July 1 - July 31, 2020

Amy Abdai

Reid Park Zoo

Points Total

  • 55 Today
  • 322 This Week
  • 679 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    87
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    11
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Amy's Actions

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 Action

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Share My Actions

I will post to my social media networks about how reducing our plastic use is important for both environmental justice and conservation.

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 I will make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Donate Zero Waste Period Products

I will donate 1 zero waste period kits to young people with periods so that they can reduce their waste and the financial burden of menstruation while continuing their education.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

    Amy Abdai 7/11/2020 3:35 PM
    Trying to reduce your plastic consumption is hard! I forget about the plastic packaging that comes in my chocolate, snack bars, frozen foods, etc. It is even worse now that I am off from work, and not cooking dinner so I have leftovers for lunches. Right now, meals are convenience  foods which have lots of plastic.

  • Amy Abdai 7/11/2020 3:22 PM
    728AF303-F3B7-4AFB-BF83-6A789735DFC2.jpeg 2.05 MB
    Great story to teach children about plastic waste in our oceans
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Reusable Face Coverings
    In what other ways can you use creativity or innovation to reduce your waste while adapting to our current times?

    Amy Abdai 7/10/2020 5:34 PM
    I am trying to buy items (books, magazines, music, etc.) digitally more often. This month, one of my favorite magazines came wrapped in plastic on the newsstand. By buying digitally, I skipped the plastic.

  • Amy Abdai 7/10/2020 3:34 PM
    I have been working on reducing my waste by buying magazines digitally via the Amazon Kindle Newsstand. There is a much bigger variety of magazines than in the stores, and I can purchase them from the comfort of my bed.  Yes, old magazines can be donated or recycled, and I do miss turning pages of the actual magazines, However, buying digitally is a little less waste in my corner of the world.
  • 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?

    Amy Abdai 7/10/2020 3:26 PM
    Less plastic, upcycling materials (made dog tug toys from old t-shirts), taps into my diy tendencies (enjoying making snuffle mats)
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

    Amy Abdai 7/09/2020 4:06 PM
    I have been inspired by some many others I follow on Instagram and Twitter. Hopefully, someone will be inspired to pick up a piece of trash or refuse a plastic straw by what I post. Check out my friend @iamtrashhound on Instagram. She is dedicated to cleaning the beaches where she lives. I try to follow her lead and clean up trash in my little corner of the world.

  • Amy Abdai 7/09/2020 3:56 PM
    Thank you Package Free Shop- I have been looking for a wooden bathroom brush for a long time.

  • Amy Abdai 7/08/2020 4:00 PM
    Picked up a bunch of rechargeable batteries and a charger to keep at work. It is so easy to buy single use batteries at the dollar store, but I always hate just throwing the used batteries in the garbage. Not sure why I never thought of this before. 🤦‍♀️

  • Amy Abdai 7/07/2020 3:11 PM

    • Amy Abdai 7/08/2020 12:19 PM
      Hi Carrie- The hand sanitizer above is from Target. I am stocking up on it with school starting soon (maybe). 

      This challenge really taps into my think outside the box mentality. I love to wander stores looking for those unusual items- things that are outside the norm. I have also discovered a couple brands of laundry detergent packaged in a plastic bag inside a cardboard box. The bag isn’t recyclable, but it is a reduction in plastic. 

    • Carrie Dean 7/08/2020 11:13 AM
      Thank you for sharing all the great finds! Where are you finding all these wonderful things Amy? 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Amy Abdai 7/07/2020 12:35 PM
    I had a lot of plastic mailing envelopes in the garbage I just emptied. The plastic envelopes are quick and easy for companies to mail things in, but are almost impossible to recycle. I reuse what I can, but most of the envelopes end up in the garbage. I guess I need to  reduce my online shopping 😩