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Misha Body

L.A. Zoo Team Angeleno Plastic Eliminators (Team APE)

"Less plastic is more fantastic!"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 340 THIS WEEK
  • 1,465 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    19
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    19
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    225
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    1,115
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    20
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    21
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    19
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    50
    pounds
    waste avoided

Misha's actions

Study

Investigate Oil Subsidies

Our tax dollars are subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, making the cost of plastics artificially low and encouraging further plastics production. I will spend 30 minutes learning about oil subsidies and how I can advocate for their elimination.

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Study

Plastic History Buff

Single-use plastics are everywhere, but that wasn't always the case. I will spend at least 30 minutes learning about the history of single-use plastics and how it became ubiquitous in our daily lives.

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Study

Follow the Chasing Arrows

The chasing arrows symbol we associate with recycling doesn't always actually mean something is recyclable. I will spend at least 30 minutes learning the different meanings the symbol can have.

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Study

Numbers Everywhere

The numbers #1-7 on plastics tell us a lot - and can help us be better recyclers. I will learn what these numbers mean and which types of plastics are accepted for recycling in my area.

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Study

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit of my trash and recycling to understand how much waste I create and create a plan for where I can reduce the most.

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Community

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 30 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

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Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 30 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

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Bedroom

Rethink Returns

While most stores offer lenient return policies, what actually happens to all of those returns? I will spend 45 minutes learning about what happens to returns and how I can make better purchasing decisions to avoid returns in the future.

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Bedroom

Declutter Sustainably

While it can be tempting to throw away (or drop off at Goodwill) any and everything that no longer brings us joy, there are so many options that are better for the planet! This month, I will declutter my home and properly dispose or re-home the things I no longer want.

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Bedroom

Clean the Dryer Vent

Every time we tumble dry our laundry, our clothes' lifespans get a little shorter. The lint trap is evidence of the shedding fibers and our clothes slowly losing their quality. The less time our clothes need to be in the dryer, the longer they'll last. So this month, I will clean my dryer's interior and exterior air vents to help the dryer work more efficiently (and extend the life of the dryer!).

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Family + Pets

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

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Kitchen

Choose Reusable Food Storage

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Study

Embrace Imperfection

Eliminating 100% of all plastic from our lives simply isn't possible. Throughout this month, I will embrace imperfection in my plastic-free journey while exploring and testing new ways to reduce my plastic footprint.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Clean Plate Club

When I need to replace my dish soap, I will switch to a bar or refillable option.

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Bathroom

See the Green

An estimated 50,000lbs (23,000kg) of contact lenses end up in sewage sludge in the US each year. This month, I will learn how to recycle used contact lenses and packaging or switch to wearing glasses instead.

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Bedroom

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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Kitchen

Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden using as little plastic as possible and to save from the plastic used buying herbs and veggies.

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Kitchen

Dive Into Expiration Dates

Just because something is past its "expiration date," it might not actually be expired! I will spend 30 minutes learning about the difference between best by, use by, and sell by dates and how to tell if my food is actually expired.

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Study

Greenwashing Pro

Greenwashing can fool even the most experienced eco-advocate. This month, I will spend 45 minutes learning what greenwashing is, how to spot it, and what I can do about it.

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Study

Borrowed Books

The average paperback book has the same carbon footprint of driving about 7 miles (11 km) in an average car. Instead of purchasing new books this month, I will borrow books, e-books, and/or audiobooks from my local library or library-affiliated apps, or host a book swap with my friends.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 60 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

Don't forget to celebrate the good! This month, I will give shout-outs on social media, my office's internal communication channels, or the Participant Feed to a local company, coworker, friend, or family member for their sustainable efforts.

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Study

Learn about 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.

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Study

Print in Draft Mode

To extend the life of my ink cartridges, I will set my printer default to draft mode to use less ink or toner per print job.

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Bedroom

Recycling Textiles

Every single textile ever made will, at some point, become worn out - and dealing with that waste costs millions of tax dollars every year. I will spend 35 minutes learning about the different types of textile recycling and creating a plan for what I'll do with my clothes and other textiles when they are too worn out to use anymore.

