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Beth Casagrande

Maryland Zoo

"“The future depends on what you do today.” - Mahatma Gandhi"

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,156 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    147
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    47
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    19
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    103
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Beth's actions

Kitchen

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 2 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Skip Plastic Bags

When possible, I will not use disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Family + Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Numbers Everywhere

The numbers #1-7 on plastics tell us a lot - and can help us be better recyclers. I will learn what these numbers mean and which types of plastics are accepted for recycling in my area.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Follow the Chasing Arrows

The chasing arrows symbol we associate with recycling doesn't always actually mean something is recyclable. I will spend at least 10 minutes learning the different meanings the symbol can have.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Study

Estimate Your Ecological Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint, and from the results brainstorm and take action on ways I can reduce my annual footprint.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Choose Reusable Food Storage

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

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Plastic Free Lunch Boxes

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

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Try a New Recipe

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 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Cook a Plastic Free Meal

I will prepare meals at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
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To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


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    Beth Casagrande 7/31/2023 6:51 PM
    Last day! What a great July. Hoping to keep up a lot of these for the whole year.

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    Beth Casagrande 7/21/2023 7:40 AM
    “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”— Franklin D. Roosevelt

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    Beth Casagrande 7/17/2023 6:23 AM
    “The most environmentally friendly product is the one you didn’t buy.” – Joshua Becker
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

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    Beth Casagrande 7/14/2023 11:09 AM
    Reducing spending has made me realize what is actually a necessity and what is something I just want to get. Hopefully this will become more of a habit and I can save money, then spend it on experiences instead of material things.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Family + Pets Thrifty Pets
    How does buying used differ from buying new? How does each purchasing decision make you feel?

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    Beth Casagrande 7/14/2023 11:06 AM
    It was very easy to find used things for my dog. There is more initial cleaning involved to make sure its safe since I don't know where its been, but he loved them just the same as toys bought from the store. My dog loves stuffed animals so getting 50 cent stuffed animals from a yardsale for him to destroy in a month is much better than buying new ones from petco.

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    Beth Casagrande 7/14/2023 11:04 AM
    "It cannot be right to manufacture billions of objects that are used for a matter of minutes, and then are with us for centuries." – Roz Savage

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    Beth Casagrande 7/10/2023 6:45 AM
    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”— Margaret Mead
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Plastic Free Lunch Boxes
    Beyond reducing waste, there are many benefits to packing zero waste lunches (for kids or yourself!). What other benefits have you noticed from this practice?

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    Beth Casagrande 7/10/2023 6:24 AM
    I have been eating less processed foods and more fresh/homemade foods from making this switch!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Choose Reusable Food Storage
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Beth Casagrande 7/10/2023 6:23 AM
    I've been using bees wax wraps instead of plastic wrap to store food in bowls at the house. It's reusable and easy to use!

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    Beth Casagrande 7/05/2023 10:38 AM
    Keep going everyone! Doing great