July 1 - July 31, 2019

Amy Abdai

Reid Park Zoo

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,404 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    31
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    28
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    145
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit - including recyclables and compost - to understand how much waste I create and where I can reduce the most.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY CHALLENGES

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Minimize Packaging

I will purchase food items with the least amount of packaging.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY CHALLENGES

Lifestyle

Naked Bins

I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY CHALLENGES

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY CHALLENGES

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditions with either a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Create Your Own Action

Skip the paper towels

Refuse the paper towels at the public restrooms. Shake em off. Less waste for the landfill.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY CHALLENGES

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  • Amy Abdai 7/31/2019 8:15 AM
    As I have been unpacking my classroom at school, I have been noticing the huge amount of single use plastics and other "stuff" I have. Yes, I have been in my job a long time, and educators are packrats when it comes to materials. I can donate old stuff to Treasures for Teachers, but stuff will end up in the garbage. What I need to work on is reducing the amount of materials I buy and using/reusing what I have. Better for both my bank account and the environment.

  • Amy Abdai 7/30/2019 2:27 PM
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    Going to give this a try with the laundry this week

  • Amy Abdai 7/30/2019 8:19 AM

  • Amy Abdai 7/29/2019 9:48 AM
    For next years Plastic Free July challenge (I hope there is one because I have learned so much), I would love to see a challenge aimed at encouraging buying second hand clothes. Give those clothes a longer life span.

    • Bonnie Boelman 7/31/2019 10:07 AM
      my kids and I buy most of our clothes at resale shops.  Saves us a lot of money and keeps it out of the land fills. 

  • Amy Abdai 7/28/2019 1:03 PM
    Bureo is a company that pulls discarded plastic fishing nets from the oceans and recycles them into different products. I have their Jenga game and my students were shocked when I told them discarded plastic fishing nets were used to make the game. This led to a great conversation about how the nets were recycled, what happens if the nets aren't pulled from the ocean, etc.

    http://bureo.co

    • Carrie Dean 7/29/2019 6:38 PM
      I have learned about so many more resources from you Amy!  Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy Abdai 7/27/2019 2:02 PM
    Saturday afternoon challenge: go to grocery store (where plastic is everywhere) to pick up food for a potluck for people participating in Plastic Free July without buying items in plastic packaging. Managed to keep the plastic to a minimum but it wasn't easy.

  • Amy Abdai 7/26/2019 11:25 AM

    • Carrie Dean 7/27/2019 7:18 AM
      Fantastic! Also, congrats to you, you're number one on the Reid Park Zoo Team among non-staff!  Way to go!

  • Amy Abdai 7/25/2019 3:33 PM
    An interesting read: "How the Plastic Industry is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World"

    https://interc.pt/2M1zbv2

  • Amy Abdai 7/25/2019 10:51 AM
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    Love seeing items made from recycled items

  • Amy Abdai 7/24/2019 12:45 PM
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    Spotted at Ulta yesterday. Love the idea however it is a "designer" brand and at more that $80 for a refill I won't be using it.