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Maureen C.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

"Exercise my responsibility--and heartfelt desire--to restore and conserve the natural wealth of this small planet."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 380 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    9
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    8
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Maureen's Actions

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 2 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 4
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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors. Why not try using hair conditioner instead of shaving foam for that baby smooth feel?

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

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  • Maureen C.'s avatar
    Maureen C. 7/29/2020 9:36 AM
    Speaking of NON-plastic everyday essentials: did you catch these great finds on The Today Show?  https://www.today.com/shop/plastic-free-july-t187897

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    Maureen C. 7/29/2020 9:33 AM
    I collect unusual mugs and antique glasses.  Need I add that my tea, fresh water or juice taste so much better in good china or glass than in plastic? LOL


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    Maureen C. 7/29/2020 9:27 AM
    I'm up to HERE in voter registration activities--by which I mean I feel guilty for not checking in more!--but the beauty of the Ecochallenge is, it makes anti-plastics a mindset and a habit!  Wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, I'm vigilant about avoiding plastics, a challenge we can meet and win!

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    Maureen C. 7/29/2020 9:22 AM
    Prob'ly can't do this every day--but yesterday, I only at finger food! Fresh fruit and veggies, pita sandwiches, popcorn. Fun, healthy, plastics-free!

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    Maureen C. 7/13/2020 7:15 PM
     easy to say, "Thanks, I don't need a bag" at checkout at those times when you pick up barely an armful. Where I live, grocery shoppers who bring their own bags have to pack them themselves. Since joining the Challenge, it's occurred to me that I could do that and live to tell about it.

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      Jennifer Richardson 7/15/2020 1:34 PM
      Hi Alison,

      Maureen can chime in as well, but I know that the Kroger near my house will allow me to use my own bags, but I have to bag my own groceries and I also keep the bags in my cart.

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      Alison Edwards 7/14/2020 7:32 AM
      Maureen, could you please share what store is allowing customers to bring their own bags? Before Covid I was really good about always carrying my own re-usable cloth bags. I have been so frustrated that most stores around me aren't allowing customers to bring bags right now. Some are still accepting bags to be recycled but I would rather use my own bags and put them through the washer if I get worried that they're germy after going to the grocery. 

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    Maureen C. 7/11/2020 10:29 AM
    Nobody said this would be easy, right? The list of where plastic is NOT is distressingly short. Still, we persist!

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    Maureen C. 7/09/2020 7:40 PM
    I chose to join this Challenge out of a dawning awareness of human abuse of our small, fragile planet. Those reports of a floating island of trash the size of TEXAS in the Pacific moved me, as did the photos of wild birds struggling in the stranglehold of plastic loops made to hold six-packs of canned soda.

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    Maureen C. 7/09/2020 7:29 PM
    y.Finding kmyself increasingly aware (and appalled!) by the unbelievable amounts of plastic in every facet of our lives!  Had a checkup with my doc (flying colors) and lost count of the volume and variety of plastics in one exam room! Anyone else tried glancing at your surroundings, taking silent inventory of the plastics?  Seems to me, manufacturers of plastic should be leveraged to re-focus their vast businesses on a sustainable, high demand commodity.

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    Maureen C. 7/09/2020 7:16 PM
    Today, it's all about fresh fruit--craving!--juicy oranges, crisp apples, watermelon and grapes. Thank goodness for the produce department, colorful refuge from ubiquitous plastic.  

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    Maureen C. 7/08/2020 11:37 PM
    Does it count to recycle plastic grocery bags for disposing of used kitty litter? Probably better not to acquire plastic bags in the first place, and use those unbiquitous cloth grocery bags. But then I won't have anything to sift soiled litter into!

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      joy kotheimer 7/12/2020 3:30 PM
      Good to repurpose for more than one use! I know they do make compostable poop bags (I use Earth Rated lavender scented ones for my dogs because it’s lovely if you’re going to be carrying around 💩). But I do make a second use of whatever bags we can’t recycle for our cat litter too- like old granola or coffee bags) 

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      Alison Edwards 7/10/2020 7:38 AM
      I have a similar struggle when it comes to having poop bags to carry with me when out on dog walks. We use a pooper scooper when we are home but you need something for when you aren't in your own yard!