The 3 Step Plastic Challenge

Our Beloved Amma has requested that her children take up the challenge of Source Reduction - preventing waste and pollution before it actually happens - to live a more sustainable life on our precious Mother Earth.

To honor Amma's request, we are launching a Plastic Challenge that asks all devotees to take steps towards reducing their plastic footprint (plastic usage). The results of this challenge will be offered to Amma this summer during Her US Tour 2018.

The 3 Step Plastic Challenge

    "A goal of the plastic challenge is to have significant results of plastic reduction by devotees and MA Centers and satsangs to show Amma that we really care when she arrives to North America this summer, a kind of show and tell...

    However, most significantly to Amma, the goal is to increase our awareness of how our choices contribute to this issue…and that, hopefully, we begin to make better choices in the long run, to align our lives to be more in harmony with all beings on our precious Mother Earth.

    As Amma says, 'Creator and creation are one and the same. May we awaken to this Truth through this process'.

    - Bri. Rema Devi, one of Amma’s Senior American Disciples

Step 1. Initial Footprint Calculation Period (March*)

* The earlier you calculate your initial footprint, the longer you’ll have to practice awareness of your plastic usage and make changes towards your pledge.


Step 2. Footprint Reduction Period (March - April 22nd)

  • After completing Step 1, spend the the following weeks, up to April 20th, honoring your pledge to Amma (reducing your plastic footprint) and educating yourself on eco-friendly plastic alternatives.

  • To aid in this request, GreenFriends NA is continuously publishing videos and articles on the GreenFriends Source Reduction Website and The Plastic Challenge NA Facebook Page.

Step 3. Final Footprint Calculation (April 22nd - May4th)

  • It is time to complete the final step in the 3 Step Plastic Challenge. Amma will be here in early June, and we are excited to present her with the results and pledges of all who participated in the Challenge. Today, the total plastic footprint for all North American participants is 272,826 pieces of plastic per year. We hope you have been successful in making even a small reduction in your plastic usage based on the Pledge you made when you entered your Initial footprint*.
  • In order to complete the challenge, please enter your new reduced plastic footprint in the "Final Footprint" form here: .

    Please note: The deadline to enter your final footprint is May 4th. After May 4th, entries containing an initial but no final footprint will have only their pledges included in the results to be presented to Amma.
    To find a copy of your initial plastic footprint response, you can search your inbox for "Calculate My Plastic Footprint & Enter Pledge".



Amma has asked that we begin to focus efforts towards sustainable living through source reduction for many years now.

We will be tabulating the "Before" and "After" metrics for each region on May 1st. These results will be presented as a gift to Amma from all her children at the US Tour 2018. Additionally, the results of this campaign will be displayed in each tour city at the Green Friends table in hopes to inspire others to do their part. Let’s show Amma we are listening!

If you need additional assistance, please e-mail Please be sure to include your state (name or abbreviation) in the Subject of your email. For California, please use “NCAL” for areas above Santa Barbara and “SCAL” for Santa Barbara and South.

May we each strive to do whatever we are able to do, to honor Amma's guidance, which flows out of her compassion for each of us!

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