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Megan Mahn Miller

"To find new ways to be sustainable and assist in healing the planet."

Points Total

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  • 1,180 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    231
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    2
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    115
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    231
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    78
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    72
    pounds
    waste recycled

Megan's Actions

Belongings

Have a Zero-Waste Day

I will refuse all items associated with packaging for the entire day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Recycle Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Metal and Glass

My household will recycle all paper, metal, plastic and glass that is accepted in my curbside or building program.

COMPLETED 38
DAILY ACTIONS

On-the-go

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 3 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 39
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Low Waste Shaving

I will switch from shaving foam in a can to a bar alternative.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Choose Plastic-Free Deodorant

I will use deodorant either from a plastic-free bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden at my home or community garden.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Reduce Makeup Use

I will simplify my cosmetic routine or reduce my use of cosmetics.

Completed
One-Time Action

On-the-go

Assemble a Zero Waste Kit

I will assemble an eating-out bag with cloth napkins and reusable utensils, containers, and cups and use it to avoid disposable to-go containers and cutlery for 3 meals each day.

COMPLETED 38
DAILY ACTIONS

On-the-go

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 39
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Make Green Cleaners

I will make  2 of my own cleaning products (cleaners, detergents, soaps) instead of buying them.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Megan Mahn Miller 6/19/2020 11:55 AM
    Made veggie broth last night with all my kitchen scraps.  Turned a deep purple color with the purple cabbage and purple onions that were in there.

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    Megan Mahn Miller 6/17/2020 10:12 AM
    I am on the board of an organization called Community Exchange For Change.  If this were a non-pandemic year we would have hosted out clothing swap earlier this month.  But since it is a pandemic year we are pivoting to a sidewalk swap this Saturday, June 20!.  Find out more about our organization and this weekends event on our Facebook or Intagram page: https://www.facebook.com/CommunityExchange4Change/

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      Megan Mahn Miller 6/18/2020 10:45 AM
      Dorothy, (Sorry I still haven't learned how to reply to comments) Unfortunately our event is from 10am to 4pm.  We are also holding the event the following Saturday if you aren't working that day.  Thank you for your interest!

    • Dorthy Vitullo's avatar
      Dorthy Vitullo 6/18/2020 4:46 AM
      Sounds great, I work 9-5, how late will it run?
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Reduce Makeup Use
    How have you handled wearing less makeup? Have there been any unexpected benefits?

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    Megan Mahn Miller 6/10/2020 2:56 PM
    If it makes sense, I feel like my skin can breathe better.  I haven't noticed anything yet relating to oiliness or dryness but my skin feels happy!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Choose Plastic-Free Deodorant
    What benefits have you noticed after switching deodorant? Softer skin? Better scent? More peace of mind?

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    Megan Mahn Miller 6/08/2020 10:12 AM
    Now that you ask, I think softer skin.  The main ingredient in my homemade deodorant is coconut oil.  Peace of mind on a couple of levels - less waste and now I know exactly what is going on my skin.
  • Reflection Question
    On-the-go Assemble a Zero Waste Kit
    What items do you keep in your kit? What steps have you taken to help make this a habit and remember to bring your kit with you?

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    Megan Mahn Miller 6/02/2020 9:44 AM
    Mine contains a few different types of straws, fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks, napkin, and coffee cup sleeve.  It sounds like a lot but it is really small and contained.  I try to think about my day and where I may be going, what I will be doing and if I need it I pop it in my purse.  If I worked in an office I would keep it in my desk drawer.  Having a spare for friends is always nice too!

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      Kim Jucha 6/04/2020 2:39 PM
      Mine contains most of those items but I need to add chopsticks. When the office was open, I would keep come lightweight ceramic dishes and wash them out each day. 

      As much as I love to go to lunch etc., brining food from home is the best way to reduce waste (IMO)

    • Dorthy Vitullo's avatar
      Dorthy Vitullo 6/02/2020 11:24 AM
      Way to go megan!!  I have a bamboo set I purchased from the George Well Being Center...no napkin or coffee sleeve...love saying NO to plastic!
  • Reflection Question
    On-the-go Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using resusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable cutlery, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

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    Megan Mahn Miller 6/02/2020 9:41 AM
    Modeling the behavior in public garners interest and may inspire people to use reusable themselves.  It is so easy t pop your own supplies in a glove compartment/back pack/purse/locker/desk drawer.  By not accepting unsustainable cutlery at restaurants you are showing them you feel it is important.
  • 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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    Megan Mahn Miller 6/01/2020 10:51 AM
    I have not honestly.  I try to give reusable straws away when I can as little gifts but I think it is my value and might not be as well received by others.  I have noticed a few people skipping straws altogether though.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Megan Mahn Miller 5/29/2020 12:03 PM
    Knowing where my food comes from and what was used to fertilize and weed.
  • Reflection Question
    Belongings Have a Zero-Waste Day
    Were there any moments that surprised you when you refused packaging items? What were the hardest items to avoid?

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    Megan Mahn Miller 5/29/2020 12:03 PM
    Those little plastic bags at the grocery store are so easy to grab, but I have made my own muslin produce bags and that has helped reduce my plastic use.

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      Kim Jucha 6/04/2020 2:40 PM
      That's a great idea. I shop at a local 'tare' store so I bring jars etc (when I can) for my bulk items. 

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      Megan Mahn Miller 6/01/2020 10:48 AM
      Emily - I have not been asked not to...but maybe I am breaking the rules? (Sorry I couldn't figure out how to reply directly to you)

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      Emily Barker 6/01/2020 12:24 AM
      Have you been able to use those during COVID=19? I am still using my grocery bags, but have stopped using produce bags right now. 
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Make Green Cleaners
    Which household cleaners did you try making? Have you been able to simplify your cleaning routine?

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    Megan Mahn Miller 5/29/2020 12:02 PM
    We made a rosemary/vinegar cleaner for surfaces.  Because of the felines in our life, we are mostly using vinegar based cleansers and they are working great!

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      Megan Mahn Miller 6/04/2020 5:36 PM
      Kim, Give Roswell a pet from me and let her/him know they are a good kitty! (Still can't figure out how to reply to replies, if anyone can educate me...)

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      Kim Jucha 6/04/2020 2:41 PM
      Roswell (the cat in my pic) high fives you...