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Emily May

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

"Every small action leads to a bigger, cleaner world!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,072 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    35
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    42
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    28
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    84
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill

Emily's Actions

Community

Estimate My 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 Action

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 1 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

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.

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 29
DAILY 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

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

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

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  • Emily May's avatar
    Emily May 7/24/2020 8:30 AM
    I have been searching for a new pair of sunglasses all summer and I finally broke down and bought these sunglasses from Pela! The same company that makes biodegradable phone cases also make biodegradable sunglasses! They are a little pricey, but totally my style. I hope they can stand up to frequent, daily wear. 

    • Alison  Edwards's avatar
      Alison Edwards 7/29/2020 2:39 PM
      I tried to reach out to some companies with known sustainable practices (stasher bags and Patagonia) and other environmental organizations this year but never heard back from any. For next year's challenge I would love to have a list of groups we all come up with like Pela, compiled in hopes that we can have groups who ' walk the walk' participate  too. 

    • Alison  Edwards's avatar
      Alison Edwards 7/29/2020 2:33 PM
      I received one of their phone cases as a gift! Its awesome. 

    • joy kotheimer's avatar
      joy kotheimer 7/25/2020 6:50 PM
      Omg me toooooo! I got the green ones 😎

  • Emily May's avatar
    Emily May 7/08/2020 2:59 PM
    Having trouble remembering to log everyday?  Save the app to your phone!  For instructions, go to the Plastic Free EcoChallenge homepage, find the 'about' tab, and go to resources.  When you scroll to the bottom, you will find info on how to add the app to your phone, making it so much easier to remember to log everyday, that's the secret to my success ;)

    • Maureen C.'s avatar
      Maureen C. 7/11/2020 9:46 AM
      Oh, good! I was going to add a daily Task to my phone, but this is direct--thanks! 

    • Alison  Edwards's avatar
      Alison Edwards 7/08/2020 6:55 PM
      Brilliant! I am on the website regularly but still have an alarm set on my phone as a reminder to log my activities. 

  • Emily May's avatar
    Emily May 7/01/2020 11:23 AM
    It's peach season! A great snack and no need for a plastic bag.  Just wash and go!