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Debbie Milligan

Dallas Zoo and Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,787 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    45
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    64
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    65
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    192
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    97
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    149
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    3
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    50
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Debbie's Actions

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 20 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

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 6 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for plastic reduction policies that are better for both the planet and people.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 2 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 10 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 20 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Thoughtful Toys

I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Make the Change to Cloth Diapers

I will replace single use diapers with reusable cloth diapers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Use Reusable Baby Wipes

I will make better choices for the environment and my baby's bum by using reusable baby wipes most or all of the time.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 15 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 15 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 2 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

DIY Cat Litter

I will swap out my cat's litter for sawdust, mulch, or dirt with baking soda.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 2 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • 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?

    Debbie Milligan's avatar
    Debbie Milligan 7/31/2021 2:52 PM
    Mostly those areas affected are lower income areas.  Unfortunately this doesn't count for all of the dump sites that people put in those areas as well.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

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    Debbie Milligan 7/31/2021 2:48 PM
    I get to play with what scents I like and can also pick different bases.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Debbie Milligan 7/31/2021 2:48 PM
    I decide what goes or does not go on it and the bees/butterflies love it.

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    Debbie Milligan 7/31/2021 2:46 PM
    Last day.  See you all next year!

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    Debbie Milligan 7/30/2021 8:01 PM
    Sonic won't fill my reusable cup >.<

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    Debbie Milligan 7/30/2021 8:00 PM
    AMC got out of plastic cups!  Hopefully they keep this up.

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    Debbie Milligan 7/30/2021 7:59 PM
    BBC is great!  https://www.bbcearth.com/news/5-unexpected-solutions-to-the-plastic-crisis

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    Debbie Milligan 7/29/2021 1:22 PM
    Two day left!  Continue to use less plastic :)

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    Debbie Milligan 7/28/2021 7:36 AM
    Nothing groundbreaking.  It's hot, drink water and make sure to use a reuseable bottle.

    • Tricia Jones's avatar
      Tricia Jones 7/29/2021 7:28 AM
      Debbie - I just wanted to reach out and introduce myself - I work at Comerica Bank downtown and volunteer for our corporate Green Team and Sustainability groups.  Always good to have connections in the community - especially if there are opportunities to do joint presentations/projects.  Feel free to contact me anytime at 682-284-5813 - mobile or  tjones@comerica.com.  Congrats on the Eco-Challenge!  - Tricia Jones

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    Debbie Milligan 7/27/2021 7:26 AM
    I wonder if Sonic will let me use my own cup?