July 1 - July 31, 2019

Tyler Wilt

Captain Planet and the Planeteers

"To make the world a better place one plastic straw at a time"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 621 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    45
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    22
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    40
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    22
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted

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 10
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 8
DAILY CHALLENGES

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own airplane snacks and eat at local restaurants to avoid take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 2 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for planet-friendly policies.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY CHALLENGE

Family

Provide the Alternatives

I will provide daily plastic free alternatives (straws, water bottles, cuttlery, bar soap, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.) for my family to use.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY CHALLENGES

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Family

Discover Together

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY CHALLENGES

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors. Why not try using hair conditioner instead of shaving foam for that baby smooth feel?

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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  • Tyler Wilt 7/04/2019 2:39 AM
    My family has been very supportive of living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, but they are in the same boat as me with not knowing what exactly to do. I'm going to try to get my mom and girlfriend to sign up for this, but they are already taking steps with me. My girlfriend is more conscientious of plastic straw use and I've gotten reusable straws for us to use. Her son tends to use them a lot so I can save several straws from the landfill a day by giving him them alone. My mom and dad invested in metal straws and is switching from one use plastic and Styrofoam cups and plates to paper products and reusable plastics. One step at a time!

    • Jim McPhail 7/05/2019 5:38 PM
      Fantastic, Tyler! We would love to have relatives & friends practice being Greener too but we haven't gotten others to change. I have noticed that A&W and McDonald's here have switched to paper straws & many stores & restaurants have quickly added veggie meat to their menus. We have had some thick plastic straws for many years. My daughter is mobile, so we don't need to take the straws in the car.
      I have found that at some restaurants the younger wait staff are especially appreciative of our efforts to be Green. E.g. They let me bring our own cups and food containers if we order out to take home.
      How was July 4th for you guys? We lived in Broken Arrow, OK for a few years. It was quite the learning experience for us!

  • Tyler Wilt 7/04/2019 2:34 AM
    I reached out to a few of my state's leaders to start out the program because there is currently a bill in the state legislature that I support. I am a big supporter of the use of native plants in landscape to help restore habitat available to local insects and other wildlife in urban and suburban areas. Right now in PA, there is a bill that would require the Department of Transportation to plant native plants at construction sites along our highways. That would be huge for reducing opportunities for invasive species to take over bare areas and increase plant populations for local insects and birds! I've written to the bill's prime sponsor for an update on the bill, as well as my senator and representative to encourage their support of the bill. It is in the senate transportation committee right now and I intend to email all of its members before this challenge is over.

    • Jim McPhail 7/05/2019 5:28 PM
      Great for you! That's solid thinking, Ryan. I wonder if it could also reduce costs that the plants are native and possibly more available?
      I've noticed that very many people freeze up at the idea of contacting politicians & government officials. It can be hard to contact them but generally they do respond to feedback (though sometimes it's token). I hear that your contacting the politicians multiple times counts hugely as they give it a multiplier effect. Tell us how it goes, k?
      Jim

  • Tyler Wilt 7/04/2019 2:29 AM
    Hi guys! Jim, I apparently can't respond to the messages I have been getting from you through my email directly, so I will just post replies here! I'm glad to be a part of this (though I hope I didn't crash something that was supposed to be private for your family and friends)! Honestly, I chose this team because of the name lol. I loved Captain Planet when I was little and I have no connections to any other individuals or groups doing this challenge. For a long time I have wanted to take steps to reduce my carbon footprint and do whatever I can to help the environment and better my community. I have just been unsure how exactly to do those things. I saw an ad online for this and it seemed like the perfect way to educate myself on the matter and a fun way to keep track of how I am doing along the way. I'm really looking forward to this!

    • Jim McPhail 7/05/2019 5:28 PM
      Oh, my daughter chose the name because she loved Captain Planet too!
      Jim

    • Jim McPhail 7/05/2019 5:24 PM
      Tyler, we are delighted you joined us! Twice a year a larger EcoChallenge is run & allows for more actions & tons more links to articles to read. If you send a note with your email address I can invite you to be a captain. Mine is jlpmcphail@gmail.com