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Marcy Gonzales

Oklahoma City Zoo

""We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do" Barbara Ward"

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Participant Impact

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    40
    advocacy actions
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    1
    donations
    made
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    42
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    70
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    260
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    107
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    137
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    56
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill

Marcy's Actions

Community

Say No to Styrofoam

Throughout its life cycle, polystyrene (styrofoam) can harm people, communities, and the planet. I will refuse styrofoam whenever I can, making sure to kindly let people know why I'm asking for alternative packaging.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

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One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 7
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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

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

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 15 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

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

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One-Time Action

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

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

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One-Time Action

Family

Thoughtful Toys

I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

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One-Time Action

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 1 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

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One-Time Action

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

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One-Time Action

Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 15 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
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

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

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 20 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 2 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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    Marcy Gonzales 7/31/2021 10:09 PM
    I've learned so much from this Plastic Free July Ecochallenge. I've made some changes to my every day lifestyle that will help me make better choices going forward. It's been eye-opening to discover just how much single-use plastics are used and discarded on a daily basis. It's also been encouraging to find out how some people are working to combat the problem.  It's nice to know that because of those people and their work, there are ways I can help contribute to reducing my reliance on plastics. 

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    Marcy Gonzales 7/30/2021 6:42 PM

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    Marcy Gonzales 7/30/2021 6:41 PM
    So here is a comparison picture of one of the single use plastic changes that I've made during my Plastic Free July Ecochallenge. All of the shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, and face wash bottles were bought over the past 10 months. Yes...I'm ashamed to say they are ALL mine. 
    When the ecochallenge started, I researched eco friendly, sustainable  personal care products that are packaged in recyclable/sustainable packaging. I was excited to find quite a few choices. In place of the 17 plastic bottles, I now have 4 bars....4.  Shampoo, conditioner, body, face. I'm honestly much happier with the quality of the bars than with the stuff in the bottles, and I won't be shifting back. And, yes, I will be cleaning and recycling all of those bottles that I can. 

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    Marcy Gonzales 7/28/2021 9:03 PM
    I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my reusable sandwich bags, beeswax covers, and bamboo toothbrush. I'm planning on posting at least one "before and after" picture that shows the reduction of plastics in my every day use. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pretty oh so Pretty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

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    Marcy Gonzales 7/25/2021 6:43 PM
    I can share (and have been sharing) with my family and friends all of the information I've been learning about the damage that single use plastics and micro plastics are doing to our planet, and how harmful they can be to our health as well. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

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    Marcy Gonzales 7/25/2021 6:39 PM
    Ummm....hello white vinegar!  THAT'S what I learned from making my own kitchen/bathroom cleaner. Vinegar is cleaning mana from heaven. I can't stand the smell of straight vinegar, but mixed with baking soda and some liquid soap it's totally fine. The biggest difference?...I already have all of the ingredients to make most of the cleaners I need, so....money saved. But it's also going to be better for my pets to not be exposed to the toxic chemicals that are found in the vast majority of store bought cleaning items. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Natural Fibers
    What are the benefits (to people, animals, and the environment) of purchasing clothes made with natural fibers?

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    Marcy Gonzales 7/25/2021 6:31 PM
    Clothing made from natural fibers are more comfortable, sustainable, and biodegradable. They tend to be more durable and wear longer, which cuts down on clothing expenses for most people. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Ditch Dryer Sheets
    Often, single-use and disposable products don't just create more trash - they also contain toxins that are bad for humans. What are some other single-use items that are harmful to humans?

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    Marcy Gonzales 7/25/2021 6:26 PM
    Styrofoam or polystyrene is definitely harmful to humans. The styrene contains chemicals that can cause cancer. If that's not a reason to eliminate the use of Styrofoam, I don't know what is. 
  • 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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    Marcy Gonzales 7/25/2021 6:18 PM
    I've noticed that I'm MUCH more aware of what I'm purchasing and what's contained in what I'm purchasing. The fact that I'm actually saving money by switching to reusable, sustainable items is going to ensure that I continue doing more of the same. The money I'm going to save on shampoo and conditioner alone is worth it, AND I get to make a small positive impact for my planet at the same time. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Proper Bioplastic Disposal
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Marcy Gonzales 7/25/2021 6:11 PM
    What concerns me the most is that we are not only destroying nature, the very thing that gives us life, but that we're also decimating wildlife in the process. We absolutely have the ability to put a complete stop to the damage that humanity is doing on a daily (every second of every day) basis.  Locally, legislation was passed to ensure that municipalities can't decide to put a ban on, or tax, single use plastics like shopping bags. It's beyond disturbing and, in my personal opinion, completely idiotic.