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Terry Bailey

YES!

"Evolution by choice not chance – can't remember who said that!"

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 1,669 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    140
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    16
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    9
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    63
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    19
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    13
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

Terry's Actions

Community

Prep a Plastics Action Web/App Development Course

A primary reason I am participating in this plastics challenge is to develop ideas to give students about problems and resources, so that they can start to build environmentally related websites and apps in my Web Development course at a local college in the fall.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 1 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for plastic reduction policies that are better for both the planet and people.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic reduction-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Give Up Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging, making sure to wash them well before using them.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Tim Taylor My Beauty Products

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Terry Bailey 7/31/2021 9:13 PM
    I must admit I kind of expected a big banner to come down on our last day to remind us we did it! We made it to the last day! This has been such a wonderful experience. I have enjoyed all the resources and information provided, the ideas for challenges, reading posts of other members, being introduced to all the organizations and nonprofits working on protecting our environment. That was heartening. In addition to all my learning this month, and challenge participation,

    I have been keeping notes of everything so that I can prepare my plastics challenge web and app development course during the month of August. The class begins Aug 31, and I will be almost as excited now to lay out the teaching / learning plan for my 30 students at a community college. In my class they will develop the concept and beginnings of a website business having to do with protecting the environment, and particularly protecting it from plastics. After this course, they will take the website they begin in this class, and add e-commerce to it in their e-commerce class, data in their database and analytics course, a mobile element in that class, etc.

    I began teaching green, environmental justice, sustainability, etc. content in all of my classes years ago - like 2008 - when I first began subscribing to Yes! Magazine (my team now!) after reading David Korten's first book. At that time I was teaching digital media, digital marketing and web / interactive design at a private design college. So, this Plastics Challenge, and the opportunity to incorporate what I have learned in it to my courses at a new college where I am now teaching how to program websites to mostly programmers and would-be entrepreneurs,  is really an exciting next step. Thank you to Yes! Magazine and to EcoChallenge for this wonderful learning experience and opportunity to support our planet and its inhabitants!

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    Terry Bailey 7/31/2021 7:19 PM
    This afternoon I signed a petition and wrote a letter to each of my federal legislators. 

    The letter was in support of Hr2238/S984 - the Break Free From Plastic Act and the petition was one sponsored by #PlasticFreePresident, urging a series of 8 steps Pres. Biden could take to help the planet in light of our serious our plastics problem: "I am writing to ask you to cosponsor (H.R. 2238/S. 984), the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. This legislation was introduced by Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) and will increase recycling and reuse rates in the US and mitigate the environmental impacts of plastic production and disposal. . . ."

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    Terry Bailey 7/31/2021 12:45 PM
    This morning I began watching the videos linked to in this challenge. This is another important resource that I will use for my web / app  dev class as well. Both as a learning tool for the students, but also to remind them that they can make their own videos and share them in their apps and on their websites. My students will be encouraged to start their own web/app businesses or nonprofits in this class, and the only requirement is that their businesses will either be about ridding the planet of plastic or some environmental  sustainability topic that includes dealing with the plastic problem. It was very inspiring to discover there are already lots of model videos on the topic online, but we definitely need some updated ones. 

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    Terry Bailey 7/30/2021 9:00 PM
    It is kinda sad to realize tomorrow is last day of month, and our plastics challenge. This has been a real eye opener for most of us, I think. Even those of us who have been aware of the plastics problem, have seen the fish and seabird photos of plastic filled fish and fowl. I started with straws. Was stunned when I read that U.S. disposes of 500 million straws a day. I had to re-read that the first time it seemed so unbelievable. Little did I know how much eye opening would follow in the succeeding days of this challenge. On the positive side, how many non-profits are working on this issue. One the down side, how even camels in the desert are dying from eating plastic, In the desert! On the up side, how many "self help" ways there are to make your own household cleaners, foods, and make-up rather than buying those items in plastic containers, On the down-side, how the amount of plastic in the average supermarket, makes plastic bags out check out seem like one grain of sand in all the beaches on the West Coast of the U.S. On the positive side, I'm here with thousands of others on multiple teams, getting active and woke.

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    Terry Bailey 7/29/2021 10:59 AM
    I restarted my grocery order from Imperfect.com foods this week, and was very happy to see that they have initiated a new program to let us recycle the little plastic that they do include in their orders. All the fruits and vegetables come loose in a box - no plastic bags! But they have to include a gel pack and some other silver pack to keep cold items cold. But now they have us leave those two packs on our doorstep at the next week's delivery, and they have a whole recycle and re-use program they have built around those items. Pretty awesome to see a company doing this. Wish the supermarkets would do the same!  Here is the web link for what exactly they do to re-use and recycle, and the big program they built with partners to do this!  --  https://blog.imperfectfoods.com/blog-1/2021/5/21/how-we-built-our-packaging-return-program?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20210728-eng-news

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    Terry Bailey 7/28/2021 9:16 PM
    This afternoon I went to my local nursery to buy some small clay pots to pot some of my herbs and violets in (the violets go in my kitchen window - a tradition I picked up from my Grandmother) and the herbs on my back porch. Of course I remembered to bring my own cloth bags for my purchases, BUT. Now that I am seeing plastic everywhere, it dawned on me how silly it is that nurseries sell their young plants in plastic containers, and then we bring those home and transfer the plants to the ground, or to clay pots. What a waste. I have to wonder what other material nurseries could use besides plastic pots. From small to huge, everything in the nursery is in a plastic pot.

    On the other hand, I asked one of the staff also about all the butterflies and hummingbirds flying around - making everyone's visits fun and uplifting. He told me that they always plant milkweed and other plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and change those plants each season. I thought that was pretty great and environmentally friendly of them!

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    Terry Bailey 7/28/2021 11:45 AM
    This morning I made a new batch of yogurt. One of the most fun things I learned about making my own (and therefore no more plastic yogurt containers, along with all the other environments savages when we make our own)  is that I can use any kind of milk. Dairy milk, oat milk, soy milk, etc. Last week a friend wondered what coconut milk yogurt would test like, so that is what I made today! I am eager to see what it tastes like, too. Actually, I mixed the coconut milk with 1/2 oat milk because I thought all coconut milk might be a little intense. I always have coconut milk available as I make lots of Thai food, and use it often in that (curries, for example). It takes 12 hours to "set." But I will post about the taste once it does.

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    Terry Bailey 7/27/2021 1:13 PM
    I was kind of reflecting on all I have learned this month during the plastics challenge. It is really quite amazing. I will never look at plastic the same again! I certainly had never been aware of how huge the problem is. I feel like I have already changed so much of my lifestyle, and I am really happy to be doing it with knowledge, not just because someone told me not to use a plastic straw or bag. I am so much better at reading labels now, and feel like challenges like this one will be very important going forward - there is so much for people to be educated about! In the next day or two I will write more here about how I am developing me web/app course to reflect this challenge.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Terry Bailey 7/26/2021 4:55 PM
    I used to live in an apartment complex with an awesome onsite manager. He had managed the place for 20 years he told me. Every day I saw him walking around the complex picking up litter, straightening things, making note of bushes that needed feeding or trimming. Once he told me the history of everyone who had previously lived in my apartment, and of the oak trees that grew on the grounds. That manager made a big impression on me. His pride in the complex and community. His caring for it. I think of him now when I walk around and pick up garbage / litter myself. And I imagine a world where everyone has that kind of pride of place.

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    Terry Bailey 7/26/2021 4:49 PM
    Hi Team Yes!  -- the Maryland Zoo team has been nipping at our heals for most of the month, but now they are within 500 points of the Yes! team! And they only have a third of the members we do. . . .