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Carissa Sipp

Reid Park Zoo

"Keep doing good things even when no one is watching"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 180 THIS WEEK
  • 1,665 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    25
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    1
    community event
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    1
    documentary
    watched
  • UP TO
    32
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    294
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    2,255
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    35
    pounds of paper
    have been saved
  • UP TO
    30
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    1
    waste audit
    conducted

Carissa 's actions

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 60 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

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Community

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 60 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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Community

Host a Watch Party

I will host a watch party with friends and/or colleagues to watch and discuss a movie about plastics.

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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.

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Study

Print in Draft Mode

To extend the life of my ink cartridges, I will set my printer default to draft mode to use less ink or toner per print job.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Investigate Oil Subsidies

Our tax dollars are subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, making the cost of plastics artificially low and encouraging further plastics production. I will spend 30 minutes learning about oil subsidies and how I can advocate for their elimination.

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Study

Borrowed Books

The average paperback book has the same carbon footprint of driving about 7 miles (11 km) in an average car. Instead of purchasing new books this month, I will borrow books, e-books, and/or audiobooks from my local library or library-affiliated apps, or host a book swap with my friends.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Study

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 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Go For a Walk

Science has shown that focused time in nature calms our over-worked frontal lobe and gives space for the areas of our brain associated with emotions, pleasure, and empathy to take over, providing a sense of calm that is measurable in brain scans and even blood tests. Each day this month, I will spend 60 minutes outside in nature, and share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the Participant Feed.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Family + 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

Study

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 30 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.

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Study

Greenwashing Pro

Greenwashing can fool even the most experienced eco-advocate. This month, I will spend 30 minutes learning what greenwashing is, how to spot it, and what I can do about it.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Plastic History Buff

Single-use plastics are everywhere, but that wasn't always the case. I will spend at least 5 minutes learning about the history of single-use plastics and how it became ubiquitous in our daily lives.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Learn about 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.

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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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Study

Recycle My Tech

There's value in our old electronics! This month, I will properly recycle any old laptops, tablets, cell phones, or other electronics I have lying around so the raw materials can be reused and reduce demand for virgin materials - thereby also protecting critical wildlife habitat for animals such as gorillas and forest elephants.

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Study

Divest and Reinvest

Does your savings account, retirement account, or investment account support the fossil fuel (and plastics) industry? This month, I will spend 5 minutes investigating where my investments (and where my bank's investments) are going, divest from the fossil fuel industry, and reinvest in ways that are more in alignment with my values.

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Study

Numbers Everywhere

The numbers #1-7 on plastics tell us a lot - and can help us be better recyclers. I will learn what these numbers mean and which types of plastics are accepted for recycling in my area.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Follow the Chasing Arrows

The chasing arrows symbol we associate with recycling doesn't always actually mean something is recyclable. I will spend at least 15 minutes learning the different meanings the symbol can have.

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Study

Estimate Your Ecological Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint, and from the results brainstorm and take action on ways I can reduce my annual footprint.

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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.

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Study

Buy Only What I Need

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

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DAILY ACTIONS

Bedroom

Take the pre-survey!

Help us make the Plastic Free Ecochallenge the best it can be! Take the challenge pre-survey (and look out for the post-survey at the end of the challenge!) so we can better understand the impact the challenge has and how we can improve in the future. Plus, you'll earn points for completing it! Thank you!

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Bedroom

Embrace Imperfection

Eliminating 100% of all plastic from our lives simply isn't possible. Throughout this month, I will embrace imperfection in my plastic-free journey while exploring and testing new ways to reduce my plastic footprint.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Bathroom

Green Beauty

Globally, packaging manufacturers make about $25 billion each year on plastic beauty and personal care packaging. That's a whole lot of plastic - nearly all of which ends up in landfills. When it's time to buy more, I will replace my beauty products with refillable, sustainable, and/or DIY options.

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Bathroom

That Was a Close Shave

Who says we need 5 blades and a ribbon of shaving cream on every $5 razor blade cartridge, when a single blade causes less irritation and costs 92% less? This month, I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

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Bathroom

Pearly Whites

Nearly all toothpaste tubes are made from multiple layers of different types of plastic and aluminum, making them impossible to recycle and destined for landfill. When it's time to replace my current toothpaste, I will replace it with a plastic-free option.

