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Lauren Blaydon

GC21 Recyclops

"I will limit my environmental impact by being conscious of my water usage, using reusable objects whenever possible, and recycling properly. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 870 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    138
    pounds of CO2
    have been saved
  • up to
    11
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    3
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1,000
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    49
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    60
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    46
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    41
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    338
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Lauren's Actions

Water

Use Reusable Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Join my Student Government or Local Group

I will join my neighborhood association, student government, or another local group of decision makers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Engage In Active Listening

I will practice actively listening to a friend, family member, co-worker, acquaintance, or someone who I may disagree with in at least 5 conversations.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

LEARN ABOUT TRANS, FEMME, AND NONBINARY EXPERIENCES

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the experiences of trans, femme, and/or nonbinary people.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Host A Watch Party

I will host a watch party to screen a documentary about an issue that matters to me.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 3 meatless meal(s) and/or 1 vegan meal(s) each day this week.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Water

Brush My Teeth Without Running Water

I will save up to 8 gallons (30 L) of water each day by turning it off while brushing my teeth.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Simplicity

De-Clutter My Home or Dorm Room

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home or dorm room.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Heat and Cool Naturally

I will naturally heat and cool my house, office, or dorm room by opening or closing my windows, curtains, and blinds, and by using fans.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Turn it off

I will keep lights, electronics, and appliances turned off when not using them.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Energy

Switch to Cold Water

I will switch to washing my clothes in cold water, saving up to 133 lbs of CO2 a month and 1,600 lbs of CO2 over the course of the next year.

Completed
One-Time Action

Energy

Adjust the Thermostat

I will adjust my thermostat down 2 degrees from usual when I use the heat, and up 2 degrees when I use air conditioning.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Reduce refined sugar

I will keep track and reduce my consumption of refined sugars, including sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty

I will watch 2 documentary(ies) about food sovereignty: the right of local peoples to control their own food systems including markets, ecological resources, food cultures and production methods.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Weekly Meal Planning

I will reduce food waste and save money by planning a weekly menu, only buying the ingredients I need.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Plant an Herb Garden

I will plant an herb garden in my home, workplace, or dorm room.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Waste

Find Local Recycling Depots

I will find out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in recycling dumpsters or my curbside bin.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Personal Waste Audit

I will collect all of my unrecyclable, non-compostable trash to raise my awareness of how much I send to the landfill.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Cheap, single-use items and disposable packaging end up blowing around as litter more often in poor and POC-majority neighborhoods. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

    Lauren Blaydon's avatar
    Lauren Blaydon 3/04/2021 5:25 PM
    Ibby's gave me a plastic container instead of a eco-to-go box today so I washed it out and am keeping for when I meal prep.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors, including market demand for recyclables. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

    Lauren Blaydon's avatar
    Lauren Blaydon 3/04/2021 5:21 PM
    There is a local recycling center that is available if you are able to drive there. Whats easier to access for students is WashU's waste management and recycling programs. WashU has separate recycling bins for things like batteries and lightbulbs as well as printer ink cartridge pickup.  

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    Lauren Blaydon 3/04/2021 5:08 PM
    I plan on only getting my food through eco-to-box's and if they don't give me them I will keep the plastic containers to store my pre-made meals.