July 1 - July 31, 2020

Shannon College

Dallas Zoo and Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

"Engaging people, saving wildlife!"

Points Total

  • 45 Today
  • 233 This Week
  • 343 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    pieces of litter
    picked up

Shannon's Actions


Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden.

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.

One-Time Action


Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

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

One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

One-Time Action


Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 4 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.



  • Shannon College 7/03/2020 2:10 PM
    Hey all! While we try to reduce our personal use of plastics, there are many groups that are doing great things to keep plastic pollution out of our environment. One of the speakers at last year's Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium was Jace Tunnell of Nurdle Patrol. Nurdles are the tiny little plastic pellets, phase one of the creation of new plastics. They are about the size of a styrofoam bead, and move just as easily as one. Normally one plant processes nurdles, then ships them to other facilities to be manufactured into larger plastic items. The major issue is that because nurdles are so small, a lot of them get lost along the way, increasing microlitter in our environments. Nurdle patrol invites people from all over to do ten minute surveys of an area they are visiting while collecting and counting as many nurdles as they find. Nurdle patrol then takes this data and organizes it to see if we can pinpoint places of impact. They've used this data as evidence that many facilities aren't fulfilling their commitments to the environment by prevent nurdle escapes, and have huge success so far thanks to citizen scientists. If you want to learn more, you can check out the facebook page for Nurdle Patrol, or you can check out their website here: https://nurdlepatrol.org/Forms/Home/

  • Shannon College 7/02/2020 4:00 PM
    If you are new to PFE and looking for alternatives, try checking shops like packagefreeshop.com for inspiration. They are one of my go to places for new ideas of how to eliminate single use plastics in my life. Even if I dont purchase their items, it still gives me a starting point and motivation to change. There has been a bit of controversy behind some of the companies they support, but with anything it's always good to do your own research and find what companies align most closely with your intentions. Even better they, are having a different sale every day for all of plastic free July to help you buy quality products for your new lifestyle changes, so definitely a good source to watch for super cheap and easy alternatives for your lifestyle changes!   

  • Shannon College 7/01/2020 5:00 PM
    Day 1: Here we go! Thank you to all who have already signed up! Don't forget, you can earn extra points by inviting your friends, family, and coworkers! You've already made a huge impact so far! Note that one of the community challenge actions is to "host a community clean-up"-keep in mind, you can still do this with social distancing, or go solo! Make sure you take extra precautions to stay safe-wear gloves, a mask if necessary, sunscreen, stay hydrated, and DEFINITELY watch out for poison ivy! You can track how much trash you've collected, and we can count it toward the zoo's goal of collecting 10,000lbs of trash this year! What a great way to create a better world for animals!
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    Camouflaged trash in the Trinity River creek, visible from the Flamingo Bridge
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Fresh as a Daisy
    Do some research on the toxic side affects of aluminum deodorant. After reading the side effects, can you think of instances where you may have experienced the side effects from this form of deodorant?

    Shannon College 7/01/2020 4:42 PM
    What's interesting is how difficult it is to find side effects of aluminum deodorant. So much of my search was blocked by ads discussing one or two of the side effects. I didn't really come across anything relatable, no swelling, hives, no signs of breast cancer or Alzheimer's yet, but I do think it's important to know what goes in and on our bodies. I've been off aluminum for a few years now and have a brand that I love! I made my own this month though, and for the last 2 days it's actually held up. I'm happy to be able to know what I'm using and where my product come from, and also store it in a glass jar instead of plastic!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

    Shannon College 7/01/2020 4:28 PM
    I'm working on growing a tomato plant! Jess Powers had started some, and they absolutely took off! Apparently she has a greener thumb than I do, or perhaps mine is the runt, but hopefully it will grow big and tall and one day even bloom! I'd love to have my own garden some day!

  • Shannon College 6/29/2020 8:18 PM
    Look at those incredible WOA bird keepers making strides before we even start! Awesome work everyone! Don't forget, you can send invites to your coworkers that haven't signed up yet, and earn more points if they click through your link!

  • Shannon College 6/27/2020 11:01 AM
    Hey everybody! Thanks for joining this year's Plastic Free Ecochallenge! I'm looking forward to learning about alternatives for single use plastics, and how each of you are making a difference and creating a better world for animals! We'll have some additional challenges this year with a global pandemic lurking, but this can lead to some inspiring creativity! Make sure you check the team feed often as I'll be posting more about ways I've reduced plastic in my life, as well as interesting articles surrounding the plastic pollution crisis. I can't wait to get this started!