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Karina Balsley

Virginia Zoo

"Improving habits to help save the environment "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,002 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    69
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    76
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    140
    minutes
    spent learning

Karina's Actions

Food

Chop without plastic

Replace your plastic cutting boards with bamboo or other natural material boards.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

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

Skip Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Karina Balsley's avatar
    Karina Balsley 7/31/2022 9:20 AM
    Well, here we are at the end of July. I've really enjoyed this year's plastic free Ecochallenge, although, it feels like the month sped by. I'm excited to carry on my new habits and actions all through this year, and beyond. Great job everyone 🎉

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    Karina Balsley 7/24/2022 8:34 AM
    Today I spent around an hour researching sustainable fashion. I completed this action last year, and decided to look further into it this challenge. Being as eco-friendly as you can is often difficult and discouraging. Making sustainable fashion choices is no exception. My advice: Be mindful. Only purchase clothing (or anything for that matter) when you need it. Look into sustainable options, thrift stores are a good budget friendly one. Wear your clothes (wherever you got them from) for as long as they last. Repurpose old falling apart clothing into new clothing, art, or kitchen rags!

    I also found this 10 question sustainable fashion quiz it's good way to test your knowledge (plus the results include horrible clothing puns):
    https://www.earthday.org/sustainable-fashion-quiz/

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    Karina Balsley 7/01/2022 3:09 PM
    I did Plastic Free Ecochallenge last year, and it helped me change quite a few of my habits for the better. I'm excited to be here again! :) ♻