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Bathroom

A Sustainable Flow

Pads and tampons are typically made with plastics, and about 41 million pounds of menstrual products end up in landfills every year. This month, I will make the switch to sustainable, reusable period products.

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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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Bathroom

Plastic Free TP

Most toilet paper is wrapped in plastic #4, or low-density polyethylene - a thin plastic film that cannot be recycled back into more plastic film. To avoid this plastic wrapping, I will purchase toilet paper wrapped in paper instead, or use a reusable toilet paper option.

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Bedroom

Mend and Repair

We've all got it - that thing in the back of our closet we keep saying we'll fix "one day." I will make today that day by learning how to mend or repair ripped or broken items in my home - or by finding a local offering to do it for me.

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Bedroom

Use What You Have

The only thing worse than a single-use item is a zero-use item! I will use (and use up) what I already have in my home before buying something new.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Bedroom

Proper Clothing Care

All those symbols on our clothes, sheets, and towels actually have meanings! To ensure that I'm caring for my clothes properly, I will spend 15 minutes learning what the care symbols mean and laundry best practices to make all of my textiles last as long as possible.

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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?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Learn about Environmental Justice
    What did you and your family learn about environmental justice? What questions came up for you? What feelings?

    Carissa  Sipp 's avatar
    Carissa Sipp 7/19/2024 12:57 AM
    Environmental justice will be the hardest tasks we tackle. For years this has been enabled and almost expected: the poorest communities and communities of color with not other get the short end of the stick but they are also facing steeper challenges and hills to climb if and when they work to change the status quo.
  • 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?

    Carissa  Sipp 's avatar
    Carissa Sipp 7/19/2024 12:55 AM
    Environmental and economic benefits made the change happen for us…it has been interesting in the change and some folks in the family are more enthusiastic that others about it.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bathroom Plastic Free TP
    Inquiring minds wanna know... Are you a scruncher or a folder?

    Carissa  Sipp 's avatar
    Carissa Sipp 7/19/2024 12:48 AM
    Who knew how much even the little things like TP can change your footprint.

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    Carissa Sipp 7/19/2024 12:47 AM
    Walking in the morning is such a wonderful recharge to the day!

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    Carissa Sipp 7/19/2024 12:46 AM
    As always, being outside is its own reward.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study Recycle My Tech
    Besides reusing materials, what are some other environmental, societal, and economical benefits of recycling our old electronics?

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    Carissa Sipp 7/19/2024 12:45 AM
    Heavy metals and rare earth minerals are used in electrical equipment. The supply chain of this equipment is horrendous on the environment and the waste bleeds into the groundwater if just thrown away. Recycling and proper disposal (and only buying what you need and repairing what you can) is the most beneficial for water, air pollution regulation

    • Jennifer Stoddard's avatar
      Jennifer Stoddard 7/19/2024 9:13 AM
      This action also helps Chilean flamingos- as the lithium in the batteries is mined near their habitats in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study Investigate Oil Subsidies
    Did anything you learned surprise you about plastics, fossil fuels, and oil subsidies? If we eliminate oil subsidies, what are some externalities we, our communities, and our society may face as a result? What's one way you'll advocate for social justice alongside these necessary environmental protections?

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    Carissa Sipp 7/19/2024 12:42 AM
    Oil subsidies are a billion dollar industry- profits skyrocket and yet the tax payer still foots the bill to boost this industry. The insanity of it all: oil subsidies will lead to long term pollution and environmental degradation that ultimately will kill us one way or another. Learning more is both enlightening and enraging.

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    Carissa Sipp 7/19/2024 12:40 AM
    What a beautiful morning to get out and walk!

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    Carissa Sipp 7/12/2024 8:57 PM
    Plastics are everywhere, all over. Too often we forget it is all the little things that matter. And sometimes it feels overwhelming. Our actions and our influence matter. Let’s keep going on this challenge and beyond!

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    Carissa Sipp 7/12/2024 8:53 PM
    Walks are the best part of the day