled plastic, wood or bamboo toothbrushes.

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One-Time Action

On-the-go

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will avoid 1 plastic bags by not bagging my produce or using reusable produce bags.

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DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about plastic waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

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One-Time Action

At Home

Avoid Harmful Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polyvinyl, polystyrene and polycarbonate (#3,#6 and #7).

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DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Skip the Dryer Sheets

I will replace dryer sheets with a reusable alternative or use nothing at all.

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One-Time Action

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    Erin Benoit 3/03/2021 7:52 PM
    I learned that just because it's "recyclable" doesn't mean it's going to always end up where you think it might. It also just made me realize how many things are plastic. It's really hard to avoid when lots of food comes packaged that way. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate Your Plastic Footprint
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

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    Erin Benoit 2/15/2021 8:56 PM
    With "0" on the furniture/other category I did well. But entering in something on the last item " other, toys, furniture" can drastically change the outcome . I was not sure what to list here, but it is evident that I am likely forgetting about plenty of other plastic items I use. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Collect My Contacts
    Take a moment to estimate how many disposable daily contacts you may have used over the years. What would be your impact now of switching to a contact brand with a longer lifespan?

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    Erin Benoit 1/31/2021 7:36 PM
    Maybe 390X2 . Mostly have had ones you change every 2 weeks. In December I switched to monthly contacts. Hopefully this will have a positive impact and my eyes will be okay with these contacts! I wear glasses some as well. 
  • Reflection Question
    On-the-go Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

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    Erin Benoit 1/31/2021 7:33 PM
    Yes, pre-covid times anyway I noticed some coffee shops offer straw less cups to drink cold beverages from . Also I see more and more re-usable straw you can buy. I don't know the last time I used a straw.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these products have so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

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    Erin Benoit 1/31/2021 7:31 PM
    I am not sure who the plastic packaging is serving the most, but probably the producer and/or the grocery store.

    • Kyle Samejima's avatar
      Kyle Samejima 2/01/2021 9:09 AM
      It's also serving a global food system, in that we want foods from far away that require more or plastic packaging. So moving more toward a local food economy seems key.

  • Reflection Question
    At Home Skip the Dryer Sheets
    How difficult (or easy!) has it been for you to cut dryer sheets from your laundry routine?

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    Erin Benoit 1/31/2021 7:22 PM
    It will be easy. I don't actually feel like they do much anyway. Unfortunately, I bought a new box a couple months ago so I guess I will use those up first unless I find someone else wants them. 
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Erin Benoit 1/31/2021 7:20 PM
    PBS special on Plastics. I learned more about how bad plastic is for our planet. I kind of knew that not all the things we "recycle" can really be recycled, but didn't really know how bad the situation was.