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Matthew Bronson

Maryland Zoo

"Every little bit helps"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,660 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    39
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    7
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    215
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    12
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    73
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    52
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    9
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    17
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Matthew's Actions

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 15 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 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

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 Action

Community

Learn about the Harms of 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

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 15 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the 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

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 15 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 15 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 1 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 15 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging, making sure to wash them well before using them.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

I will purchase food items with the least amount of packaging.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 8 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 4 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Matthew Bronson 7/31/2021 12:26 PM
    Congrats team Maryland Zoo on our first place soon again this year! Now it's time to keep up the hard work until we meet again next year!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

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    Matthew Bronson 7/31/2021 12:23 PM
    I prefer to bring my own food and snacks while traveling, so this was fairly easy for me. The key is to plan ahead...
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Matthew Bronson 7/30/2021 8:07 PM
    The key to reducing plastic bag use is being prepared before you arrive. It was fairly easy to say no as long as I could catch the store employees early enough. I also tried to go through self checkout so I could better control bagging options.



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    Matthew Bronson 7/30/2021 7:55 PM
    One more day team Maryland Zoo! Let's finish strong!

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    Matthew Bronson 7/29/2021 8:51 PM
    I am curious what the difference is between the cost of plastic and paper straws for businesses.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Learn about Environmental Injustice
    What did you and your family learn about environmental justice? What questions came up for you? What feelings?

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    Matthew Bronson 7/29/2021 7:18 PM
    Plastic factories and waste does tend to be located in lower income areas. There is also more plastic use by low income groups due to purchase of low cost foods. 

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    Matthew Bronson 7/27/2021 6:40 PM
    Interesting observation today... Home construction is one area that plastic isn't overused.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Smart
    How can/did you prepare to be successful in this action? Did you engage in conversation with anyone about your new habit?

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    Matthew Bronson 7/27/2021 6:38 PM
    Plan ahead is the best way to avoid plastic use. Whether it's on vacation, at work, out to dinner, or at the store 

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    Matthew Bronson 7/26/2021 9:56 PM
    It's time for team Maryland Zoo to take over first place! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Water Bottles
    Using the links provided, investigate the bottling practices of water corporations. There have been many cases where the water rights of the local people have been violated or even completely disregarded when a corporation decides to bottle water from a particular water source. How can you advocate for those who have been harmed by this bottling process?

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    Matthew Bronson 7/26/2021 9:55 PM
    Reducing use of bottled water is the best way to reduce long term impact.