July 1 - July 31, 2019

Debbie Milligan

Dallas Zoo and Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

"RUM!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 800 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    50
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    26
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    150
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

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

COMPLETED 25
DAILY CHALLENGES

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Pets

Pet Waste

I will spend 20 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Community

Host a House Party

I will host a house party with friends and/or colleagues to watch a movie or present a guest speaker on plastics.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 25
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 25
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 25
DAILY CHALLENGES

Pets

DIY Cat Litter

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Shop the Bulk Bins

I will purchase dry goods from the bulk section of my grocery store, and use my own containers to do so.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed


  • Debbie Milligan 7/31/2019 11:33 AM
    And another Plastic Free July is done!  See you next year.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Thoughtful Toys
    Does your child play differently with natural or repurposed toys than with other toys? If so, how?

    Debbie Milligan 7/31/2019 11:32 AM
    I don't have a kid, but when I purchase for gifts I try to find items that are natural colored and made of natural products.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

    Debbie Milligan 7/31/2019 11:31 AM
    I actually don't use a lot of single use plastics.  I try to buy in bulk or items that come in paper bags/boxes.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

    Debbie Milligan 7/31/2019 11:30 AM
    I checked with my local Sprouts to see if I can take my jars in so I don't have to use disposible bags.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

    Debbie Milligan 7/31/2019 11:29 AM
    I like finding what kind of cleaners I can make so I don't have to use bleach.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pretty oh so Pretty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

    Debbie Milligan 7/31/2019 11:27 AM
    Leading by example.  Take your reuseable bags with you whenever you shop.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

    Debbie Milligan 7/28/2019 7:49 AM
    I notice it flying all over our streets, is what I notice.  People are less likely to let something they have purchased fly away.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Start Composting
    Do an inventory of how much food waste you would save from going to the landfill if you start composting all of the time. What are the added benefits of having compost that is readily accessible?

    Debbie Milligan 7/28/2019 7:48 AM
    I have healthier nutrients to add to my plants that benefit my soil.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Shop the Bulk Bins
    How has buying bulk impacted the quality of the food you receive? Why do you think Western society relies more on prepackaged foods rather than buying in bulk?

    Debbie Milligan 7/28/2019 7:47 AM
    Prepackaged in convenient, period.  I enjoy buying bulk because it drops food waste and I can store it in glass containers which is healthier for me.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using resusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable cutlery, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

    Debbie Milligan 7/28/2019 7:46 AM
    I bring my bamboo cutlery to my part time job, where I bring a packed lunch, and have had people ask about it and where they could get their own.   I view that as a positive.