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Cynthia McKenna

WashU Plastic Free

"Learn to do better and make new habits."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 541 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2.0
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    63
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    24
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    10
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    393
    minutes
    spent learning

Cynthia's Actions

Community

Lunch & Learn: Zero Waste Living (WUSM 7/28)

If you’re looking for ideas on how to begin or continue the journey of a zero waste lifestyle, join the Office of Sustainability for one of our BYOB virtual Lunch & Learns on zero waste living! As part of the Plastic Free July Ecochallenge, we will be giving our own tips, tricks, and recommendations for favorite zero waste items and habits, and hoping to hear about yours as well!

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Lunch & Learn: Zero Waste Living (Danforth)

If you’re looking for ideas on how to begin or continue the journey of a zero waste lifestyle, join the Office of Sustainability for one of our BYOB virtual Lunch & Learns on zero waste living! As part of the Plastic Free July Ecochallenge, we will be giving our own tips, tricks, and recommendations for favorite zero waste items and habits, and hoping to hear about yours as well!

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Yogurt Making Demonstration

Take a lunch break with us on Thursday, July 15th, from 12-1pm as our super-talented Assistant Director of Sustainability, Cassie Hage, walks us through the process of making yogurt at home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

WashU's Plastic Use Townhall

Come to this virtual townhall to discuss WashU's plastic usage and how we can use university resources to systematically reduce that.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Community

Make Your Own Tote

To kick off Plastic Free July, join us outside Schnuck Pavilion on Danforth Campus anytime between 4:30 and 6 pm to upcycle an old t-shirt into a tote bag! This is also a great opportunity to socialize as well as learn more about the Plastic-Free Ecochallenge.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Join the WUSM Virtual Discussion!

The sustainability team at the Med school is hosting a virtual discussion on the life cycle of plastic on Wednesday, June 30th, from 12PM-1PM. This is a great opportunity to learn more about plastic as well as how to participate in this Ecochallenge!

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 10 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 15 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Say No to Styrofoam

Throughout its life cycle, polystyrene (styrofoam) can harm people, communities, and the planet. I will refuse styrofoam whenever I can, making sure to kindly let people know why I'm asking for alternative packaging.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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