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Mary Beth Sills

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

"Empowering People. Saving Wildlife."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 215 THIS WEEK
  • 1,495 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    25
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • UP TO
    25
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    20
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    65
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    35
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    70
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    25
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • UP TO
    1
    waste audit
    conducted

Mary Beth's actions

Community

Write Letters, Emails or Sign Petitions

I will write or sign 1 letters, emails or petitions per day to advocate for plastic-free or planet-friendly policies.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Skip Plastic Bags

Whenever possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags. I will either use my own reusable bags, or keep my items loose.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Bedroom

Eco Detergent

Ditch the plastic jugs, artificial dyes, and harmful ingredients! When it's time to replace my current laundry detergent, I will switch to a natural laundry detergent that is packaged in glass or aluminum, or an alternative like soap nuts.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Meatless Meals

There are many benefits to enjoying meatless meals - including reducing our plastic footprint. Most meats and dairy products are packaged in plastic, so this month, I will reduce my animal product consumption and enjoy 1 vegetarian or vegan meals each day.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Smart Seafood

Each year, approximately 2% of all fishing gear used globally is lost to the sea, becoming "ghost gear" and continuing to impact marine animals. This month, I will reduce my seafood consumption and enjoy 1 vegetarian or vegan meals each day.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Advocate for Office Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Advocate For Better Food Packaging

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Share My Actions

One of the best ways we can create change in our communities is simply by talking about it! This month, I will make my environmental actions visible by sharing about them on my social media networks and the Plastic Free Ecochallenge participant feed.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

Don't forget to celebrate the good! This month, I will give shout-outs on social media, my office's internal communication channels, or the Participant Feed to a local company, coworker, friend, or family member for their sustainable efforts.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Bathroom

Bidet All Day

The average American uses about 141 rolls of toilet paper each year, most of which is wrapped in plastic film. To cut down on my toilet paper usage, I will install a bidet in my bathroom.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 25 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 5 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Better Highlighters

Instead of buying new plastic highlighters, I will simply use colored pencils instead for all of my highlighting needs.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Study

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit of my trash and recycling to understand how much waste I create and create a plan for where I can reduce the most.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden using as little plastic as possible and to save from the plastic used buying herbs and veggies.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Start Composting

Composting isn't just good for soil! Composting your food scraps and other organic materials decreases your overall trash output, so you don't have to take the trash out as often and extend the life of your trash bags (i.e. use less plastic!). This month, I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school and avoid sending 1 pounds of food waste to landfill each day.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Get Scrappy

Get creative in the kitchen (or the garden)! Before tossing food scraps, I'll explore other ways to utilize the scraps and give them another life.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


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    Mary Beth Sills 7/19/2024 9:21 AM
    My mom is now saving her bread bags, paper towel plastic, etc and giving it to me to recycle.

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    Mary Beth Sills 7/16/2024 11:44 AM
    Went to the store Sunday and didn't take one single plastic bag! For the single-use products I did purchase, I made sure they were able to be recycled.

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bedroom Eco Detergent
    Was this an easy or difficult swap for you to make? Did you have any concerns before making the swap?

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    Mary Beth Sills 7/16/2024 11:43 AM
    Hard and honestly found the eco to be less effective.

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      Mary Beth Sills 7/19/2024 9:23 AM
      Thank you I will give it a try! Especially since there is a lavender scent!


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      Krystina Jarvis 7/19/2024 7:51 AM
      Ahhh yes Cleancult... I haven't heard great things about their products and they definitely advertise their packaging to be more sustainable than it actually is :/ (I actually wrote a blog post on my website about it a couple of years ago if you're interested.)

      Personally I use this one and have for the last 6ish years and love it. (In transparency, this is my small biz, but I do actually use and love it! I realized the other day I've actually used it personally in 6 different washing machines and it worked great in every one of them lol)

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      Mary Beth Sills 7/17/2024 5:22 AM
      I found it at Walmart, Cleancult. I went with the lavender scent, but just didn't feel like my sheets and blankets were as clean. Even my work pants didn't feel as clean. If you have a recommendation I am willing to give it another go!


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      Krystina Jarvis 7/16/2024 8:37 PM
      Oh no! May I ask which type you went with for this challenge?
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Skip Plastic Bags
    It can be easy to forget to bring your reusable bags to the store with you - especially if you're going somewhere besides the grocery store. What are your favorite ways to remember your reusable bags?

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    Mary Beth Sills 7/16/2024 11:42 AM
    I have several, so keep some in the car and some in the house.
    I also have one in my purse, that compacts down for easy storage.

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study Better Highlighters
    What did you think of this action? Is this something you think you can turn into a long-term habit to avoid plastic highlighters?

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    Mary Beth Sills 7/13/2024 11:23 AM
    I don't use plastic highlighters that often so I would give it a try! It might be a simple one to fix!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Give Some Green Gratitude
    There are many pros and cons to social media use in today's society. How can you mindfully use social media as a tool for connection and sharing your values with your community?

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    Mary Beth Sills 7/13/2024 11:22 AM
    Just sharing how impactful it has felt to make a difference in my own home.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Advocate For Better Food Packaging
    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?

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    Mary Beth Sills 7/11/2024 1:57 PM
    That we can use them sparingly and recycle when we do, but our ancestors didn't use them and we should think ahead to the same.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen 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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    Mary Beth Sills 7/10/2024 11:24 AM
    Easier access to fresh produce!! I can grow what I like and share with friends and relatives! I have gardened ever since I was young and enjoy it!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bathroom Bidet All Day
    There are many benefits to using a bidet, including health, environmental, and economic benefits. Which of these benefits was most influential for you in making the switch to a bidet, and what has your experience been like since?

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    Mary Beth Sills 7/10/2024 11:24 AM
    Health! I find it to be very beneficial!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Get Scrappy
    How difficult was this action for you? Is this something you'll be continuing after this challenge ends?

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    Mary Beth Sills 7/10/2024 11:23 AM
    It was not as bad as I thought it would be!
    I will be keep trying, not sure if I will continue, I will have to see how it goes the rest of the month but I am willing!