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maggie bach

WashU Plastic Free

"To learn something new every day, and educate my peers."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,285 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    36
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    55
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    122
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    70
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    84
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    57
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    57
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    40
    minutes
    spent learning

maggie's Actions

Community

Lunch & Learn: Zero Waste Living (WUSM 7/28)

If you’re looking for ideas on how to begin or continue the journey of a zero waste lifestyle, join the Office of Sustainability for one of our BYOB virtual Lunch & Learns on zero waste living! As part of the Plastic Free July Ecochallenge, we will be giving our own tips, tricks, and recommendations for favorite zero waste items and habits, and hoping to hear about yours as well!

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Community

Say No to Styrofoam

Throughout its life cycle, polystyrene (styrofoam) can harm people, communities, and the planet. I will refuse styrofoam whenever I can, making sure to kindly let people know why I'm asking for alternative packaging.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Lunch & Learn: Zero Waste Living (Danforth)

If you’re looking for ideas on how to begin or continue the journey of a zero waste lifestyle, join the Office of Sustainability for one of our BYOB virtual Lunch & Learns on zero waste living! As part of the Plastic Free July Ecochallenge, we will be giving our own tips, tricks, and recommendations for favorite zero waste items and habits, and hoping to hear about yours as well!

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Yogurt Making Demonstration

Take a lunch break with us on Thursday, July 15th, from 12-1pm as our super-talented Assistant Director of Sustainability, Cassie Hage, walks us through the process of making yogurt at home!

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Plastic Free Lunch Boxes

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and tupperware-like containers in my children's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 4 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

WashU's Plastic Use Townhall

Come to this virtual townhall to discuss WashU's plastic usage and how we can use university resources to systematically reduce that.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 10 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Provide the Alternatives

I will provide daily plastic free alternatives (straws, water bottles, cuttlery, bar soap, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.) for my family to use.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 15 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

DIY Cat Litter

I will swap out my cat's litter for sawdust, mulch, or dirt with baking soda.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Tim Taylor My Beauty Products

I will lessen my plastic impact by making my own makeup.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Make Your Own Tote

To kick off Plastic Free July, join us outside Schnuck Pavilion on Danforth Campus anytime between 4:30 and 6 pm to upcycle an old t-shirt into a tote bag! This is also a great opportunity to socialize as well as learn more about the Plastic-Free Ecochallenge.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Join the WUSM Virtual Discussion!

The sustainability team at the Med school is hosting a virtual discussion on the life cycle of plastic on Wednesday, June 30th, from 12PM-1PM. This is a great opportunity to learn more about plastic as well as how to participate in this Ecochallenge!

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • maggie bach's avatar
    maggie bach 8/02/2021 8:36 AM
    could not update any of my daily things, but i did learn a lot from this

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    maggie bach 7/30/2021 2:57 PM
    hard weekend coming to our family

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    maggie bach 7/30/2021 2:56 PM
    good friday to pick up trash

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    maggie bach 7/28/2021 6:32 AM
    great day for not using any plastic!

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    maggie bach 7/27/2021 7:09 AM
    good day to get out and grab some trash!

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    maggie bach 7/26/2021 8:26 AM
    back to work today, more to come
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Natural Fibers
    What are the benefits (to people, animals, and the environment) of purchasing clothes made with natural fibers?

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    maggie bach 7/26/2021 8:26 AM
    helps the environment and all of us

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    maggie bach 7/26/2021 6:53 AM
    hardly did anything today, rainy day

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    maggie bach 7/26/2021 6:52 AM
    party at friends, we used good stuff for guests

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    maggie bach 7/26/2021 6:50 AM
    took grandkids to water park today, great time picking up trash, and using the correct stuff to pack lunches