July 1 - July 31, 2019

Andie Anderson

The Florida Aquarium

"Striving to better myself and lead others to do the same for our planet."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,399 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    18
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    7
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    57
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    54
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    170
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Visit A Waste Management Facility

I will visit a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about the waste stream.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

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

COMPLETED 19
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Takeout Pro

I will use my own containers when ordering takeout.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY CHALLENGES

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own airplane snacks and eat at local restaurants to avoid take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Pets

Pet Waste

I will spend 20 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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  • Andie Anderson 8/01/2019 7:48 PM
    Even though July is over, that doesn’t mean we give up what we’ve learned! I’m going to make a conscious effort to pick up more trash which is a pretty big deal for a germaphob like me!

  • Andie Anderson 7/31/2019 5:44 PM
    Last day of Plastic Free July!! Finished it off with a habit I’ve continued since last year, refused the free toothbrush/toothpaste package from the dentist! 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Andie Anderson 7/31/2019 5:43 PM
    I learned that I use A LOT of paper products!! I waste a lot more paper than I once thought. I use various forms of plastic, but smaller amounts of each. I definitely need to find ways to reduce my paper towel consumption. This proves difficult in employee restrooms and the gym (wiping down machinery after using it for the next guest). Is it plausible to expect employees to stop using paper towels and switch to hand towels or hand dryers? Is it logical to bring my own towel to the gym every night and add additional laundry to my ever growing pile? I’m not sure of the right answer here, but one thing I certainly need to do more of is eat more fresh produce with little packaging. That’s better for my health and the environment! 
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  • Andie Anderson 7/30/2019 5:01 PM
    Took my own spoon and coffee Tervis for our ice cream social today at work. When you don’t have a bowl, you find whatever is at your desk!

  • Andie Anderson 7/29/2019 4:09 PM
    Skipped out on the plastic side cup for my salad dressing today and put the dressing right on top (even though that makes it weigh/cost more😆)

  • Andie Anderson 7/28/2019 5:27 PM
    It’s officially the last week! Let’s not stop once this week ends, I love seeing how much our team has gotten involved this year!

  • Andie Anderson 7/27/2019 5:42 AM

  • Andie Anderson 7/25/2019 7:33 PM
    Last day of my conference and it was so rewarding. I cannot wait to share everything I’ve learned about our changing planet, especially our oceans. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Visit A Waste Management Facility
    Landfills and recycling centers tell us a lot about our communities and purchasing habits. What did you glean from your visit?

    Andie Anderson 7/25/2019 4:46 AM
    I took a sustainability tour through the University of New Hampshire. There is a 12.5 mile long pipe system from the landfill to the heat and power plant which converts the methane gas from  the landfill into usable energy for the campus. UNH wouldn’t have electricity, hot water, and other resources if it weren’t for this plant. The plant manager shared A LOT of amazing information but something that really stuck out to me was that they are getting more and more inorganic construction trash in the landfill, especially dry wall. Dry wall contains gypsum which gives off hydrogen sulfide. The turbines will shut off upon traceable contact with hydrogen sulfide because otherwise it would create sulfur dioxide. If the methane gas gets contaminated, they rely on natural gas making their efforts less sustainable and efficient. Who knew! He also discussed the issues landfills are having with carbon dioxide emissions and possible solutions in the future that could help (surrounding landfills with green houses was his idea).

  • Andie Anderson 7/24/2019 6:20 PM