Skip to main content
Emily Newberg's avatar

Emily Newberg

Reduce the Use!

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 110 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    packaging waste avoided

Emily's Actions

Personal Care

Buy Reusable Bathroom Products

I will replace my [item] with a reusable [item] in the bathroom (disposable cups, makeup wipes and soap dispensers, etc.).

One-Time Action


Discover Together

I will spend 10 minutes educating my family on reasons to avoid plastic and how we will do it.

One-Time Action


Provide Alternatives

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



Ditch the Plastic Wrap

I will ditch plastic wrap and use reusable containers, lids or wraps instead.

One-Time Action


Ditch the Baggie

I will ditch the zippered plastic bags for food storage and switch to reusable containers.

One-Time Action

At Home

Plan a Garden

I will plan an herb or vegetable garden for next year at my home, workplace, or community garden.

One-Time Action


Pick Up Plastic Litter

I will pick up 6 piece(s) of plastic litter each day and dispose of it responsibly.



  • Reflection Question
    Food Ditch the Plastic Wrap
    Which method did you try? Do you prefer reusable containers or reusable wraps?

    Emily Newberg's avatar
    Emily Newberg 1/28/2021 11:08 AM
    The only thing I use plastic wrap for is storing half a can of wet cat food in the fridge for one night. I haven't found reusable lids yet for these little cans, so in the meantime I've switched to using a bit of tin foil.
  • Reflection Question
    Kids Provide Alternatives
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) does your household use regularly, and what substitutes are you trying?

    Emily Newberg's avatar
    Emily Newberg 1/27/2021 9:20 AM
    We were reusing plastic straws my mother bought three years ago. They were in terrible shape but I didn't want to make waste. I finally bought metal straws and my kids love the upgrade. Done with plastic straws forever.

  • Emily Newberg's avatar
    Emily Newberg 1/27/2021 8:54 AM
    It's been tough to keep up the litter challenge since it's been cold and snowy, but I know the litter is still out there, especially around a corner store not far from me. I'm going to expand my neighborhood strolls to find more of it.

    • Jessie Roelofs's avatar
      Jessie Roelofs 1/27/2021 6:18 PM
      I had the exact same thought! A friend recommended trying some more busy roads/throughways which is on my agenda this week :)
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Plan a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

    Emily Newberg's avatar
    Emily Newberg 1/27/2021 8:51 AM
    I feel proud when I can successfully grow food for my family, and I love watching the little plants grow up big and strong. It gets me out each morning to water and each evening to weed. The best is watching the wonder and joy in my young kids as they learn about how food grows, and how accessible it can be. I love watching them sneak to the garden to snack on fresh, healthy veggies and fruits while they play in the yard.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Ditch the Baggie
    When is it hardest not to use a plastic bag? What can motivate you to stick to your goal in those cases?

    Emily Newberg's avatar
    Emily Newberg 1/27/2021 8:30 AM
    It's hardest when I have oddly shaped items like strips of cooked bacon that I like to have on hand to add extra flavor to meals. But I've learned to store them differently by curving them into round containers and I don't know why I didn't think of it before.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Pick Up Plastic Litter
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Emily Newberg's avatar
    Emily Newberg 1/27/2021 8:24 AM
    It literally brings me out into the streets! We are more visible to others when we are out taking care of the grounds around us, and we have more opportunities to meet and get to know our neighbors.