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Mary Bronson

Maryland Zoo

"Want a better earth"

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    pieces of litter
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    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
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    56
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Mary's actions

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.

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Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 4 piece(s) of litter each day.

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DAILY ACTION

Study

Numbers Everywhere

The numbers #1-7 on plastics tell us a lot - and can help us be better recyclers. I will learn what these numbers mean and which types of plastics are accepted for recycling in my area.

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Study

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.

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Bedroom

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing and bedding made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Bedroom

Sunshine Bleached

I will hang-dry my laundry to use the sun as a natural bleach alternative, or use another natural bleach alternative.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Bathroom

Travel Toiletries

If traveling, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Bathroom

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Fill a Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Clean Plate Club

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

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Skip Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study Numbers Everywhere
    Were you surprised by what the different plastic identification numbers mean? How can this information help you become a better recycler?

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    Mary Bronson 7/31/2023 8:47 PM
    I did know a few things about the numbers on plastic items, but still learned a lot. The best way to help our environment is to limit the amount of plastic we use every day.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Give Some Green Gratitude
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Mary Bronson 7/23/2023 9:01 PM
    Social media can help to make people more aware of ways they can stop using plastic and use alternative products in their everyday lives. By sharing ways to do this, we are sharing our values and concern for our environment.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Skip Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Mary Bronson 7/21/2023 7:32 PM
    The more I use produce bags and refuse plastic bags by bringing my own cotton bags, it becomes much easier. It makes me sad to think of how many plastic bags are used by people that don't care about the environment.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bedroom Natural Fibers
    What are the benefits (to people, animals, and the environment) of purchasing clothes made with natural fibers?

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    Mary Bronson 7/21/2023 7:27 PM
    By using clothes made with natural fibers, we don't pollute the rivers, streams and oceans. Therefore, we save the fish that live in those waters.

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    Mary Bronson 7/17/2023 7:18 PM
    I joined the challenge to help the environment I live in. We need to care for it or we will have even more devastating changes than what we are experiencing now. If everyone would do their part, we would have a better world. It is wonderful to know that many people are trying to change their habits because of this challenge!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Mary Bronson 7/16/2023 6:01 PM
    It helps me to feel like I am an important part of my community because I am doing my part in keeping it clean and waste free. The trash then is put into the proper containers to be recycled also.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bedroom Sunshine Bleached
    The simple act of hang drying your laundry can be an act of mindfulness. Where else in your daily routine can you make mindfulness a practice?

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    Mary Bronson 7/13/2023 9:26 PM
    I can use glass food containers instead of plastic and use a molded lid instead of saran wrap.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bathroom Travel Toiletries
    What is the benefit of using bar soaps or refilling your travel sized containers? Is this an action you think you will keep in your life?

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    Mary Bronson 7/08/2023 8:01 AM
    When you use bar soap it lasts so much longer than a bottle of body wash, is better for sensitive skin and saves plastic containers from being thrown in the trash. I have been using bar soap for over a year and won't go back to body wash in plastic containers.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Clean Plate Club
    How easy was this swap for you? Did you have any concerns before making it?

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    Mary Bronson 7/05/2023 7:28 PM
    I switched from body wash to bar soap and I like it better and so does my skin. I'm saving plastic from going into the landfill also.