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Watershed Warriors 2022

Virginia Aquarium Fam - Bam No Plastic Ma'am

"The Watershed Warrior Team hopes to make our guests more environmentally conscious by promoting the Plastic Free July Ecochallenge and other conservation actions - Wednesday through Saturday from 10 to 2! "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,976 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    233
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    195
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    99
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    123
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    54
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    65
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    167
    minutes
    spent learning

Watershed Warriors's Actions

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 60 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate for Office Reusables

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate For Better Food Packaging

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate for Plastic-Free Dining

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 3 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

Lifestyle

Clean Plate Club

When I need to replace my dish soap, I will switch to a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Toiletries

If traveling, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me in a TSA-approved reusable quart-sized bag.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Say No to Styrofoam

Throughout its life cycle, polystyrene (styrofoam) can harm people, communities, and the planet. I will refuse styrofoam whenever I can, making sure to kindly let people know why I'm asking for alternative packaging.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

See the Green

I will recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

A Sustainable Flow

I will make the switch to sustainable, reusable period products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Eco Deodorant

I will switch to a plastic-free deodorant — whether purchased or DIY'd.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brush with Bamboo

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Sustainable Suds

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions with a sustainable, unpackaged, or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Fill a Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 10 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Go Strawless

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden using as little plastic as possible and to save from the plastic used buying herbs and veggies.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Choose Reusable Food Storage

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

Food

Skip Plastic Bags

When possible, I will not use disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Watershed Warriors 2022's avatar
    Watershed Warriors 2022 7/31/2022 7:19 PM
    Super proud of our Watershed Warrior volunteers and staff that worked together to spread the word about plastic alternatives! We are all looking forward to our next Plastic Free challenge and excited to instill our new plastic free habits into our everyday lives.

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    Watershed Warriors 2022 7/30/2022 10:58 AM
    Dreading the end of this awesome challenge :(
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Watershed Warriors 2022 7/28/2022 11:36 AM
    In my experience, sustainable fashion practices require people to make their clothing adaptable and creative in how it is worn and styled from day to day. For example, mending clothes, wearing them with a variety of clothing items, layering clothing items, or altering how the clothes fit or look.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate For Better Food Packaging
    Single use plastics have become normalized in our society to the point that most people don't see them as a problem. What would you say to a friend, colleague, or family member who may not understand why these disposables are an issue?

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    Watershed Warriors 2022 7/28/2022 11:27 AM
    When encouraging others to graduate from disposables to reusables, I emphasize the importance of minimizing our waste in general. As we know, waste takes time to decompose while some waste remains with us forever. Opting to use reusable materials and repurposing our goods rather than contributing to landfill waste is one of the most important conservation actions, in my opinion, facing more developed countries.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate for Office Reusables
    What are some of the cases you could make to an employer for why switching to durable dishes and utensils is actually in their best interest as well?

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    Watershed Warriors 2022 7/28/2022 11:24 AM
    One of my first recommendations is to phase out utensils and dishes that are fragile. The restaurant industry is crazy and most everything is prone to damage. Durable dishes are more sustainable for the environment and the business itself. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate for Plastic-Free Dining
    What was your strategy in talking with your favorite restaurant's management? Did you find it to be effective?

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    Watershed Warriors 2022 7/28/2022 11:22 AM
    My restaurant's management was very willing to consider plastic alternatives - this is largely due to Dylan Walker's recycling efforts at the same restaurant. Their only request was a price comparison between products and a list of expectations for staff. However, I have other managers to talk to before any plans are set in motion. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about Plastic Production
    What did you learn about how plastic production impacts humans, animals, communities, and the environment? Which of these impacts specifically affects your community?

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    Watershed Warriors 2022 7/26/2022 1:31 PM
    Plastic production requires lots of fossil fuels. Some materials that do not look like traditional plastics (Styrofoam) are made by heating up plastic beads. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Dig into Bioplastics
    What did you learn about bioplastic production and disposal? Did anything surprise you? Are bioplastics accepted by your city's waste management?

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    Watershed Warriors 2022 7/26/2022 1:28 PM
    Plastic production is very dependent on where you live and the resources around you. Teracycle recycles plastics that are not usually recyclable but needs a large quantity of material before it can be sent off. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets All Natural Pet Toys
    In what ways is supplying your pet with all natural pet toys better for your pet, better for you, and better for the environment?

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    Watershed Warriors 2022 7/26/2022 1:20 PM
    We regularly make make toys out of home items for the local animal shelters! Old socks, peanut butter jars, and towels are repurposed to make happy, temporary homes for animals awaiting their forever homes.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Thrifty Pets
    How does buying used differ from buying new? How does each purchasing decision make you feel?

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    Watershed Warriors 2022 7/26/2022 1:16 PM
    Buying used significantly diminishes our consumption and reliance on fossil fuel based products! I feel much less guilty buying presents and care products for my pup when I shop from pet thrift stores rather than buying new. Repurposing items and using them to their full potential is super fulfilling!