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Tonja Thurman

Dallas Zoo and Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

"Making Mother Nature happy!!!"

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Participant Impact

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    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    7
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    145
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    160
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    105
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    70
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    32
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Tonja's 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

Discover Together

I will spend 10 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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One-Time Action

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.

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One-Time Action

Community

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 15 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

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One-Time Action

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 30 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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One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

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One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

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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.

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One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 4 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Lobby for Reusables

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

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Tonja Thurman 8/01/2021 6:03 AM
    August 1 and still at it!!!!  Weekly community cleanup!  Got my reusable Yeti filled with ice water and ready to hit the streets!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Research Local Waste Sites
    In what neighborhoods or areas of your region are landfills or other waste sites located? Which communities are most affected by these locations?

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    Tonja Thurman 7/31/2021 6:17 PM
    There are several landfills in the DFW area, including four in Dallas county.  These landfills are not only unsightly, but they really make the communities around them smell bad.  
  • Reflection Question
    Community Tour A Waste Management Facility
    Landfills and recycling centers tell us a lot about our communities and purchasing habits. What did you glean from your tour?

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    Tonja Thurman 7/31/2021 6:12 PM
    I visited a landfill in Lewisville, Tx.  I dont think it was open to the public, but we were able to drive through and see the large amounts of...everything.  The smell was awful, and there were all sorts of birds hovering around. I wanted to know just what happens to all of this garbage. A landfill is pretty much a place to store garbage. Layers and layers of soil, clay, and garbage. The garbage will decompose, but it takes a loooooooooong time.  That is why it is so important for us to reduce, reuse, and recycle!!!!

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    Tonja Thurman 7/31/2021 5:52 PM
    Doesn't have to stop here!  I challenge everyone to keep it up all year!  We can make a positive change.....together!!!!!!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    What are the most pressing environmental justice concerns in your city, town, or region? Were you aware of or affected by these local concerns before you did your research?

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    Tonja Thurman 7/30/2021 7:27 PM
    I believe the most pressing environmental justice concerns in my city involves the absence of clean, running water in some communities, along with the absence of grocery stores and no public transportation in certain areas to get tostores that provide healthy foods.  I have been aware of these issues, as it is constantly on the news yet no one has any solutions.

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    Tonja Thurman 7/30/2021 7:18 PM
    Something that i need to work on.....taking a shorter shower.  I could conserve hundreds of gallons of water per year.

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    Tonja Thurman 7/29/2021 5:30 PM
    I tried a new product about a week ago and I must say that I am impressed thus far.  It is a make-up removing pad that removes dirt, oil and makeup by only adding water.  There are no chemicals involved.  The fibers do all the work!  I have not used it for actual makeup, as I only wear horror makeup, but I am pleased at how it cleans the dirt, oil, dog hair, dog drool, and bird poop off my face!

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    Tonja Thurman 7/28/2021 7:08 PM
    Day 28.  If we haven't been doing these things all along, then they should definitely be a habit by now.  Hoping that we all continue to be champions for our environment not just in July, but every month!!!

    • Tricia Jones's avatar
      Tricia Jones 7/29/2021 7:27 AM
      Tonja - I just wanted to reach out and introduce myself - I work at Comerica Bank downtown and volunteer for our corporate Green Team and Sustainability groups.  Always good to have connections in the community - especially if there are opportunities to do joint presentations/projects.  Feel free to contact me anytime at 682-284-5813 - mobile or  tjones@comerica.com.  Congrats on the Eco-Challenge!  - Tricia Jones


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    Tonja Thurman 7/27/2021 5:13 PM
    Packing up for the kiddo to head back to college.  Bamboo toothbrush-check! Reusable plates and silverware-check!  Reusable bags-check! Environmentally friendly cleaners-check!  No plastic trash bags-check!

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    Tonja Thurman 7/26/2021 5:48 PM
    Day 26, and I must say that I have learned something new everyday.  Today I googled a company I had never heard of and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they are big on sustainability and recycling, and they are located very close to my job!