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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Melanie Joy Clarke

Starbucks Partners for Sustainability

"Start with what I can do, then see what I can help others do. Leave behind positivy!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 498 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    36
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    18
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    20
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    20
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Melanie Joy's Actions

Food

Reduce Animal Products

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

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill each day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Skip the Straw

Plastic bags and small plastic pieces like straws are most likely to get swept into our waterways. I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill and ocean each day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use Reusable Bags
    What do you do if you find yourself in the situation of needing a bag for items but don't have a reuseable one with you? Carry things out in your hands? In a cart? Accept a disposable one? If you find yourself in this position often, what system could you put in place to try to establish this a successful habit?

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    Melanie Joy Clarke 10/24/2018 12:44 PM
    Know the best thing about bringing my own bags along to the grocery store?   I can actually bring ALL the groceries in from the car in ONE trip without cutting off the the circulation in my arms!  
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles serve an important role in places for health and safety, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. Can you identify the barriers in making this a new habit? How can you set yourself up for success in making this a permanent change?

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    Melanie Joy Clarke 10/16/2018 2:25 PM
    I’m so proud of Starbucks for our new reusable cold cup option at an extremely affordable price.  The iconic design is so familiar that it makes it an easy choice for water and every other cold beverage.  It would be amazing to have a nitro lid style design choice to go strawless too.  Bet Im not the only one giving a bunch of these to friends and family!
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Mug
    Maybe you've heard how good it is to switch from a single use coffee cup to a reuseable one but it's just hard to make the switch. Think about what stands in your way of making this a habit. By identifying the challenges, you can begin to work through them to have better success in taking this action. Knowing the difference you are making, how does it make you feel?

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    Melanie Joy Clarke 10/16/2018 2:21 PM
    I’ve purchased another mug and gained another gifted one since the beginning of this challenge.  I  have an EXCELLENT reason to continue my mug collection.  Now if I could figure out a way to spin new shoes into a positive environmental impact...
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Skip the Straw
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle?

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    Melanie Joy Clarke 10/16/2018 2:18 PM
    Now I’m seriously considering one of those folding straws that comes in a holder and with cleaners to make this easier.  I love straws because they help save my teeth from some stains but also love what an impact we can all make by removing these little trash traps from the mix of life.  

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    Melanie Joy Clarke 10/11/2018 5:50 AM
    How do I remove a challenge so I can change it to a new one?  When trying to add a new one, the system indicates I've reached my limit and must remove one.  Dashboard lists them, but I can't find the function to remove.  Anyone have suggestions?  Thanks in advance!  

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      Stacy Strickland 10/12/2018 8:55 AM
      I don't know... how frustrating. Jamie Lomax may know if you want to reach out to her directly :)

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      Jennie Howland 10/11/2018 7:34 AM
      I’ve been wondering this as well! I don’t want to lose points for things I’ve done but also want to try to do more challenges!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than in other places, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

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    Melanie Joy Clarke 10/10/2018 5:21 PM
    There seems to be some underlying idea of threatening humanity, sometimes masculinity, or misunderstanding of various sources of nutrition that are major barriers of looking at meatless alternatives.  These barriers removed could maybe support some trails to explore how meatless options can actually taste amazing!  Unfortunately, the cost of those tasty options is often even higher per lb than most fine steaks in the butcher aisle.  I'm aiming for a meatless meal every day and will promote the same with my friends and family for a small step.  Turns out, many meatless options are also low fat and many low carb so it is a health win/win.  

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    Melanie Joy Clarke 10/10/2018 7:46 AM
    Reusable bags all the time is much harder than I thought as it seems people want to give me bags and packaging at every turn.  An easy change to support though and spurring plenty of conversations. 

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      Stacy Strickland 10/12/2018 8:58 AM
      I sometimes have to giggle at how hard some people try to push their bag or other packaging when buying something. It gets easier over time to automatically say "no bag please" ... and when needed, I will tell others why I don't want their bag or packaging. Keep up the good work, Melanie Joy!

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    Melanie Joy Clarke 9/04/2018 1:17 PM
    What a wonderful idea!  I'm looking forward to making marked progress through the challenges along with fellow partners.