July 1 - July 31, 2020

Sahara Strothers

Community Team

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 690 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    10
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    donations
    made
  • up to
    333
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    7
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    13
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Sahara's Actions

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 20 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 90 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

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 7
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

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 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Donate Zero Waste Period Products

I will donate 1 zero waste period kits to young people with periods so that they can reduce their waste and the financial burden of menstruation while continuing their education.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Share My Actions

I will post to my social media networks about how reducing our plastic use is important for both environmental justice and conservation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Sahara Strothers 8/01/2020 12:00 AM
    I'm happy I participated in this year's Plastic Free Ecochallenge! It was my first time and I'm happy with the actions I chose to commit to. I definitely want to keep up the daily actions, and can't wait to be a part of this supportive community again! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

    Sahara Strothers 7/30/2020 11:26 PM
    I noticed the other morning when I was watering my tomato plants, some birds (Dark-eyed Junco) had flew down as I was fetching more water. They flew off when I approached, but I think they came down to either drink the droplets from the leaves, or try and find bugs along the damp ground. That moment further inspires me to want to plant more, especially plants that encourage native wildlife. 

  • Sahara Strothers 7/18/2020 9:07 PM
    One of my 'Food' actions is "Make your Own", so today I baked mini-fruit croissants with some wild blackberries I harvested. Had some wild mint leaves as a fresh garnish, too! I'm happy I got to share them with my family! In practicing this action when I can, I do notice how much plastic there is. For instance, the spices I use - it's either in a plastic container, or in a glass bottle with a plastic cap. At least it's helping me be more aware of the issue of plastic and what I can do to try and remove some of the plastic from my pantry. 

  • Sahara Strothers 7/16/2020 10:49 PM
    I've really been enjoying Plastic Free Ecochallenge so far! It's my first Ecochallenge and my favorite action has been supporting a Sharing Economy. On Monday I got to pick up some litter off of a beach and a family member joined me, so together we picked up two whole bags of trash! While picking up the litter out of the sand, I found A LOT of micro-trash, mostly plastic. I wished I had a sand sifter to help pick up the micro-plastic. Next time I'll bring one so I can get more of those tiny pieces off the beach too!
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  • Reflection Question
    Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel?

    Sahara Strothers 7/13/2020 11:42 PM
    Visited the beach today and did an hour of picking up litter. My Grandmother in-law decided to join me with cleaning up the beach some. It was calm and plenty of room to social distance - hardly any people there, but still had our masks, too. I felt better with my Grandmother in-law choosing to join me because she probably wouldn't have done it if I hadn't brought the gear and hadn't started picking up trash out of the sand. And together we got two bags worth of trash off the beach! It was also nice to chat about the litter we were seeing, and to know that I wasn't the only one feeling the impact of litter and micro-trash. We felt super accomplished today! I hope to encourage my brother to help me pick up litter around my neighborhood before the end of this month! 

  • Sahara Strothers 7/01/2020 7:43 PM
    I'm happy to start Day 1 of Plastic Free Ecochallenge with completing the "Sharing Economy" action! Today I rode my bike around my neighborhood and stopped by a Free Little Library to donate a book. I even discovered a park along my journey! I love riding my bike and I'm enjoying finding and sharing books for Free Little Libraries throughout my community. Looking forward to working on this action throughout the month! 

  • Sahara Strothers 6/28/2020 4:38 PM
    I'm excited to do Plastic Free Ecochallenge! Can't wait to share what I learn with family and friends.