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Laura Lynn

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

"To continue current plastic-free practices and develop new ones!"

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 1,647 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    25
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    197
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    20
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    92
    minutes
    spent learning

Laura's Actions

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 10 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

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

Community

Microplastics in work laundry

I will research microplastics in laundry waste water and work to reduce them in the laundry at work. I will suggest switching detergent and purchasing a device to collect plastic particles from the wash cycle.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Laundry Microplastics

I will research microplastics in the laundry waste water and work to reduce or eliminate them in my personal laundry. I will purchase a device to collect plastic particles from the wash cycle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about 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

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 10 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 10 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 10 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 10 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Better Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip Plastic Bags

When possible, I will not use disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Community Research Local Waste Sites
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

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    Laura Lynn 7/31/2022 7:05 PM
    The ejscreen tool linked with this action was very useful.  There is definite overlap of areas with the most pollution/environmental hazards and communities of low income/POC.

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    Laura Lynn 7/31/2022 6:44 PM
    Last day! I will try to continue the habits I started here!

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    Laura Lynn 7/30/2022 7:33 PM
    Talking climate change and plastic impacts with Mom today.  Mostly depressing, but there are always efforts that can help.

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    Laura Lynn 7/29/2022 12:19 PM
    Kelly Hanson a I are neck and neck! I don't think I can keep up, but I'll try!

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    Laura Lynn 7/28/2022 6:21 PM
    Traveling with my Airgami mask!
    It can be cleaned and disinfected at home dozens of times, so less plastic waste with the same N95 protection!

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    Laura Lynn 7/27/2022 9:25 PM
    I will be away from home traveling for the next few days.  It will be a bit more challenging to keep up my plastic-free practices, but I will give it my best effort! 
  • 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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    Laura Lynn 7/26/2022 5:02 PM
    I read somewhere fibers from clothing are one of the most common types of microplastics in waterways.  Natural fibers do not create plastic waste during the production process.  They also do not shed plastic when laundered.

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    Laura Lynn 7/26/2022 4:53 PM
    I can't stand the texture of bamboo toothbrushes!  In the past I used brushes made out of recycled plastic, but I found these recently: Fine Toothbrush | Boie USA.  You can reuse the handle and if you return the heads, the company will recycle them!

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    Laura Lynn 7/26/2022 9:53 AM
    In addition to Fertile Ground as a recycling option, I am also looking into https://recyclops.com/
    They don't list OKC proper as a location they collect from, but they do service surrounding areas.

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    Laura Lynn 7/25/2022 7:21 PM
    My apartment complex does not recycle (an issue in and of itself), so I have to take my recyclables elsewhere.  This is an old photo, but it is like this every time I go to the city recycling drop off east of the zoo!!

    I have tried contacting Waste Management about it a few different times, but they have done nothing to improve things.  No wonder they say most things don't get recycled even if they go in the bin!  It is really discouraging and does not motivate me to continue hauling my recyclables to the site!  I may start driving them to Norman again, as their facility seems to be better managed and doesn't look like a giant trash heap!

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      Laura Lynn 7/26/2022 9:54 AM
      Thanks, Kelly! I'll look into it!

    • Kelly Dillow's avatar
      Kelly Dillow 7/26/2022 5:28 AM
      If you have other people in your apartment interested in recycling you might talk to you apartment about contracting with Fertile Ground, you can also drop off recylables with them for a donation (closer than Norman).