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Margo Wilwerding

Deloitte Chicago Office

"My mission is to help advocate for a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable planet."

Points Total

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
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    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
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    2
    documentaries
    watched
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    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    381
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    11
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    57
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    35
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    24
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Margo's Actions

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 3 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Support a Sharing Economy

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

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Naked Bins

I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 1 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share about plastic harm on social media

I shared about the eco challenge and resources for plastic actions we can take and advocacy opportunities for my 1200 Instagram followers

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 15 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

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

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 Action

Lifestyle

Buy Plastic Free Appliances

Plastic is everywhere, so I will buy items made from natural materials

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 5 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 1 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 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

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

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

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

Pets

Thrifty Pets

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

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

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Check out the NPSI Plastic Free July Giving Campaign!

As part of our Plastic Free July Events, we've set up a campaign to support 3 organizations focused on reducing plastic impact on our oceans and the planet: Surfrider Foundation, Ocean Blue Project, and EarthJustice. Check out the campaign and learn more about these organizations and their missions using the link below!

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

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

Give Up Gum

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

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

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

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Margo Wilwerding 7/31/2021 12:30 PM
    Today as part of only buying what I need, I actually returned a few items that I had impulsively bought. I also purchased new bedding, but it is linen, which is more sustainable than polyester. It's been a great month of learning and doing small actions that can help facilitate systemic and cultural change. I'm proud of our team for how much we've accomplished! 

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    Margo Wilwerding 7/28/2021 7:41 AM
    I tried out my plastic free toothpaste and bamboo toothbrush from Bite this morning! It was so exciting because both the flavor and texture are nice! Would highly recommend. 

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    Margo Wilwerding 7/27/2021 11:51 AM
    It's going well! Today is my birthday so I've received a few gifts and a couple of them came in plastic, which is pretty uncontrollable. The flowers I got were wrapped in paper and from the farmer's market! That seems less wasteful than buying them from a store like Trader Joe's. I did treat myself to a Starbucks birthday drink, which is single use plastic, but I didn't use a straw. I would say iced coffee from coffee shops is definitely a guilty pleasure. I can't wait until I can use my reusable mug everywhere again.

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    Margo Wilwerding 7/26/2021 8:48 PM
    I have to say the plastic free challenge has been a little difficult today. I went to a Cubs game and had brought a canned sparkling water for the trip over and wanted to recycle the can (there was a recycling bin just inside) but was forced to throw it away. The same thing happened again after I bought a canned sparkling water inside. Also everyone's drinks had to be in plastic and the ice cream dishes were plastic. It was really disheartening. 

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    Margo Wilwerding 7/26/2021 8:45 PM
    Checking in from Saturday, it was a bit difficult because we traveled for a wedding this weekend! At the wedding it was nice because my sodas came in glass cups, but there were a ton of single use plastics that were very difficult to avoid. I was able to reuse the straw I accidentally was given, though!

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    Margo Wilwerding 7/25/2021 9:29 PM
    Today I refused bottled water on a mystery picnic and brought my reusable bottle instead! I also held on to my sparkling water can when it was empty until I could recycle it!

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    Margo Wilwerding 7/23/2021 12:36 PM
    Today and yesterday I spent far too much time trying to figure out if my foil wrapper from Philadelphia cream cheese was recyclable. I scoured the internet and couldn't find anything super helpful, so I reached out to Eco and the Flamingo and Kraft Heinz (maker of the cream cheese) and ultimately learned it is not recyclable, which was devastating after all that searching. I'm taking this challenge very seriously! Maybe even focusing a little too much on trying to be perfectly zero waste. Because the foil isn't recyclable though, I plan to try making cream cheese homemade! It seems to be not too difficult. I'm also going to try making tortillas because those are also very difficult to find plastic free and pretty simple!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Brusha Brusha Brusha
    What are the benefits of switching to bamboo toothbrushes? How would you implore others in your community to make this switch as well?

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    Margo Wilwerding 7/22/2021 2:53 PM
    I switched to a bamboo toothbrush, compostable floss and plastic free toothpaste all from Bite! I'm so excited for it to get here. I've tried several natural toothpastes in the past and they weren't my favorite, so hoping this is better. I think there are a ton of benefits to a bamboo toothbrush! Bamboo is a super quick growing regenerative material, you can compost it at home, you know little plastic pieces aren't breaking off into your mouth... so many benefits. I think it's important to get the word out about it, do research, and share about how exciting it is!

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    Margo Wilwerding 7/22/2021 7:07 AM
    Today I had a really interesting conversation with a friend about the privilege of living sustainably and with reduced plastic. As someone who has a steady career and stable health, it's easy for me to be able to go out and make shifts in my life like bringing reusables to restaurants or cooking at home. The reality for some people is that maybe they don't have that opportunity because of lack of running water or funds, etc. It shed light on a different perspective to consider and find solutions for.

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      Sophia Paul 7/22/2021 10:39 AM
      Definitely! A lot of what is marketed as sustainable also comes with a higher price tag - in reality, for people that live in a food desert these swaps aren't an option. In addition, many people have more sustainable habits (thrifting instead of buying new, extending life of clothes and furniture by mending, repurposing household goods, traveling less/traveling through public transport) out of economic need. 

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    Margo Wilwerding 7/21/2021 5:28 PM
    I went grocery shopping tonight and posted my low plastic Trader Joe's haul on IGTV to hopefully inspire others to use less plastic! I also asked at Trader Joe's if they have a packaging recycling program (to no avail...) and we got biodegradable kitty litter! It's a little overwhelming to try to go zero waste all at once, so baby steps.