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Savannah Porter

Mercyhurst Lakers

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    4
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    20
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Savannah's Actions

Water

5-Minute Showers

I will save up to 20 gallons (75 L) of water each day by taking 5-minute showers.

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Water

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 3 plastic straw(s) of out of the ocean each day.

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Waste

Recycle Everything I Can

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will research and recycle all materials that are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community, making sure to not contaminate recyclables with non-recyclables.

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Waste

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.

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Waste

Use a Reusable Water Bottle

I will keep 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) from entering the waste stream by using a reusable water bottle.

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  • Reflection Question
    Water 5-Minute Showers
    Five minute showers are an impressive step toward reducing your water footprint. What is the next step you can take?

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    Savannah Porter 4/06/2020 4:31 PM
    One of the next steps that I can take is watching what products I use in the shower to make sure that no micro plastics or chemicals are going down the drain and into our water supply. 

  • 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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    Savannah Porter 4/06/2020 4:30 PM
    Usually we use a lot of single-use coffee cups which could be easily substituted for a reusable cup.

  • 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 reusable 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 create a successful habit of not using plastic bags?

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    Savannah Porter 4/06/2020 4:28 PM
    If I find myself in a position of not having a reusable bag with me when I am getting groceries I always try and carry as much as I can without a bag and or use the cart to put the items in. One way that as a family we try and use reusable bags and not forget is we leave a lot in the cars so that way we always have them and don't have to worry about forgetting them once we leave the house.
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Recycle Everything I Can
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Savannah Porter 4/06/2020 4:24 PM
    In my area we have specific recycle bins for our trash which make it much easier to remember to recylce anything you can and also a good encouragement. We also have a lot of recycle places for your clothes around which make it super easy to drop off you clothes and go. In my household we actually have a garbage can that is seperated into recycle and non-recycle which makes it very easy but the hardest part of recycling is the bigger items because sometimes we really don't think that they are recyclable since we don't use them as often. 
  • Reflection Question
    Waste Use a Reusable Water Bottle
    While water bottles are needed for health and safety in certain places, we can do more to reduce the unnecessary use of them. What are the barriers to you using reusable bottles and tap water instead of bottled water? How could you make this a permanent habit?

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    Savannah Porter 4/06/2020 4:20 PM
    One thing that we can do to reduce the unnecessary use of plastic water bottles is make a choice instead of buying a plastic water bottle, fill a water bottle up at your house and bring it to the event. One barrier is that you need to wash your water bottle after you are done using it instead of just throwing it away. This might be an extra step but it reduces the plastic on Earth. You could easily make this a permanent habit by just trying each day to fill up a water bottle instead of buying a plastic one.