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Mandi Townzen

Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden

"Trying to continue to make small changes to make a large impact "

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Participant Impact

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    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
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    advocacy actions
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    conversations
    with people
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    2.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
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    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    13
    minutes
    spent learning

Mandi's Actions

Family

Learn about Environmental Justice

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

Food

Replace plastic lunch bottle

Refuse to have plastic drink at lunch

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Become a Recycling Pro

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Sustainable Suds: Pet Edition

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

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One-Time Action

Food

Buy mesh reusable bags

Use these bags to replace plastic fruit bags in store

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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Buy bamboo brush for daughter

Utilize bamboo instead of plastic brush

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Host a Watch Party

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Cook a Plastic Free Meal

I will prepare meals at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Give my kids toys a second life

Make sure to give my kids toys a second life and donate and acquire toys the same way when possible

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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

Use reusable swim diaper for baby

While in the water a lot this summer I'm having my daughter use reusable swim diapers as opposed to disposable.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 10 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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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

Community

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 20 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 2 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate for Plastic-Free Dining

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Support a Sharing Economy

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Personal Care

Green Beauty

When it's time to buy more, I will replace my beauty products with refillable, sustainable, and/or DIY options.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Avoid k cup for coffee

Avoid using small plastic k cups for daily coffee.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Do more research on if there is a bulk food store in area where you bring containers

See if I can get any food I use regularly local without plastic

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

A Sustainable Flow

I will make the switch to sustainable, reusable period products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

2nd hand kids clothes

Almost all my child's clothes are second hand clothes

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Pick up daily trash when walking dog

Pick up trash I find on daily walk with dog and recycle when necessary

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Sustainable Suds

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions with a sustainable, unpackaged, or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Clean Plate Club

When I need to replace my dish soap, I will switch to a bar or refillable option.

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

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

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  • Mandi Townzen's avatar
    Mandi Townzen 7/31/2022 2:05 PM
    Last day! Proud of OKC zoo team!
  • Reflection Question
    Family Learn about Environmental Justice
    What did you and your family learn about environmental justice? What questions came up for you? What feelings?

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    Mandi Townzen 7/30/2022 9:46 AM
    I have been pretty privileged in my life that I haven't really thought about environmental justice or what it is. It was eye opening to read more on it and  defintently made me think more about what my price page affords me as far as the environment is concerned.

  • Mandi Townzen's avatar
    Mandi Townzen 7/30/2022 9:30 AM
    I appreciate companies like life water that even though it is plastic water bottle they use 100 percent recycled plastic for their bottles 

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    Mandi Townzen 7/28/2022 10:44 AM
    So proud of everyone on the team for making so many changes! Love reading everyone's posts and reflection question answers!

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    Mandi Townzen 7/27/2022 2:49 PM
    What's everyone favorite 2nd hand stores in the metro?

    • Kelly Dillow's avatar
      Kelly Dillow 7/28/2022 7:25 AM
      What kind of store are you looking for? For clothing, Uptown Cheapskate and Bad Granny's. For antiques, The Antique COOP. For funky vintage and used household, Abracadabra. 

    • Ronni Hatcher's avatar
      Ronni Hatcher 7/27/2022 4:31 PM
      All the 3 ones I liked actually shut down over the last year so still looking for new favorites.

  • Mandi Townzen's avatar
    Mandi Townzen 7/26/2022 10:14 AM
    Remember to clean out your yogurt containers before tossing in recycling bin if you want it to be recycled!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Become a Recycling Pro
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Mandi Townzen 7/26/2022 10:06 AM
    It was interesting to learn about some of what is accepted and what's not. Like a yogurt lid by itself will not be but when attached it is able to be recycled. 

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    Mandi Townzen 7/25/2022 3:30 PM
    Day 25 let's go! Think of how much our new changes are impacting the earth as a whole!

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    Mandi Townzen 7/24/2022 10:47 AM
    So proud of my carnivore team for stepping up for plastic free July! 

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    Mandi Townzen 7/23/2022 11:56 AM
    I love restaurants that wait until people ask for a straw to hand out vs just putting on table, because even if you weren't going to use, once on table a lot of places usually have to toss anywho