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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Shawnette Beard

The Hartford Environmental Action Team (HEAT)

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 238 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    spent learning

Shawnette's Actions


Say No to Plastic Straws

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate. By asking for no straw when placing a drink order, I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.



Track my Purchases

I will spend 15 minutes each day maintaining a record of all my purchases and learning about my spending habits.



Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 30 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.

One-Time Action


Drive Less

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips.



  • Reflection Question
    Water Say No to Plastic Straws
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Shawnette Beard 10/09/2019 6:05 PM
    I take back all plastic bags for recycling

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    Shawnette Beard 10/10/2018 6:30 AM
    I finally got my new ATM card yesterday and I have used it already.  I need to be more strict about my spending habits though.  I want to carry cash more often and only use the card for emergency type expenses.
  • Reflection Question
    Simplicity Track my Purchases
    What have you noticed about your purchases? Where are you inclined to make shifts, if any?

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    Shawnette Beard 10/08/2018 5:41 AM
    i've not had an atm card for several days.  I may now start using cash to limit my spending.  It's so easy to just hand my card to a vendor but if I visually see how much of my money is being spent maybe i'll start spending less.

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    Shawnette Beard 10/08/2018 5:39 AM
    I refused two straws this weekend and explained that straws are the enemy; )

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    Shawnette Beard 10/03/2018 12:35 PM
    It's not easy to change my ways but should be easier to stick with the plan after this challenge.

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    Shawnette Beard 9/28/2018 8:15 AM
    I know my time on Earth is limited so I understand I should take care of it.  Future generations should benefit from each small effort I make to recycle and keep the environment clean.