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Kelly Dillow

OKC Zoo and Botanical Garden

POINTS TOTAL

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  • 345 THIS WEEK
  • 2,005 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    11
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    68
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    420
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • UP TO
    5
    pounds
    waste avoided

Kelly's actions

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.

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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 5 minutes learning what the care symbols mean and laundry best practices to make all of my textiles last as long as possible.

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Family + Pets

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

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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Community

Write Letters, Emails or Sign Petitions

I will write or sign 1 letters, emails or petitions per day to advocate for plastic-free or planet-friendly policies.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 10 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Keep My Community Clean

In addition to refusing and reducing my consumption of single-use plastics, I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day of the Plastic Free Ecochallenge.

COMPLETED 15
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 10 minutes outside in nature, and share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the Participant Feed.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Family + Pets

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.

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Study

Recycle My Tech

There's value in our old electronics! This month, I will properly recycle any old laptops, tablets, cell phones, or other electronics I have lying around so the raw materials can be reused and reduce demand for virgin materials - thereby also protecting critical wildlife habitat for animals such as gorillas and forest elephants.

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Study

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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 10 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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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

Rethink Returns

While most stores offer lenient return policies, what actually happens to all of those returns? I will spend 10 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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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 15
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
    Bedroom Recycling Textiles
    Textile recycling is incredibly complicated for a myriad of reasons. After learning about the textile recycling process, how has your relationship with your clothing changed?

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    Kelly Dillow 7/19/2024 12:40 PM
    I wouldn't say that my relationship with clothing has changed rather it just reinforces my existing habits with clothing.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bedroom Rethink Returns
    How has learning what happens to returns influenced how you make purchasing decisions?

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    Kelly Dillow 7/18/2024 2:36 PM
    I am pretty lazy and have learned already that I am unlikely to return items, so I rarely buy things online. I have also seen first-hand from my previous job the impact of returns in landfills (although I did not realize the extent of the problem). I don't think this info will change my behavior any, but I do still find it valuable to have learned more!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bedroom Declutter Sustainably
    Compared to your previous experiences with decluttering, how was this experience with sustainable decluttering different?

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    Kelly Dillow 7/17/2024 1:01 PM
    Even though I know better, I typically donate all my items to Goodwill because it is easy. I worked with a friend to donate some items that were specifically requested by a neighbor in need, and I posted other items for free.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Write Letters, Emails or Sign Petitions
    How might thinking creatively help us address big systems problems - like plastic pollution - differently?

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    Kelly Dillow 7/17/2024 12:56 PM
    We have a tendency to think that there is one big solution to problems, and creative thinking helps us get out of that mindset.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bedroom Proper Clothing Care
    Fast fashion depends on consumers buying into constantly changing trends, only wearing their clothes a handful of times, then tossing and buying more. How can you combat those influences to create a more sustainable wardrobe you'll love, value, and care for long-term?

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    Kelly Dillow 7/11/2024 2:19 PM
    I think there are probably a lot of different strategies for this from developing a unique style that you feel good in to avoiding consuming too much media around trends to purchasing "timeless" clothing (I still feel like that is a scam??). For me I just don't buy new things until my current things wear out. A lot of times that means I am not fashionable, but I enjoy the freedom that can come with not worrying about that.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bathroom Use What You Have
    Besides the economic benefits of using the things we already own, how can this practice impact our lives in other ways and influence the way we interact with "things"?

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    Kelly Dillow 7/09/2024 2:01 PM
    Things take on less allure, which is helpful financially and environmentally, but I think also for emotional health as well. A culture of consumerism takes advantage of the existing human nature to hoard resources, but also manipulates our sense of inadequacy by promising that a purchase is going to change us in some way. Using what we have can in some ways be a form of self-love, because we are already good enough!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study 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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    Kelly Dillow 7/09/2024 1:57 PM
    I have been a neurotic level under spender for as long as I can remember, so this was not a huge adjustment for me. So far what I have noticed the most is how sad I am that I have to use up all of my tea before I can buy new tea. It has been good to use up things I already have but to go from a delicious morning chai to peppermint has been ALMOST as devastating as single use plastics. In general, I think paying attention to my unnecessary spending/purchasing is such a great practice for the planet and my finances.

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    Kelly Dillow 7/04/2024 1:57 PM
    This is a long, but very in depth, article about plastic production and solutions according to the plastics industry. It has a neat little interactive graph towards the end that helps summarize visually the projected effects of different management strategies for plastics.
    How to create a 'world without waste'? Here are the plastic industry's ideas. | Grist
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Kelly Dillow 7/04/2024 6:21 AM
    I feel like I am supposed to say it instills some sort of connectedness but after years of doing it and many cleanup events, it now makes me a little cranky. I think about my efforts as hopefully preventing harm to wildlife down the road, but mostly it makes me angry that we have such a discard/single use culture.

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      Lisa Brenskelle 7/04/2024 7:13 AM
      I know how you feel. I find litter a few feet from a trash bin - there is just no reason for it. But, I keep picking it up and disposing of it properly. Persist!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Go For a Walk
    What have you noticed about your mental and/or physical health while going on daily walks? How has it affected other areas of your life?

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    Kelly Dillow 7/03/2024 2:01 PM
    It has been super hot so I have been counting my morning chicken/garden time as my daily walk. I love taking time each day to check on my plants and spend time with my girls, it is the most peaceful part of my day.

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      Gillian Lang 7/03/2024 4:22 PM
      I've been counting my morning garden time towards some of my go for a walk time too for the same reason! This morning I saw over a dozen dragonflies and finally heard a cicada. I think the Mississippi kites in our neighborhood have been keeping the numbers of cicadas down, because we heard them in Mitch Park a few weeks ago.