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Karen Wilson

Oklahoma City Zoo

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 1,182 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    155
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    88
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    31
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Karen's Actions

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Back in the Bowl
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

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    Karen Wilson 7/31/2019 8:05 PM
    It only takes simple changes to make a big difference to the would around you. Things I now do - bring a fork/spoon with me from home to eat my lunch vs grabbing a plastic one out of the drawer, take a refillable water bottle with me to the gym, use reusable containers vs zip lock bags for storage.  

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    Karen Wilson 7/31/2019 7:50 PM
    I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. – Edward Everett Hale
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

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    Karen Wilson 7/31/2019 7:45 PM
    Even large corporations are getting the message about using refillable bottle options. InterContinental Group is eliminating the travel-sized tubes of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel from its 843,000 rooms across its global chain of hotels. Guests will find bulk-sized toiletries beginning in 2021. IHG said roughly 200 million miniature-sized toiletries are placed in rooms every year. Replacing them with bulk-sized accessories will lead to a "significant reduction in plastic waste," the company said.

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    Karen Wilson 7/31/2019 7:34 PM
    So good to see that wanting to reduce plastic use is a world wide effort.  An example - Marks & Spencer (stores in the UK) are now offering a discount to customers that bring their own lunch boxes to purchase prepared 'food to go'.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Karen Wilson 7/30/2019 7:02 PM
    Mason jars are wonderful items to use for storage. They come in multiple sizes and can last for many generations.  

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    Karen Wilson 7/30/2019 6:55 PM
    “It’s only one straw,” said 8 billion people. – Unknown

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    Karen Wilson 7/28/2019 7:26 PM
    We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. – Howard Zinn

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    Karen Wilson 7/27/2019 8:32 PM
    Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. – New England proverb

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    Karen Wilson 7/26/2019 7:53 PM
    There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away, it must go somewhere. – Annie Leonard

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    Karen Wilson 7/21/2019 5:21 PM
    "Be the change you wish to see in the world." – Mahatma Gandhi