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Allyson Didier

WashU Plastic Free

""Buy less, choose well, and make it last." - Vivienne Westwood"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,283 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    29
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    60
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    200
    minutes
    spent learning

Allyson's Actions

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 30 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Pets

Homemade Pet Food

I will prepare my own pet food to avoid plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Containers

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

WashU's Plastic Use Townhall

Come to this virtual townhall to discuss WashU's plastic usage and how we can use university resources to systematically reduce that.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 15 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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 15 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

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Uncompleted
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

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Pets

Homemade Pet Treats

I will prepare my own pet treats to avoid plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Natural Paints

I will paint rooms in my home with low/no VOC or natural paints.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 30 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 27
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 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Just Say No
    Do some research on polystyrene and polyvinyl. How many items in your house already contain these toxins?

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    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 12:23 PM
    Quite a few! From our house siding, window frames, and most of our flooring, to cords on electronics, some of our shoes and bank cards, there's a lot of polyvinyl in our house. And polystyrene, too, like in our attic insulation, smoke detectors, and some CD cases.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Homemade Pet Treats
    How could you reduce your waste even further (i.e. by making pet treats out of kitchen scraps or about-to-go-bad produce)?

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    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 12:02 PM
    If it's something they can have, I already give kitchen scraps to my pets as snacks. We could look into growing more in our backyard for them, like maybe specialty hay or something.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Homemade Pet Food
    Does making your own pet food seem like a habit you can keep up in the long term? What else can you do to reduce your use of plastic packaging that can come from taking care of your pet's needs?

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    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 11:54 AM
    Our pets are herbivores, so it's been pretty easy to make their food and I imagine it'll be easy to keep up with. I want to look into making them toys, which would reduce the plastic from toy packaging, etc.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care See the Green
    Take a moment to estimate how many disposable daily contacts you may have used over the years. What would be your impact now of switching to a contact brand with a longer lifespan?

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    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 11:49 AM
    I've probably used a few hundred, maybe a thousand, daily disposable contacts over the years. Since I don't wear contacts every day, I'm not sure how much of an impact switching to a brand with a longer lifespan would make.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

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    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 11:39 AM
    I spend a lot less money when I only purchase health and safety items. It's definitely made me think more about if I really need an item and if there's something we already own that could work instead.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Support a Sharing Economy
    What are the benefits of a sharing economy? How could a sharing economy change the dynamics you have with friends, family and/or neighbors?

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    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 11:35 AM
    Sharing has made us closer to our family because we see them more often. All the small talk when picking up/dropping off borrowed items adds up to knowing more about each other. Another benefit is that it saves money! Why buy something when you could borrow it for free?
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

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    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 11:20 AM
    We'd create significantly less trash if we switched to all reusable products. One alternative that we really need to look into is buying things, like rice, from bulk stores and using our own containers.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 11:14 AM
    I found that not all disposables can be replaced 1:1 with the same type of reusable. For example, disposable plastic wrap keeps avocados fresh in the fridge, but reusable wrap didn't do a great job. I found that Stasher bags work well.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

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    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 10:56 AM
    It's impossible to find cheese that isn't wrapped in plastic! Also, there's so much more plastic being used than I thought, and when trying to avoid it the options become really limited.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Allyson Didier 7/30/2021 10:53 AM
    I already owned reusable shopping and produce bags, so it wasn't very difficult to make an effort to actually use them. The most difficult part is remembering to take them with me when I go out.