July 1 - July 31, 2020

Sophia Paul

Deloitte Green Dot

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,049 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    470
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    25
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    4
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Sophia's Actions

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make 7 of my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn About Environmental and Climate Justice

A great place to start is one of the documentaries listed in the links below (click LEARN MORE) - they shed light on issues that we face in the US and globally.

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

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

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 60 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

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 12
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

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

COMPLETED 18
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

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors. Why not try using hair conditioner instead of shaving foam for that baby smooth feel?

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Sophia Paul 7/30/2020 2:20 PM
    Thank you all for your participation throughout this challenge! I hope everyone learned something new and most of all, I hope you carry your new habits forward :) 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    Single use plastics have become normalized in our society to the point that most people don't see them as a problem. What would you say to a friend, colleague, or family member who may not understand why these disposables are an issue?

    Sophia Paul 7/28/2020 8:57 AM
    I've run into this so much more recently as many places are prohibiting reusable bags due to COVID. I've talked with the managers of my local farmers to advocate for non-plastic options if they are unable to allow reusable bags and highlighted that package free, fresher food is many people's primary reason for shopping at these markets.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

    Sophia Paul 7/28/2020 8:53 AM
    I made some cleaner using water, vinegar, and leftover lemon peel from cooking. It smells great, cleans well, and is extending the life of an old plastic spray bottle that was already in my home! Going forward I plan to continue using the bottles I already have and making my own or using water soluble tabs. 

    • Summer Greenfield 7/31/2020 1:48 PM
      This!!!!! A thousand times, this!!! I think at-home cleaning products are so wonderful. Now everyone in my life questions why I seem to buy apocalyptic amounts of vinegar and baking soda, haha. My favorite scent creation thus far = bergamot, tangerine with a little vanilla! 

  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

    Sophia Paul 7/20/2020 2:43 PM
    I planted my garden at the beginning of this challenge, and watching it grow is bringing me so much joy! I'm loving the fresh food already and can't wait to watch my pumpkins grow in the upcoming months.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

    Sophia Paul 7/06/2020 12:57 PM
    This was really eye opening! Though I consume less plastic than many Americans, I’ve (guiltily) watched the plastic pile up from groceries and too many IKEA trips while renovating a home and will be making some more changes. 

    • Summer Greenfield 7/31/2020 1:59 PM
      I completely relate. Doing home renovations and remaining conscious of overconsumption and plastic pollution is EXTREMELY hard to do. I slowly moved away from (and am still working on this) the "fast" solutions to sticking with salvage shops and sustainable options. Which, in the end turn out with more character :) 

  • Sophia Paul 6/29/2020 6:43 AM
    Got started a little early and planted a little pollinator habitat in my garden... and I woke up this morning to a gorgeous monarch butterfly just a day after planting!

  • Sophia Paul 6/24/2020 6:45 AM
    I'm so excited to get started on this EcoChallenge! Making changes together is a great way to celebrate the impact our actions are having while continuing to learn about how far there is to go.