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Kim Griffin

ECOS

Points Total

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  • 1,117 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    185
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    268
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    31
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    43
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Kim's Actions

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Plastic Free Lunch Boxes

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and tupperware-like containers in my children's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

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

Uncompleted
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!

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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

Host a Watch Party

I will host a watch party with friends and/or colleagues to watch and discuss a movie about plastics.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

Uncompleted
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

Personal Care

Choose to Refill at a Zero Waste Store

I will look to refill my household cleaning products such as laundry detergent, shampoos, and soaps. You may be surprised to find startup/local bulk stores in your neighborhood that provide household materials and even staple foods such as pasta and rice without the plastic packaging.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Uncompleted
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

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 2 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 31
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

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 31
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 31
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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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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    Kim Griffin 7/30/2021 6:24 AM
    I think the difficulty is making a choice to be more cautious when purchasing goods. We are used to purchasing goods and don't consider how it's packaged and the harm the packaging may cause to the environment. This experience has changed my way of looking at items to purchase and consider the affects the plastic may have on our environment. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Try a Pet Shampoo Bar
    In what ways does your pet make your life happier, more interesting, or more rewarding?

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    Kim Griffin 7/30/2021 6:20 AM
    I love my pets! We have 3 American Bulldogs and they are truly a woman's best friend :) Our dogs interact so well with my kids and nieces and nephews! They are great protectors and make my life much happier! They are our family, which makes them more rewarding! 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

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    Kim Griffin 7/30/2021 6:17 AM
    This challenge was somewhat easy for me to do because I watched my spending habits and also pre-packed snacks for my kids in reusable containers to eliminate using plastic and/or avoid single use plastics. This changed my travel experience for my kids because they did not have to ask to buy too much food or snacks since we had them packed already.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets All Natural Pet Toys
    In what ways is supplying your pet with all natural pet toys better for your pet, better for you, and better for the environment?

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    Kim Griffin 7/29/2021 9:04 AM
    Eco-friendly dog toys and accessories come in the same variety of shapes and sizes as their less environmentally friendly counterparts. Some of the materials they are made with are produced in ways that are better for the natural environment, like hemp and organic cotton. Others, like recycled cotton and recycled poly fill, keep discarded materials from ending up in our landfills. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Choose to Refill at a Zero Waste Store
    How was your experience purchasing products at a zero waste store. Do you think this is sustainable/ideal way to shop in the future?

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    Kim Griffin 7/29/2021 9:01 AM
    Shopping at a zero waste store is eye opening and makes you think about different options to shop for less single use plastic items and how to package your items. Instead of using plastic I can opt for metal, paper, or glass. When shopping for produce, I use my own reusable container/bag. I think with the right mindset, this could be a sustainable/ideal way to shop in the future!

  • 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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    Kim Griffin 7/29/2021 8:56 AM
    If I switched to a contact brand with a longer life span the impact would save me some money, and I would be able to reuse them if I no longer opted for daily disposable contact lenses. Monthly contact lenses are long-lasting and more durable. Annual disposable contact lenses designed for longer time usage. These contact lenses provide extremely clear vision and comfort. The lenses, apart from being sturdy, are also convenient to use. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

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    Kim Griffin 7/29/2021 8:50 AM
    The economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options is that they tend to use less water and keep the product lasting longer. You will also cut down on plastic usage and they are also great for traveling! 

  • 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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    Kim Griffin 7/29/2021 8:47 AM
    Natural fibers are good for you and good for the environment. Cotton, wool, silk and other plant and animal fibers are comfortable to wear. They are a sustainable resource, as they are renewable, biodegradable and carbon neutral and they can be used without depleting or damaging the environment.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Kim Griffin 7/29/2021 8:45 AM
    There are several ways we can think outside the box when it comes to disposables. We can bring our own bag(s) when shopping at grocery and retail stores, stop buying bottled water, use our own thermos when purchasing coffee at coffee shops. More options to think outside the box when it comes to disposables is choosing to say no to straws when at restaurants and bringing our own reusable straw, and also choosing cloth diapers instead of the store bought diapers. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

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    Kim Griffin 7/29/2021 8:40 AM
    I think produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging because it's cost effective. Plastic saves money over alternatives when it comes to shipping and transportation costs. It saves both in the cost to get products to consumers and in the cost to get post-consumer materials to recycling centers.