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James Jeon

ECOS

"To make the waste and recycling system at ECOS and within my community more efficient and made aware of! "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,186 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    25
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    20
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    15
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    9
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

James's 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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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 20 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

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

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

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

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 5
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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 3 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 9
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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging, making sure to wash them well before using them.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

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 Toiletries

If traveling, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me in a TSA-approved reusable quart-sized bag.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Avoid plastic shopping bags

I will use my reusable shopping bags.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Family Learn about Environmental Injustice
    What did you and your family learn about environmental justice? What questions came up for you? What feelings?

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    James Jeon 7/31/2021 5:00 AM
    In L.A. a city where the sun shines almost everyday in the year, shade is crucial! Thankfully trees does that well but trees are almost non existent in poorer neighborhoods in the city while more prevalent in richer neighborhoods. Thankfully, there are nonprofit organizations and the current government addressing this issue. Even though the future looks shadier, it's upsets the stomach to look back at history and about the government's lack of support towards poorer communities. Those with power only abuse and share it with those along side them. Env. justice can be supported by governments but on the other hand, abandoned and not provided to some. It's important to support legislation and be a community activist to fight for equal protection and support for all communities.

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    James Jeon 7/30/2021 3:09 AM
    I picked up at least a dozen small pieces of plastic near the playground. I thought, why not put up a sign about litter where children can see and learn from. In the end, it's the younger generation that will have to adapt to the environment that's been left to them. Education is the key to a sustainable and cleaner future. 
  • 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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    James Jeon 7/29/2021 10:41 AM
    I am living with two cats at the moment. One way to prevent waste is to make your own toys for pets. Thankfully, cats are easily amused! They'll play with just about anything. It's definitely important to consider pet toys made of natural materials but even better if you can make something up from what you already have! 
  • 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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    James Jeon 7/29/2021 9:57 AM
    There are definitely quite a few items in my house made of these toxins. From my research, most construction plastic pieces are made from PVC. It's hard to avoid that but in the future, I will try to look for other materials that can replace the standard building materials. Regarding polystyrene, that's an easy one to avoid as it's obvious to point out. I can prevent foam use by carrying my reusable container whenever I decide to go out and eat somewhere.

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    James Jeon 7/29/2021 1:30 AM
    I've been much more aware of choosing products with the least amount of plastic packaging. From now on, I will try to do make this a practice of mine. 

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    James Jeon 7/28/2021 3:16 AM
    My Eco Challenge is great. I realize shopping for groceries at a Farmers Market is a great way to reduce one's plastic use. Just make sure to bring your own mesh/reusable bags. I also found out that I can refill my milk container from the dairy vendor! And I can buy my cheese without plastic from the cheese vendor. Woohoo!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    James Jeon 7/27/2021 7:47 AM
    I watched, Conservation vs. economy - the marbles quarries of Carrara by DW. From watching both sides of the industry surrounding marble, I can see where the difficulties lie within an environmental conflict. With one side arguing for the economy and the other trying to protect the natural ecosystems, there's a clash behind environmental issues. In the end, it seems to be that the few with power always comes out on top. The documentary ended in a way where it gives hope to fight environmental justice if community members and politicians can come together.

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    James Jeon 7/26/2021 2:18 AM
    Plastic Eco Challenge is going well. This weekend I noticed that my fridge is just full of plastic items! Next time at the Farmer's Market I will ask the meat and cheese vendors if they can use my clean containers to package their items. 

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    James Jeon 7/25/2021 3:37 AM
    I have to watch a plastic documentary, learn more about environmental justice, and buy my partner's cat some eco friendly toys! 
  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    James Jeon 7/25/2021 3:32 AM
    What concerns me the most about affecting the planet is the fact that poorer and most vulnerable countries suffer the most from environmental degradation. It's unlucky how countries with less power suffer from the carbon footprint left from those in richer countries.