July 1 - July 31, 2020

Brittany Caldwell

Reid Park Zoo

"I hope to continue to do the best I can to make sustainable choices, and to lead by example in order to help my family and friends do the same. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 915 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    45
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    20
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Brittany's 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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 45 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 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

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Uncompleted
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Share My Actions

I will post to my social media networks about how reducing our plastic use is important for both environmental justice and conservation.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 30 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Natural Fibers
    What are the benefits (to people, animals, and the environment) of purchasing clothes made with natural fibers?

    Brittany Caldwell 7/30/2020 2:08 PM
    There are a number of benefits to purchasing natural fibers, some of which relate to the shedding of plastic fibers that occurs with synthetic materials. With natural fibers, there aren't microplastics ending up in the waterways every time the clothes are washed. This means animals aren't accidentally ingesting these plastics, which also means less bioaccumulation of plastics for the animals at each higher level in the food chain. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Reusable Face Coverings
    In what other ways can you use creativity or innovation to reduce your waste while adapting to our current times?

    Brittany Caldwell 7/25/2020 4:36 PM
    I have chosen not to wear disposable, single-use gloves, and instead am very careful to wash or sanitize my hands after contacting surfaces that might be contaminated, or if I have been out around people. I am not having to do significant sanitizing at home which is fortunate, but when I make trips to the store, I realize that I can't know what has or hasn't been sanitized. I carry sanitizing wipes with me, but I try to be aware of what I really need to use those wipes on so that I am not generating extra waste. Additionally, I will make a point to use self-checkout or ask to bag my own groceries to avoid getting plastic bags.