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Jaden Brodie

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

POINTS TOTAL

  • 40 TODAY
  • 835 THIS WEEK
  • 2,055 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    20
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1
    conversation
    with a person
  • UP TO
    47
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    35
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    43
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    50
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    15
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    17
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Jaden's actions

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!).

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Bathroom

That Was a Close Shave

Who says we need 5 blades and a ribbon of shaving cream on every $5 razor blade cartridge, when a single blade causes less irritation and costs 92% less? This month, I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Bathroom

Bidet All Day

The average American uses about 141 rolls of toilet paper each year, most of which is wrapped in plastic film. To cut down on my toilet paper usage, I will install a bidet in my bathroom.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 1 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Bathroom

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Skip Plastic Bags

Whenever possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags. I will either use my own reusable bags, or keep my items loose.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Bedroom

Natural Fibers

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Bathroom

Use What You Have

The only thing worse than a single-use item is a zero-use item! I will use (and use up) what I already have in my home before buying something new.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Study

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!

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Greenwashing Pro

Greenwashing can fool even the most experienced eco-advocate. This month, I will spend 5 minutes learning what greenwashing is, how to spot it, and what I can do about it.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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 5 minutes learning about oil subsidies and how I can advocate for their elimination.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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 5 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.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Bedroom

Rethink Returns

While most stores offer lenient return policies, what actually happens to all of those returns? I will spend 5 minutes learning about what happens to returns and how I can make better purchasing decisions to avoid returns in the future.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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 5 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.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Bedroom

Proper Clothing Care

All those symbols on our clothes, sheets, and towels actually have meanings! To ensure that I'm caring for my clothes properly, I will spend 10 minutes learning what the care symbols mean and laundry best practices to make all of my textiles last as long as possible.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Bathroom

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Even when advertised as "flushable" these wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but instead combine with fat to create massive clogs. This month, I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Advocate For Better Food Packaging

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 5 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Bedroom

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 5 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Family + Pets

Discover Together

I will spend 5 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Family + Pets

Balloons Blow

Although a long-standing festive tradition, balloons are harmful for animals and the environment. I will spend 5 learning about the dangers of balloons and find eco-friendly alternatives to use instead.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Family + Pets

Get Rid of Glitter

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 5 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Family + Pets

Homemade Pet Food

I will prepare my own pet food and/or treats to avoid plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Bedroom

Mend and Repair

We've all got it - that thing in the back of our closet we keep saying we'll fix "one day." I will make today that day by learning how to mend or repair ripped or broken items in my home - or by finding a local offering to do it for me.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Bathroom

Green Beauty

Globally, packaging manufacturers make about $25 billion each year on plastic beauty and personal care packaging. That's a whole lot of plastic - nearly all of which ends up in landfills. When it's time to buy more, I will replace my beauty products with refillable, sustainable, and/or DIY options.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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 17
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 17
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 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Use Reusable Utensils

Whether I'm at work, on the go, or having food delivered, I will keep 1 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Research Local Waste Sites
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

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    Jaden Brodie 7/19/2024 10:35 AM
    Being in Hollywood, I'm in a lot of high percentiles including Hazardous Waste Proximity and Superfund proximity. I was surprised to see the richer areas to either side, like Beverly Hills and Pasadena, also have high percentiles. So, I guess by choosing to live in a city, between population density and industry, we're all affected.

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    Jaden Brodie 7/19/2024 10:22 AM
    I got reusable Keurig pods for the office! Saves us adding a pod to the landfill each time we have a cup of coffee. Also, the machine itself was saved from being thrown out. A former employee left it behind during covid. I took it apart and thoroughly cleaned it, and now we have perfectly good coffee maker:

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bathroom That Was a Close Shave
    What have you noticed about the economic and social impact of switching to steel razors? Was there ever really a need for disposable razors, or do you think it was just a way to sell more things?

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    Jaden Brodie 7/18/2024 11:33 AM
    When you get past steel razors looking heavy and intimidating, they're more sustainable, durable, and a better product overall. I think disposables are so deeply ingrained in our society, that they're the default inventory stores stock and people grab. Once you stop to think about why, then yes, it's apparent that it's a way to sell more things.

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      Noelle Stobbe 7/18/2024 12:02 PM
      I totally agree with this! Steel razors save you so much money too since they last forever!

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    Jaden Brodie 7/18/2024 9:47 AM
    Got a little vitamin D this morning walking around the zoo, appreciating the animals:
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bedroom Mend and Repair
    Time to brag! Show us a photo of what you repaired and tell us about the experience!

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    Jaden Brodie 7/18/2024 9:14 AM
    Here's one of the dog toys I repaired. It's an easy thing to do - especially because it doesn't need to be neat or look good or match. When I repair my own clothes, there's way more pressure!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Learn about Environmental Justice
    What did you and your family learn about environmental justice? What questions came up for you? What feelings?

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    Jaden Brodie 7/17/2024 11:48 AM
    It's basically about making sure everyone gets a fair deal when it comes to clean air, water, and the environment. Certain neighborhoods get hit harder by pollution than others. It goes back to policy; putting things into law and enforcing them to fix those problems and reduce pollution because no one should have their health impacted by corporations creating waste. It's frustrating knowing that they're not prioritizing people and nature.

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    Jaden Brodie 7/17/2024 9:59 AM
    Doing another round of repairs on dog toys tonight. If I didn't patch them up, I'd be creating SO MUCH WASTE regularly. And so much unnecessary purchasing to replace 'em!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bedroom Clean the Dryer Vent
    When was the last time you cleaned your dryer's air vents? Was it easier or more difficult than you anticipated?

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    Jaden Brodie 7/17/2024 9:45 AM
    Never because I rent. I regularly clean the lint trap on the shared machines. Recently my fridge was louder than usual so I pulled it out and vacuumed the coils and it made a HUGE difference. After learning you're meant to do that on dryers, I watched some videos and followed along. It was straightforward.

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    Jaden Brodie 7/16/2024 3:28 PM
    Ready for another day of not using disposable cups and plastic utensils.

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bathroom Bidet All Day
    There are many benefits to using a bidet, including health, environmental, and economic benefits. Which of these benefits was most influential for you in making the switch to a bidet, and what has your experience been like since?

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    Jaden Brodie 7/16/2024 11:15 AM
    They've been on my radar for a while, after regularly coming up as recommended purchases on forums to the tune of "why haven't I done this sooner". Reducing toilet paper usage and increased hygiene were motivators. Just got it but seems like it's going to be a positive change.