July 1 - July 31, 2019

Carol White

UNMC - Omaha Nebraska

"We are way past thinking "somebody should do something." We should translate the phrase to "I have to do something." All of us are responsible for the problem and all of us are responsible for the solution. Jump in the deep end or dip a toe but be accountable. Be aware and start somewhere!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,530 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    92
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Personal Care

Tim Taylor Your Beauty Products

I will lessen my plastic impact by making my own makeup.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 Challenge

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, or community garden

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY CHALLENGES

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 CHALLENGES

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed


  • Carol White 7/31/2019 4:54 AM
    This has been an eye opening month. I think I've got some habits set and a good start on others. Can't wait for next year. See you all then.

  • Carol White 7/30/2019 5:43 AM
    Well, I'm not going to get the makeup challenge done before tomorrow. I do have some resources for recipes and as soon as I have the extra funds, I can order the ingredients. It will stay on my to do list.

  • Carol White 7/29/2019 3:51 PM
    Doing some clutter clearing over the weekend and found more reusable glass jars.

  • Carol White 7/28/2019 3:43 PM
    Can't believe we're almost through July. I hope by the time the challenge comes around next year that I've been able to make even more plastic substitutions.

  • Carol White 7/27/2019 8:17 PM
    Did some research on growing microgreens indoors with repurposed clamshells.

  • Carol White 7/26/2019 5:35 AM
    Saw a post yesterday about ZAO cosmetics which sounded promising since they are refillable and use a lot of bamboo. So I emailed them and asked my two standard questions--how are they sourcing their tocopherols and are there any phthalates in their products. The prompt reply was good and bad. They don't have any phthalates which makes them a viable option but the tocopherols are sourced from soy which negates that viability. I'll have to email them back and educate them on how toxic soy is to the body. I wonder if they at least use non-GMO soy. Same toxins plus glyphosate in GMO soy. 

    My current makeup is gluten and soy free but is packaged in plastic. The other cosmetics I've looked at with less or no plastic have soy or phthalates. I guess this means I have to make ALL my makeup at home so I can control the ingredients. 

  • Carol White 7/25/2019 5:44 AM
    Yesterday, I sent a suggestion to management that the organization should stop spending money on single-use plastic utensils, plates, and cups. This is the first organization I've worked for (in 40+ years of working) that provides all this plastic. 

  • Carol White 7/24/2019 5:57 AM
    Yesterday at work I heard a coworker ask another if she had heard about reusable produce bags. I was just about to turn around to tell her about mine when the other woman said, "sure, I have some." As they got on the elevator, I did a little happy dance and went back to my desk.

  • Carol White 7/23/2019 5:04 AM
    Discovered that we have a local zero waste market. Can't wait to check it out and see what they have.

  • Carol White 7/22/2019 5:34 AM
    Ordered a few things online yesterday for delivery because I couldn't get to the store. I'm so used to doing without the plastic produce bags it didn't dawn on me that the green onions and avocados would be in plastic bags. Next time I have to order online, I'll specifically request no plastic.