Look around! There's plastic everywhere! So where do you even begin? For me, it was with straws. I eliminated single-use plastic straws from my life and now, I've also reduced plastic while grocery shopping. I have purchased a bamboo toothbrush. I've switched to wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. I have reusable stasher bags instead of the commonly used ziploc bags. I am not an extremist. Actually, I am extremely busy and my life is chaotic. I'm sure yours is too. As a behavior analyst I am professionally trained in assessing, measuring, and creating meaningful behavior change. So, I decided to change something that is important to me. I would be honored to have you join me on this journey.
*** Plogging Challenge ***
Ashley, a fellow behavior analyst shared a video about plogging recently. At the end of the video there was a comment at the end that really resonated with me. In regards to trash, the woman said, "If you see it, it becomes your responsibility, it doesn't matter where it came from."
I am constantly picking up other people's trash. I know you are too! What I've been wondering is how many straws have I picked up? How many bottles or bottle caps? As a behavioranalyst, I crave data! So, here it goes, for one month (5/20/2018-6/20/2018), I am tasking you all with a picketplastic plogging challenge.
There will be prizes!
How to enter
- Join the #NoStraw4me FB group
- Post pictures in the group
- Use the #picketplastic
- Additional details available to group members
- Variety of single-use items collected
- The most straws collected
- Most trash collected in one day
Winners are eligible to receive:
- Public recocgnition on Behaviorbabe's Facebook page
- Buttons: #Nostraw4me
- Buttons: Behaviorbabe
- Bracelets: #Nostraw4me
- and more!
Literature and Related Readings
A key piece to behavior change is identifying replacement behaviors instead. Sometimes that's in the form of habits, other times it's in the form of products, and sometimes it's both (MightFix). Here are some of my favorite finds since beginning my journey.