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Kitchen

Go Strawless

Each year, the International Coastal Cleanup reports that plastic straws and stirrers are one of the Top 10 most-collected items from their cleanups (top 5 in the US!). I will keep 1 plastic straws and/or stirrers out of the landfill each day by refusing straws or using my own reusable straw.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Fill a Water Bottle

Bottled water corporations make plastic bottles, not water. If the tap water in my area is safe for consumption, I will use a reusable bottle instead and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottles a day.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Use a Reusable Mug

Even just one to-go coffee or tea a week adds up to 52 trashed cups in a year! I will avoid sending 1 disposable cups to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or travel cup.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Study

Estimate Your Ecological Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint, and from the results brainstorm and take action on ways I can reduce my annual footprint.

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Community

Share My Actions

One of the best ways we can create change in our communities is simply by talking about it! This month, I will make my environmental actions visible by sharing about them on my social media networks and the Plastic Free Ecochallenge participant feed.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Go For a Walk

Science has shown that focused time in nature calms our over-worked frontal lobe and gives space for the areas of our brain associated with emotions, pleasure, and empathy to take over, providing a sense of calm that is measurable in brain scans and even blood tests. Each day this month, I will spend 30 minutes outside in nature, and share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the Participant Feed.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Study

Divest and Reinvest

Does your savings account, retirement account, or investment account support the fossil fuel (and plastics) industry? This month, I will spend 30 minutes investigating where my investments (and where my bank's investments) are going, divest from the fossil fuel industry, and reinvest in ways that are more in alignment with my values.

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Bathroom

Take the pre-survey!

Help us make the Plastic Free Ecochallenge the best it can be! Take the challenge pre-survey (and look out for the post-survey at the end of the challenge!) so we can better understand the impact the challenge has and how we can improve in the future. Plus, you'll earn points for completing it! Thank you!

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Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


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    Misha Body 7/19/2024 7:13 PM
    Even though I'm usually very aware and pro-active about avoiding plastic use, of course there's still plastic in my life. But checking in daily here has made me much more aware of that plastic -- and even if I haven't yet eliminated ALL of the plastic, it certainly makes me more cognizant...

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    Misha Body 7/18/2024 8:02 PM
    Plastics are bad for your health!

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    Misha Body 7/16/2024 7:36 PM
    Another great set of graphics from Maelstrom: https://www.maelstrom-h2020.eu/maeldrop-16-oceanic-birds-and-plastic-exposure-a-global-assessment/

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    Misha Body 7/16/2024 7:33 PM
    I found Maelstrom which has some good images if you want to share on your social media feeds to get more folks to sign up!! https://www.maelstrom-h2020.eu/maeldrop-19-plastic-pollution-is-also-an-environmental-justice-issue/
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Misha Body 7/15/2024 7:02 PM
    It's been AWESOME seeing so many more birds, butterflies, and bees in the yard!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Family + Pets Get Rid of Glitter
    How can you and your little one exercise your creativity without creating more plastic waste?

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    Misha Body 7/15/2024 7:01 PM
    I'll admit: I'm a sucker for glitter. But I'm definitely not about balloons and other decorative waste. We just got married a few months ago and we made sure we had reusable, low waste options. For example, instead of confetti, we went to the park and got dried leaves and made our own organic "confetti". In fact, the park ranger even said he was going to let other people who get married in the park know about that idea!

    • Mary Hanks's avatar
      Mary Hanks 7/15/2024 7:31 PM
      Misha, I love the idea of your organic confetti! it's creative, it's planet-friendly, and I'll bet it was lovely. I hope people follow your example.

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    Misha Body 7/15/2024 6:56 PM
    I posted on social media today with some images of WHY it's important to reduce plastic use. I found this site which has some good graphics, for example: https://www.maelstrom-h2020.eu/maeldrop-19-plastic-pollution-is-also-an-environmental-justice-issue/

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    Misha Body 7/14/2024 10:57 PM
    I get inspired and motivated to be better about my ecological footprint when I'm outside, even when it's in manicured, curated gardens like the beauty of the Getty!

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    Misha Body 7/12/2024 10:09 PM
    Totally inspired by the push that got us into SECOND place! Yeah, y'all!!!

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    Misha Body 7/07/2024 3:27 PM
    Enjoying bird watching in the backyard with some refreshing water in my reusable bottle!