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Sonya Kougasian

ECOS

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 695 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    34
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    4
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    17
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Sonya's Actions

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

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.

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Family

Discover Together

I will spend 30 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

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Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

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

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Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

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Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 15 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

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

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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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 14
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.

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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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit - including recyclables and compost - to understand how much waste I create and where I can reduce the most.

Uncompleted
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.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Avoid plastic shopping bags

I will use my reusable shopping bags.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    Sonya Kougasian's avatar
    Sonya Kougasian 7/26/2021 8:15 AM
    I'm usually pretty good about remembering to bring my own reusable bags, but sometimes I either forget them or underestimate the amount I will need and end up needing to use plastic bags. It is encouraging to see some stores switching entirely to paper bags, although reusable totes are still the better option. 

  • Sonya Kougasian's avatar
    Sonya Kougasian 6/17/2021 12:47 PM
    I think my biggest challenge will be to reduce the amount of plastic I use when it comes to food. 

    • Manuel Carrillo's avatar
      Manuel Carrillo 6/18/2021 6:15 AM
      I think this is going to be a major chanllenge for alot of people. The prevelance of plastic food packaging, convenience, a population engrossed in work demands and time constrains makes it that much harder.  

  • Sonya Kougasian's avatar
    Sonya Kougasian 6/16/2021 6:12 AM
    Today, June 16th, 2021, is World Sea Turtle Day! We can protect sea turtles and other ocean life by eliminating or reducing our use of single-use plastics.

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    Sonya Kougasian 6/15/2021 4:03 AM
    As I was going about my day yesterday, I realized how difficult this challenge will be. Plastic is literally everywhere!

  • Sonya Kougasian's avatar
    Sonya Kougasian 6/14/2021 6:20 AM
    Excited to get started with this new EcoChallenge!