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Mandi Townzen

OKC Zoo and Botanical Garden

"To try and make small changes and grow and learn"

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Mandi's actions

Kitchen

Take the pre-survey!

Help us make the Plastic Free Ecochallenge the best it can be! Take the challenge pre-survey (and look out for the post-survey at the end of the challenge!) so we can better understand the impact the challenge has and how we can improve in the future. Plus, you'll earn points for completing it! Thank you!

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Family + Pets

Mend and Repair

We've all got it - that thing in the back of our closet we keep saying we'll fix "one day." I will make today that day by learning how to mend or repair ripped or broken items in my home - or by finding a local offering to do it for me.

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Study

Estimate Your Ecological Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint, and from the results brainstorm and take action on ways I can reduce my annual footprint.

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Study

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit of my trash and recycling to understand how much waste I create and create a plan for where I can reduce the most.

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Kitchen

Use a Reusable Mug

Even just one to-go coffee or tea a week adds up to 52 trashed cups in a year! I will avoid sending 4 disposable cups to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or travel cup.

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Kitchen

Choose Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase unpackaged produce at the grocery store or at the farmer's market.

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Kitchen

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

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

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Kitchen

Use The Dishwasher

Using your dishwasher doesn't just save water! I will use my dishwasher whenever possible to extend the life of my sponges and dish cloths, and shed less microfibers from them.

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Bathroom

Bidet All Day

The average American uses about 141 rolls of toilet paper each year, most of which is wrapped in plastic film. To cut down on my toilet paper usage, I will install a bidet in my bathroom.

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Bathroom

Eco Deodorant

Conventional deodorant tubes are typically made from plastics #4 and #5, which are rarely accepted for recycling - especially together. When it's time to replace my current deodorant, I will replace it with a plastic-free option.

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Bathroom

Sustainable Suds

In the UK, the average person creates 512kg (1,129lbs) of waste in the bathroom over the course of their lifetime - 50% of which ends up in a landfill. As they run out, I will replace my soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions with sustainable, unpackaged, or refillable options.

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Bathroom

Use What You Have

The only thing worse than a single-use item is a zero-use item! I will use (and use up) what I already have in my home before buying something new.

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Bathroom

Embrace Imperfection

Eliminating 100% of all plastic from our lives simply isn't possible. Throughout this month, I will embrace imperfection in my plastic-free journey while exploring and testing new ways to reduce my plastic footprint.

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  • Mandi Townzen's avatar
    Mandi Townzen 6/13/2024 9:14 AM
    Favorite conditioner in low to no plastic packaging?

    • Krystina Jarvis's avatar
      Krystina Jarvis 6/13/2024 4:58 PM
      I go back and forth between this refillable one and this bar. I have pretty fine hair and they both work great for me, but the bar is really great for traveling.

  • Mandi Townzen's avatar
    Mandi Townzen 6/12/2024 9:55 AM
    What’s everyone’s favorite reusable ziplocs that can go in the dishwasher?

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    Mandi Townzen 6/11/2024 4:58 AM
    What’s everyone’s favorite way to make a small change?

    • Mackenzie Blevins's avatar
      Mackenzie Blevins 6/17/2024 9:57 AM
      I love finding times to bring up the plastic problem in normal conversation in ways that don't feel overwhelming- so talking about beeswax wraps when discussing meal prep or gifting a cute tote bag to use when grocery shopping is a great way to meet people where they are!

    • Krystina Jarvis's avatar
      Krystina Jarvis 6/12/2024 11:13 AM
      I love doing a waste audit about once or twice a year to re-focus my efforts. It helps me see where I'm producing the most waste and make small changes based on what will make the most difference at that time in my life!

  • Mandi Townzen's avatar
    Mandi Townzen 6/10/2024 11:12 AM
    Always willing to learn more to make small changes!