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Helena Burgueño

Zoo New England

"Who knew 2020 would be the year that I learn how to make my own deodorant"

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Participant Impact

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    conversations
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    330
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    16
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    280
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill

Helena's Actions

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

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Community

Host a Watch Party

I will host a watch party with friends and/or colleagues to watch and discuss a movie about plastics.

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Family

Plastic Free Lunch Boxes

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and tupperware-like containers in my children's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 2 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

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One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 20 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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One-Time Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 9 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Helena Burgueño 7/31/2020 7:09 AM
    Today I’m getting my sourdough starter back in action - I had one before the pandemic hit but then I hunkered down at another house, forgot it at home, and it got moldy. Triste. 

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    Helena Burgueño 7/30/2020 5:41 AM
    Today I’m working on kombucha again!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Fresh as a Daisy
    Do some research on the toxic side affects of aluminum deodorant. After reading the side effects, can you think of instances where you may have experienced the side effects from this form of deodorant?

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    Helena Burgueño 7/29/2020 3:21 PM
    It seems like the main concerns regarding side effects of using aluminum deodorants are breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease but in terms of personal experience, I don’t like the idea that an antiperspirant blocks my pores from sweating which is, obviously what they need to do to get stuff out of my body!!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Host a Watch Party
    How does hosting a watch party help you to get to know your guests, connect them to the cause you are focusing on, and build your community?

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    Helena Burgueño 7/29/2020 5:28 AM
    My sister and I reflected after watching the documentary but what's surprised me the most is how much we've been talking about it since. A watch-party is a perfect means of bridging communities through a cause because it's as simple as watching TV. It doesn't require a lot of effort on the participants' part but it transfers a lot of information at one time! And then if you follow up with a discussion, you're in the money!

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    Helena Burgueño 7/29/2020 5:09 AM
    I can’t believe there are only a few more days of Plastic Free July - I kind of joined this on a whim but it’s given me a lot to think about and I’m certain that this is something I’ll continue to think about even after July is over! 

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    Helena Burgueño 7/28/2020 7:14 AM
    I think I'm going to just give up on the whole 'anti-perspirant' part of the deodorant game and stick with the smelling neutral, if not nice. I've been wearing regular 'anti-perspirant' deodorant since puberty and, you know what? I still get pit stains! All the time!! So clearly it's not working and I'm clogging my cute little pores up with gunk so adios contaminos.

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    Helena Burgueño 7/28/2020 7:12 AM
    I have to admit, I think I will miss smelling like 'Mango Madness' and 'Vanilla Sunshine' if/when I switch to natural deodorant but if there's one thing I've learned during this pandemic and having no need to leave the house (therefore no need to smell good) it's that my own musk isn't really that bad. Or maybe that's just me who thinks that. I think I still probably need deodorant....

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    Helena Burgueño 7/28/2020 7:11 AM
    Thinking about whether or not I could mix a little essential oil into my deodorant and, if so, which one!?

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    Helena Burgueño 7/28/2020 7:10 AM
    Thinking about deodorant sprays - if I can get a reusable (preferably not plastic, but also do they make those....) spray bottle I could do the salt/baking soda/water method...

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    Helena Burgueño 7/28/2020 7:10 AM
    The resources that PFJ attached to this task are very helpful but it's definitely going to take some experimenting to figure out what works for me. After reading the first article I was all - YUP I'm gonna make myself some shea butter and coconut oil deodorant and then the next article commented on the oil stains those deodorants give you and I was thinking - what kind of DUMBOPANTS would use so much oil on their pits and not think about the clothing stains?? So I haven't quite figured out what's best yet