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Maureen Bronson

Maryland Zoo

"Reduce my footprint and help others do the same one straw at a time!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,541 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    72
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    280
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    175
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    72
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Maureen's Actions

Family

Discover Together

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

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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

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

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

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

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 18 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 Reusable Water Bottles

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 31
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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 1 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Provide the Alternatives

I will provide daily plastic free alternatives (straws, water bottles, cuttlery, bar soap, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.) for my family to use.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Reusable Containers

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Maureen Bronson 7/31/2021 8:47 PM
    We are using up more and more green space on this planet with garbage. Every family that doesn't pay attention to their waste teachers their children to do the same. We are a right now, convenience society. We have lost site of the camping mantra of leaving things better than we found them. Parents have to lead the way to teaching the next generation a better way to buy and a better way to consume.

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    Maureen Bronson 7/31/2021 5:51 AM
    It definitely helps to reduce plastic when your family is on board too. It also helps when you have an extended family member modeling for you and cheering you on (I'm taking about you Dr Ellen). Thank you Bronsons!

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    Maureen Bronson 7/31/2021 5:43 AM
    This challenge is always such a reminder of what we can do. Now I just have to try to keep the momentum going!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care That Was a Close Shave
    What have you noticed about the economic and social impact of switching to steel razors? Was there ever really a need for disposable razors, or do you think it was just a way to sell more things?

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    Maureen Bronson 7/30/2021 7:44 PM
    I'm not sure what social impact you would see switching as most people don't shave in public. 😂 I use an epilator instead of disposable razors on my legs. Eventually they pay off, but with sales I think making the eco choice is more about doing the right thing.

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    Maureen Bronson 7/30/2021 7:41 PM
    Chinese food tonight that came in totally reusable containers! ❤️

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      Maureen Bronson 7/31/2021 7:12 AM
      We live in Wisconsin, so it might be a bit of a drive (Dr Ellen's family). It's called iSpoon in case you ever get around here.

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      Elizabeth Loehe 7/31/2021 6:39 AM
      Hurray, what restauant?  --  Liz
  • 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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    Maureen Bronson 7/29/2021 12:54 PM
    We don't go fully in on this, but we bring snacks, reusable water bottles, share toiletries, and generally try to be aware of what we are using. We are realistic that we don't eat the leftovers on vacation, so we pay attention to what we order and don't waste containers on what we won't eat.

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    Maureen Bronson 7/29/2021 12:50 PM
    I have started using bar soap for my hands in the bathroom and bar shampoo as well. I'm really enjoying it and strongly considering switching to bar soap in the shower too. I have to admit that it added to the experience to get to shop for soap dishes. 😂 The one that I ordered online came wrapped in paper, a small amount of bubble wrap, and CORNSTARCH packing peanuts. Almost plastic free! The other was from Target and my family skipped the bag. So many wins.

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    Maureen Bronson 7/29/2021 12:44 PM
    This challenge has me so much more aware of plastics and other things that aren't good for our planet. I cringe at the "what a good, cool dad" commercial that has them making some with huge amounts of glitter. I get frustrated when straws are given to me without my consent. I get excited when I go out and leftover containers aren't styrofoam.

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    Maureen Bronson 7/27/2021 10:37 PM
    I went to Home Depot and bought a 5# bag of sand. The guy that checked me out still asked if I wanted a bag, but in a tone that it was obvious that it would be overkill. I guess that's not as bad as the ones that try to shove a bag down your throat. It would be interesting if things were flipped and you had to ask for a bag instead of assuming that a customer wants one.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

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    Maureen Bronson 7/27/2021 10:34 PM
    I think overall we do pretty well with food waste. There are times we have to throw away leftovers that didn't get eaten, but it's not a huge amount. We compost, so not as much goes in the trash either. I think the biggest way we could improve is to cook in smaller amounts of in amounts that leave just one serving. We also need to communicate better.