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Marcella Cox

ZooTampa Team

"Hoping to develope better habits from this challenge and assist ZooTampa with their achievement goal."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,522 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    77
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    90
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    165
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    67
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Marcella's Actions

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Naked Bins

I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

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

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

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

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

Discover Together

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 2 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 10 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 10 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

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 15 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 20
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 25
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Marcella Cox's avatar
    Marcella Cox 7/31/2021 3:12 PM
    Great month of learning...and developing some new habits.   Glad to have been a part of the eco challenge and the ZooTampa Team.  
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Back in the Bowl
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

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    Marcella Cox 7/30/2021 4:22 PM
    Before this eco challenge..I didn't understand the depth of damage from my decisions and purchases.  Sure...I thought about the obvious plastic bags and bottles.   But never would I have thought about cosmetic packages.   Even something soo small...is a big problem.  I will give more...indepth thought to all my purchases and make more effort to recycle...and reuse everything.   Ditching all my current cosmetics and going to a sustainable brand.  Made an online purchase today.( from Antonym) Looking forward to new products. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Naked Bins
    Does changing the lining of your waste bin change the kind or amount of trash you produce?

    Marcella Cox's avatar
    Marcella Cox 7/29/2021 1:36 PM
    Started repurposing paper bags for my recycle waste bin.  I'm sure the containers I place in this bin are dry.

  • Marcella Cox's avatar
    Marcella Cox 7/28/2021 12:40 PM
    I read the proceeding information on line...found it to be very informative.   Just sharing....🙃
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Proper Bioplastic Disposal
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Marcella Cox's avatar
    Marcella Cox 7/28/2021 12:38 PM

    • Marcella Cox's avatar
      Marcella Cox 7/28/2021 12:53 PM
      👍yes..its.too easy..and the big $$$ companies with alot of resources can't come to the obvious conclusion.   Just Stop making it!!!.

    • Judi Guralnick's avatar
      Judi Guralnick 7/28/2021 12:49 PM
      No one thing concerns me the most it is everything.  Too many people taking up too much land because they need individual homes, drive too far to walk or play, don't carpool. Plastic is too easy to reach for - in every part of life.  Its all of it.

  • Marcella Cox's avatar
    Marcella Cox 7/28/2021 12:21 PM
    Greeted by this cute little guy today.  Awwwww.
    Hope everyone is having nice plastic-free day.😁😁

  • Marcella Cox's avatar
    Marcella Cox 7/28/2021 12:16 PM
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

    Marcella Cox's avatar
    Marcella Cox 7/27/2021 10:10 AM
    It can inspire other readers.

  • Marcella Cox's avatar
    Marcella Cox 7/27/2021 3:33 AM
    Last week of the challenge...feeling good about the new habits I have developed .  Hope everyone has a great day.🙂🙃
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production
    What did you learn about how plastic production impacts humans, animals, communities, and the environment? Which of these impacts specifically affects your community?

    Marcella Cox's avatar
    Marcella Cox 7/26/2021 5:38 PM
    This made me think more about the chemicals released into out bodies from plastics.  Also how it affects marine life by not only entanglement but when they consume it..it can block their stomach and have chemicals released into their bodies...