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Tapangia Richardson

Oklahoma City Zoo

""I don't want to protect the environment, I want to create a world where we don't have to worry about protecting the environment ""

Points Total

  • 44 Today
  • 174 This Week
  • 1,705 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    173
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    617
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    155
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    170
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    174
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    307
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    55
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Tapangia's Actions

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Family

Provide the Alternatives

I will provide daily plastic free alternatives (straws, water bottles, cuttlery, bar soap, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.) for my family to use.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

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

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

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 5 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 25 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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

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

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 6 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 31
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

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 30 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging, making sure to wash them well before using them.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Tapangia Richardson 7/31/2021 4:45 PM
    SustainableJungle.com is an amazing website to look for makeup that is both good for your skin, and good for the environment by not packaging their products in plastics as well as removing harsh chemicals that a lot of make up brands include that harm your skin and are not the best for the earth. 

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    Tapangia Richardson 7/31/2021 4:38 PM
    I have completed the challenge of going plastic free and trying to eliminate my use of single use plastics for the month of July. However I am not going to stop trying to look for ways to decrease my family and I's use of single use plastics even if this challenge is over.

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    Tapangia Richardson 7/31/2021 4:31 PM
    One way, women specifically, create a lot of waste from single use plastic is from the feminine products used while one is on their period. Tampons come in a plastic tube to help for application, and pads usually come wrapped in plastic, and then there's anywhere from 10-40 pads packaged in plastic. How can we reduce the amount of plastic specifically from feminine products is by transitioning to something that is reusable like a menstrual/diva cup, period panties, or washable cotton pads.

         One company that is working hard to eliminate single use plastics from feminine products is Tampon Tribe, this company has made an extreme effort to create socially and environmentally responsible disposable menstrual products. This international team of women is dedicated to stopping the use of single-use plastic where it is not needed and now sell tampons that are 100% plastic-free, toxin-free, hypoallergenic, chemical-free, and GOTS certified organic cotton. Furthermore, for every month of lady supplies purchased, they donate a day pack of products to homeless women

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    Tapangia Richardson 7/27/2021 8:43 AM
    Did you know that women with curly hair are more likely to spend twice as much for hair care products? Over a three month period, a study found that curly-haired women spend an average of $82, while women with calmer and straighter hair spend an average of $40. I have been trying to find a good product that is both eco friendly and healthy for my curls. It has been hard, a lot of companies that say their products are good for curls are not and they can actually hurt the definition of your curls by what they are made from like Propylene Glycol and sulfates (this is what makes your shampoo and conditioner bubble or form suds when mixed with water). I have found one that works really well, but it is 30$ for the first bottle unless you choose a subscription and then it is lowered down to 27$ for what ever plan you choose. The company is Plaine Products, and their products come in an aluminum bottle, which is 100% recycled, and when the bottle gets low, order a new one or redeem your subscription and they will send you a new one and you send them the empty bottle back. They have saved almost 300,000 plastic bottles from being in our oceans or 'recycled'. 
    https://www.plaineproducts.com/product/shampoo/ref/ariana/ 

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    Tapangia Richardson 7/23/2021 9:15 PM
    I have learned quite a few things from this challenge about how my family and I can reduce our plastic use, and when actually spending time picking up litter, I realize how much of it there is, which is a lot more than you would think. 

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    Tapangia Richardson 7/23/2021 9:13 PM
    Can't believe there's only a week and a half left of this challenge! 

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    Tapangia Richardson 7/18/2021 4:59 AM
    I never realized how beneficial having a bar of shampoo/conditioner/soap is until I started participating in this challenge!

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    Tapangia Richardson 7/16/2021 9:59 PM
    We're only half way through this plastic free July challenge and already I have learned quite a few ways to lower my personal use and my family's use of single use plastics, like plastic bags, water bottles, grocery bags at the store, and shampoo/conditioner/soap bottles!
  • 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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    Tapangia Richardson 7/12/2021 4:46 PM
    Some economic benefits from switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner, is there is absolutely no plastic involved with these so no waste. Some personal benefits from doing this is they bars are very concentrated so you will use less and save more money. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Thrifty Pets
    How does buying used differ from buying new? How does each purchasing decision make you feel?

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    Tapangia Richardson 7/11/2021 4:23 AM
    Buying used is cheaper than buying new. On something's it helps me save money and feel good about myself, other days i would rather have new