July 1 - July 31, 2019

Kevin Graham

Dallas Zoo and Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

"Our irresponsible plastic consumption is a disaster that is catching up to us, threatening lives and the planet with the immense impact of a slow-triggered nuclear bomb. While we guzzle down refreshing bottled drinks, sip on to go coffee and smoothies, or dig in to delicious takeaway food, we are unaware of the environmental, societal, health and economic costs of it all – that is already happening now and will continue in generations to come."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,782 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    62
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    31
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    62
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    15
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Pets

Pet Waste

I will spend 10 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Pets

DIY Cat Litter

I will swap out my cat's litter for sawdust, mulch, and dirt with baking soda.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 2 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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!

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Visit the Butcher

I will purchase meats and cheeses from the deli counter or a butcher shop, and use my own containers to do so.

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

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

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Kevin Graham 7/31/2019 10:20 PM
    It’s over for the official challenge, now continuing until next July.

  • Kevin Graham 7/31/2019 3:49 AM
    Final day, made it all the way through without missing a checkin.

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  • Kevin Graham 7/30/2019 10:17 AM
    Last day tomorrow, everyone making their final push to finish out your action items and rack up the point to keep us in firmly in 11th place?  Remember, you can go back up the three days to fill in any daily action items that you might have missed.

  • Kevin Graham 7/29/2019 9:16 AM
     Hard to believe it’s just a bit over 48 hours until the challenge has completed. And, looking at the numbers, it looks like our zoo is going to finish in about 11th place. Not too shabby with just under 800 teams participating. 

  • Kevin Graham 7/28/2019 3:16 PM
    Another day at work, another 3000 or so pieces of trash picked up during the course of the day.    OK, maybe a slight exaggeration but it sure feels like that much. 

  • Kevin Graham 7/27/2019 5:38 AM
    Seems like the challenge just started for this year and now there's only four more days left until it's finished.  Of course, hopefully for all >15,000 people participating everything being focused on continues for well past the end of July.

  • Kevin Graham 7/26/2019 7:36 AM
    Heard back from Amazon on one of my many messages to them about the wasted number of air pillows that they use when shipping items that are essentially indestructible (in this case it was two types of solid metal hardware).  Unfortunately it was nothing more than a canned response of they'll look into improvements for the future.  In other words, they plan on changing nothing with their waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets DIY Cat Litter
    Other species can teach us important lessons about ourselves and life in general. What has your cat taught you?

    Kevin Graham 7/25/2019 2:23 PM
    Besides arrogance, narcissistic behavior, disinterest, favoritism, and other lovely cat qualities those that have shared my house over the years haven't been much for teaching...
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Pet Waste
    By composting your pet waste, you are turning waste into nutrients to feed the soil. In what other ways can you turn waste into a resource in your life?

    Kevin Graham 7/25/2019 2:21 PM
    Reusing items when packaging can't be eliminated entirely, and then recycling when that products' packaging has reached the end of its lifespan.  Eliminating items going into the landfill by any means necessary.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

    Kevin Graham 7/25/2019 2:19 PM
    There's a tremendous amount of plastic in products that really don't need it and shouldn't have it.  Whether it's consumer or business driven the amount of waste created could be cut by a significant margin by just getting rid of the unnecessary packaging.