July 1 - July 31, 2018

Kate Abney

Virginia Zoo

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,901 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    87
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    27
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    28
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    30
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    40
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    30
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    28
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Host a House Party

I will host a house party with friends and/or colleagues to watch a movie or present a guest speaker on plastics.

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

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 Challenge

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

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

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 Challenge

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Create Your Own

Spread the Word!

Bring up the Plastic Free July challenge in everyday conversation with my friends and family, and try to get the interested, and educated too!

Uncompleted
Create Your Own Challenge

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 27 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 28 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 28 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Lifestyle

Compost Pet Waste

I will spend 10 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community.

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

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 40 hour(s) in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 3 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 29 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 29 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 30 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Personal Care

Tim Taylor Your Beauty Products

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 30 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Kate Abney 7/31/2018 5:42 PM
    I really feel like this quote sums up the challenge.  We might not feel like we did a lot as an individual, but looking at our impact really just shows how much we can do together!  Let's keep going!  

  • Kate Abney 7/31/2018 4:05 PM
    I have learned so much throughout this entire challenge, and changed my habits too!  I am definitely going to continue the challenges that I picked throughout the rest of the year, and I hope everyone else chooses too as well!  It has been a really great experience!   

  • Kate Abney 7/31/2018 3:30 PM
    I found this image when I was researching banns on plastic straws.  Thought it might be interesting to some people.  

     

  • Kate Abney 7/31/2018 11:12 AM
    I cannot believe how fast this month went by!  Let's finish strong!  

  • Kate Abney 7/30/2018 2:51 PM
    I forgot to post about this before, but on Sunday my church gave away reusable straws to the entire congregation!

  • Kate Abney 7/30/2018 2:11 PM
    Wow!  I just looked at our team's impact, and it is incredible!  I can't believe how much we have done in just one month!  

  • Kate Abney 7/30/2018 1:54 PM
    My friend sent me a text yesterday with a picture of her coffee, and she had a reusable straw! 

  • Kate Abney 7/25/2018 7:09 PM
    Come on everyone!  Less than a week left, so let's make it count! 

  • Kate Abney 7/24/2018 12:24 PM
    I ran into my friends mom the other day, and she told me how their family is avoiding plastic straws now!  

  • Kate Abney 7/24/2018 12:15 PM
    Finale stretch everyone!  Let's keep it up!