July 1 - July 31, 2020

Andie Anderson

The Florida Aquarium

"Saving turtles is a hobby."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 144 This Week
  • 309 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    spent learning
  • up to
    waste audits

Andie's Actions


Thrifty Pets

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

One-Time Action


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.

One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

One-Time Action


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.

One-Time Action


Discover Together

I will spend 30 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

One-Time Action


Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.



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.

One-Time Action


  • Andie Anderson 7/08/2020 6:03 PM
    It was great to see on my take out website that there was a “no utensil” option!! No need for plastic silverware when I have perfectly good silverware at home! 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Andie Anderson 7/08/2020 6:03 PM
    I use a lot of latex gloves when doing animal care. It’s important to change gloves often not only to help prevent cross contamination, but also with heightened covid measures. I try not to use too many paper towels at home, but I do use a lot of toiletry products (floss, q-tips, cotton balls, etc.). I will try to reduce my waste in that area and eat more fresh produce. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

    Andie Anderson 7/07/2020 7:07 PM
    I will post my new toothpaste on my social media. I’m very excited for it to arrive in a metal tube!! It’s easy to buy on Amazon which I think is a big plus for many people. Most want to help, but don’t know how. The convenience of online shopping really helps people make a step in the right direction. While online shopping (especially at giant corporations) isn’t necessarily sustainable, it’s a starting point. 

  • Andie Anderson 7/07/2020 6:52 PM
    Tried to make a meal without using an prepackaged products, and unfortunately, everything I actual meal consumed had at least one ingredient that came in plastic packaging. This is going to be more difficult than I thought. 

  • Andie Anderson 7/06/2020 8:18 AM
    I purposely got cold foam on my iced coffee, so they would give me the "non-straw" lid. However, I did still get a plastic cup.....but I did recycle it!
  • 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?

    Andie Anderson 7/06/2020 8:15 AM
    The calculation told me if everyone consumed plastic like I do, there would be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2030. That's 20 years sooner than scientists are currently predicting! Yikes :( I definitely need to do better. I have been struggling with a sustainable lifestyle with recent events, and this made me realize I need to be better. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pretty oh so Pretty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

    Andie Anderson 7/05/2020 11:32 AM
    Using social media!! I’m excited for this product. I am more than willing to not only promote it on my channels, but write positive reviews for them as well. Not only is my new lipstick in a metal tube, it’s refillable!! I can buy a different color next time and keep the same tube. I’m so excited about this purchase.

  • Andie Anderson 7/05/2020 10:17 AM
    Shopped locally today and bought cake in a glass jar! It was SO delicious, and now we have two new glass jars to reuse at home.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

    Andie Anderson 7/04/2020 8:09 PM
    Social media is a great tool in getting your opinions and ideas out to the world. It’s so widely accepted now, that many times I find organizations not as credible without any sort of social media. I prefer Instagram because it makes organizations easier to tag. It’s also the platform that I know most of my peers will actually check.

  • Andie Anderson 7/04/2020 8:04 PM
    Skipped the straw today, still bummed I can’t use refillable cups at the moment.