July 1 - July 31, 2018

Kevin Graham

DZBirds

"If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, designed or removed from production."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,196 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    93
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    105
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    62
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    155
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    62
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    93
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Challenges

Personal Care

Tim Taylor Your Beauty Products

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

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

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Create Your Own

Reduce neighborhood use of trash bags for plant debris

Every week I see countless dozens of plastic trash bags in my neighborhood filled with leaves, grass clippings, and other yard waste. There is a better way through either composting or biodegradable bags if absolutely needed.

Uncompleted
Create Your Own Challenge

Lifestyle

Compost Pet Waste

I will spend 15 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

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

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

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

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 2 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

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

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Plant a Garden

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

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

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 2 hour(s) in my community.

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

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

Completed
One-Time 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

Lobby for Reusables

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 3 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 31 OF 31
DAILY 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

Food

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY 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 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Takeout Pro

I will use my own containers when ordering takeout.

COMPLETED 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Kevin Graham 7/31/2018 8:34 AM
    Last day.  This has been a great challenge and I have every intention of continuing with the goal of eliminating single use plastics everywhere possible.

  • Kevin Graham 7/30/2018 7:58 AM
    Even on a miserably rainy morning (granted, we really needed the rain) it was unfortunately easy to find way too much plastic litter on the grounds.  Most of it was less than 10 feet from trash and recycling bins...

  • Kevin Graham 7/29/2018 3:47 AM
    Looking at the impact numbers that just over 5200 people in this challenge have made in slightly less than a month, it’s truly impressive.  

  • Kevin Graham 7/28/2018 8:20 AM
    Hard to believe the month long challenge is completed in only three more days.  Hopefully the roughly 5300 people that participated carry on with many of the actions that they’ve chosen for this challenge.

  • Kevin Graham 7/27/2018 7:30 AM
    Scary...  But things can change.

    We’re becoming familiar with the eye-popping statistics. A garbage truck worth of plastic empties into the ocean every minute. Worldwide, humankind produces over 300 million tons of plastic each year, and this is increasing. Researchers believe as many as 51 trillion fragments of plastic ― known as microplastic (characterized as pieces under 5 mm) ― are polluting waterways and marine environments.

  • Kevin Graham 7/26/2018 10:44 AM
    Just saw this pop up on the news feed.  This will be a massive impact when all the straws, stirrers, bags, etc. are taken into account.  This is hundreds of millions of pieces of plastic going away per year.  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/walt-disney-company-plastic-straws-stirrers_us_5b59cc9ee4b0b15aba960047
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  • Kevin Graham 7/26/2018 6:05 AM
    About 1.5 billion plastic jugs of laundry detergent are sold in the US per year and approximately 3.7 billion worldwide.  Out of these it's estimated that less than a quarter of them are sent in for recycling and about 20% of those are not actually recycled and instead end up in the landfill.  These jugs are between 15 and 90% water depending on the brand and formulation.  If making your own isn't an option why pay to hold water in a plastic jug with a little bit of detergent added in when you can buy detergent in plastic free packaging for about the same price or cheaper.  Couple of options are Dropps or Disolve but there are many others.

    • Rebecca Ries 7/26/2018 8:42 AM
      two other things to note, if you don't or can't make your own, always buy in a box; and if you have an old plastic jug, drill holes in the top and use it as a plant waterer.

  • Kevin Graham 7/25/2018 3:56 AM
    Aramark is one of the big fish in waste generated, good to see that they’re starting to get it.
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    • mara hart 7/25/2018 6:18 AM
      That's amazing! It's great that they're educating people about this and making a change!

  • Kevin Graham 7/24/2018 9:27 AM
    So far my two nemesis when it comes to buying produce without plastic are cherries and strawberries.  Haven't been able to find either one locally to buy in bulk rather than pre-packaged...

  • Kevin Graham 7/22/2018 11:07 PM
    According to advocacy group Plastic Pollution Coalition, consumers on average will use 300 toothbrushes during their lifetime (4 toothbrushes per year). Each of us will  on average throw away about 12 pounds of plastic toothbrushes in our lifetime.