July 1 - July 31, 2020

Sophia Su

WBA EcoChallenge F

"My mission is to try my best to eradicate single-use plastics as following: Stage 1– Plastic cups- use biodegradable paper cups. Stage 2– plastic straws- use biodegradable paper straws. Stage 3– plastic water bottles- use reusable aluminum water flasks."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,284 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    31
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    28
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    92
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    33
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    34
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Sophia 's Actions

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Travel Toiletries

If traveling, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me in a TSA approved reusable quart sized bag.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

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

Family

Thoughtful Toys

I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 1 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

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

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 1 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • Sophia Su 7/30/2020 7:23 PM
    If you do nothing else, try to steer clear of Polyvinyl Chloride (#3 PVC), Polystyrene (#6 PS), & Polycarbonate (#7 Other). PVC is found in many, many products and causes a whole host of environmental problems. PS contains styrene, which is toxic to the brain and nervous system. PC contains BPA. If you must use plastic, make sure it’s not #3, #6, or #7 polycarbonate. (Note: #7 is a catch-all for many types of plastic that doesn’t fit into the first six categories. Biodegradable plastic is also labeled #7. 

  • Sophia Su 7/30/2020 12:38 AM
    Try to find electronics secondhand rather than buying new plastic, but when you do have to buy new electronic gadgets, choose those that have the least packaging and toxic materials. 

  • Sophia Su 7/28/2020 6:56 PM
    Get off mailing lists to avoid plastic envelope windows. Switch to online billing and online statements and canceled subscriptions.


  • Sophia Su 7/27/2020 6:32 PM
    Find ways to wrap gifts without plastic tape.

  • Sophia Su 7/26/2020 6:30 PM
    It can be challenging to ask friends and family not to give you new plastic. But it can be done in a kind way. If you don’t need any new things, request a donation to your favorite charity, perhaps.

  • Sophia Su 7/26/2020 6:28 PM
    Re-think your Christmas tree.
    Most artificial trees are made from toxic PVC. Opt for a real, sustainably-grown and harvested tree, a live tree that can be planted, or an artificial tree made from natural materials. There are “trees” made from recycled cardboard, wood, or even recycled glass bottles.


  • Sophia Su 7/26/2020 6:24 PM
    So much new clothing these days is made from synthetic materials with names like: polyester, acrylic, lycra, spandex, nylon. In other words, plastic fabric. And all synthetic fabrics create microfiber pollution when laundered. When buying new clothes, try to look for organic cotton, hemp, ethically-raised wool, and other natural fibers.

  • Sophia Su 7/23/2020 5:29 PM
    Mini bar snacks and drinks are incredibly expensive. And they all come in plastic packages or bottles. Find real food to eat. Do a little grocery shopping when you reach your destination and stock your hotel room with healthy snacks in less packaging. Even if you can’t avoid plastic entirely, you can resist single-serving sizes.

  • Sophia Su 7/22/2020 7:53 PM
    Skip the free travel size shampoos, soaps, and lotions offered by hotels. Just because they’re free doesn’t mean we should take them. What is the true cost of “free” when the environment is at stake? Instead, fill up your own reusable travel- size containers at home.

  • Sophia Su 7/21/2020 10:08 PM
    When flying, bring your own headphones. Most planes will offer you new headphones in plastic packaging, but you won’t need those if you come prepared with your own.