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Marissa Tompkins

Nashville Zoo

"To help save the planet - one small step at a time!"

Points Total

  • 35 Today
  • 215 This Week
  • 1,810 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    425
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    113
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    54
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    6
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    34
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Marissa's Actions

Community

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for plastic reduction policies that are better for both the planet and people.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic reduction-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 2 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Use Reusable Baby Wipes

I will make better choices for the environment and my baby's bum by using reusable baby wipes most or all of the time.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 25 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

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 10 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Lobby for Reusables

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

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

Pets

Homemade Pet Treats

I will prepare my own pet treats to avoid plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Give Up Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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 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

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit - including recyclables and compost - to understand how much waste I create and where I can reduce the most.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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    Marissa Tompkins 7/29/2021 7:07 AM
    I've had so much fun this month sharing my journey on social media, creating new sustainable habits, and looking for ways to reduce my waste. I think I'm most proud of starting to compost! I'm excited to be removing so much food waste and even some carboard from landfills.

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    Marissa Tompkins 7/23/2021 7:02 AM
    It's been a great month! I have had a fun time each and every single day putting a post on my instagram sharing what I've been doing around my house to go plastic-free. I have had a few people reach out saying that they are inspired and want to start doing what I'm doing too!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

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    Marissa Tompkins 7/22/2021 3:06 PM
    Honestly, we vote with our money. Just buying recyclable items and refillable items makes a huge difference in the market. When people see that these items are popular and selling they will become more commonplace.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Try a Pet Shampoo Bar
    In what ways does your pet make your life happier, more interesting, or more rewarding?

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    Marissa Tompkins 7/22/2021 2:51 PM
    My dog, Gatsby, was a rescue and he is the most amazing pup in the world! He's a golden retriever and he just makes me smile and laugh with all of his antics. Walking him gets me out of the house and into the sunshine. Plus spending time with him is just so rewarding because he loves so freely and makes friends with everyone he meets.

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    Marissa Tompkins 7/21/2021 7:37 AM
    Only 10 days left! Today my first load of kitchen compost went into my large tumbling composter in the yard. I'm excited to begin making my own soil!

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    Marissa Tompkins 7/19/2021 7:58 AM
    I can't believe the month is over halfway done! I feel like I've made so many changes - small and large. I'm looking forward to continuing my changes beyond just this month. I'm really proud of cutting out so many plastic containers in my daily life and I'm looking forward to cutting out more!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Back in the Bowl
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

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    Marissa Tompkins 7/17/2021 8:16 AM
    I learned a lot about how most makeup contains micro plastics plus they're packaged in plastic! It’s difficult to know which ones contain micro plastics and which don’t. Looking for brands that don’t contain these harmful items can take a lot of research and I’m appreciating this challenge a lot!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Lobby for Reusables
    What are some of the cases you could make to an employer for why switching to durable dishes and utensils is actually in their best interest as well?

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    Marissa Tompkins 7/16/2021 7:07 AM
    There is an inherent cost associated with buying boxes of disposable forks, spoons, and knives each week. Additionally, purchasing paper and styrofoam cups gets costly as well. The argument I made was that if we could spend a bit of money upfront on silverware, cups, mugs, and a dishwasher it would save us a lot of money in the long run.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Toiletries
    What is the benefit of using bar soaps or refilling your travel sized containers? Is this an action you think you will keep in your life?

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    Marissa Tompkins 7/15/2021 7:27 AM
    I travel nearly constantly for work. Having my own travel-sized containers of good is helpful to me because I don't have to borrow from others or worry about buying things on the road. I will definitely keep up this practice.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Start Composting
    Do an inventory of how much food waste you would save from going to the landfill if you start composting all of the time. What are the added benefits of having compost that is readily accessible?

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    Marissa Tompkins 7/14/2021 1:44 PM
    I bought my composter because I did a trash audit and realized exactly how much food waste I was throwing away! This trash audit truly changed the way I look at my own consumption and I'm excited to move forward with composting and my reduction of food waste. Having my composter in my backyard and readily accessible is going to be AMAZING. I set it up today, but I already know how much I am going to appreciate being able to put my food waste outside and know it's turning into nutrient rich soil.