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Elizabeth Wypasek

Green Bexley

"I am on a mission to walk a plastic free life! "

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 1,391 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    70
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    8.0
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    0.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    0.0
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    237
    minutes
    spent learning

Elizabeth's Actions

Lifestyle

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 5 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 5 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about 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

Become a Recycling Pro

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 5 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food

Use a Reusable Mug

If possible, I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own travel cup.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook a Plastic Free Meal

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Personal Care

Sustainable Suds

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Elizabeth Wypasek 7/31/2022 2:34 PM
    I forgot to check in today on the current day. This challenge really brings to mind the repercussions that not being conscious of our sustainability choices each day can create massive negative impact s on our environment. Keep challenging yourself to make sustainable choices and encourage others to do the same.

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    Elizabeth Wypasek 7/31/2022 2:29 PM
    I completed a waste audit and estimated my plastic consumption at https://repurpose.global/apps/calculate-plastic-footprint). 

    I use 29.82 kg of plastic per year.

    My Footprint (29.82 KG)
    American (84 KG) 
    European (53 KG) 
    Indian (11 KG)

    Compare Your Usage: 
    64.50% lower than American 
    43.74% lower than European
    171.09% higher than Indian 

    While I feel good that I have a lower than average American carbon footprint, I realize I have a long way to go to be carbon neutral. 

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    Elizabeth Wypasek 7/30/2022 8:09 AM
    My daughter and granddaughter are visiting this weekend. I am so glad that I have passed along my sustainability values to my family. They packed their dinner for the drive here and stopped at a rest stop to enjoy the outdoors while eating their meal. And in many other ways, they are supporting the eco challenge. 

    And we talked about Earth Overshoot Day. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. 

    Theoretically, yesterday, on the 209th day of the year, we used up all that the earth will provide for us in 2022. 

    There are now. 155 days left this year.

    We will run the rest of 2022 in the red.  

    Globally, we're living like we have 1.75 Earths.

    In the U.S., we're living like we have 5.1.

    If everyone lived like us, we would reach this day on March 13th.

    It will only get better when we make it better. Help us make it better. Learn more at Green Bexley.org.

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    Elizabeth Wypasek 7/28/2022 6:47 PM
    We must aim to focus on refuse, reuse, and recycle. Nature has an important role in our well-being and we must take care of it. Reduce your plastic usage and try to focus on conserving nature! 

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    Elizabeth Wypasek 7/27/2022 5:52 PM
    I had my teeth cleaned yesterday and I noticed the dentist office gave patients a swig of mouthwash in a plastic cup. I asked the office manager if they could look into paper cups that are compostable or recyclable. She said they would check. 

    And I turned down the free plastic toothbrush that they offer and asked again if they had considered offering bamboo toothbrushes or other more sustainable choices. 

    Then I wen to Target and could not find any non plastic toothbrushes. So I will find one at a store that is committed to offering sustainable items. That is all.

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    Elizabeth Wypasek 7/26/2022 4:44 PM
    I went shopping today and just couldn’t believe all the plastic stuff lining the shelves. Especially the “Dollar Deals”. It is overwhelming. How can we change our world when so many problems exist? 

    Five of the biggest problems with plastics
    • Recycling isn't a viable solution.
    • The problems don't end when we think they do.
    • The microplastics issue.
    • Health effects.
    • Plastic production is not stopping.
    The world needs a cure for the plastic problem, but the solution can’t be more plastics.


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    Elizabeth Wypasek 7/25/2022 3:52 PM
    I went to a catered event this weekend and I was very conscious of how much disposable dinnerware was being used. I brought my own refillable water bottle and drank from that. I don’t know what a better way to cater large outdoor dinner crowds is except to push for more compostable plates, cups and silverware. 



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    Elizabeth Wypasek 7/24/2022 3:59 PM
    What does 100 years of single-use look like? It all started with a detachable collar...

    To begin with, single-use items solved a real problem for the lives of many consumers. They reduced the time we spent on repetitive tasks in exchange for a throw-away, single-use alternative.
     


     
    Plastic was the catalyst for single-use innovation. New products flooded the market and were much cheaper than ever before. This is where single-use became unsustainable. 
     

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    Elizabeth Wypasek 7/23/2022 7:44 AM
    Columbus has many recycling options and accepts more and more items. So be sure to check in with your local recycling program often to make sure you are making the most of your recycling efforts!

    Materials accepted through the Columbus Drop-Off Recycling Program include:

    Non-Accepted Materials:
    The following items are not currently accepted through this recycling program. 
    • Plastic:  Disposable storage containers such as clamshells or take-out food containers, toys, plastic bags, plastic films and bubble wrap, and plastic utensils. 
    • Glass: Ceramics, window or drinking glass, light bulbs and any other glass not in the shape of a bottle or jar. 
    • Paper: Plates, paper towels, tissues, etc. 
    • Drink Pouches: Made of or lined with foil and plastic. 
    • Metals: Coat hangers, steel scraps and any other metal not in the shape of a container. 
    • Note: Expanded polystyrene foam or "Styrofoam" egg cartons, plates, cups, etc. are NOT accepted.
    Let’s all do our part to make our community, our country and our world a place that we can all enjoy for generations to come!

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    Elizabeth Wypasek 7/23/2022 7:37 AM
    There are many ways to recycle in Columbus.

    Drop box recycling

    Over 200 public recycling drop boxes are available through a partnership between the city and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO).  Drop box sites are commonly located at fire stations, recreation centers, commercial locations and at most schools.  Drop boxes will remain available even after the new RecyColumbus program begins. 

    A listing of these locations is available online. Some drop boxes may be relocated in coming years to better accomodate residents living in multi-family households not covered by the new city service.

    https://www.swaco.org/299/Recycling-Drop-Off-Program