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Amanda Caulfield

Zoo New England

"Let's go plastic free!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 644 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    120
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    33
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    19
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Amanda's 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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Watch a Documentary

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

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make 2 of my own cleaning products at home.

Uncompleted
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 3 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 60 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or I will make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden.

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 16
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 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Amanda Caulfield's avatar
    Amanda Caulfield 7/14/2020 4:35 PM
    Check out yourplanourplanet.sustainability.google for ways to reduce food, water and energy waste.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

    Amanda Caulfield's avatar
    Amanda Caulfield 7/10/2020 9:18 AM
    Some places now ask if customers want a straw before automatically giving them one. I ate at one restaurant where I was asked, "do you want a straw or do you want to save the turtles?"

    • Andrea Lewicki's avatar
      Andrea Lewicki 7/10/2020 9:43 AM
      I love that! I often refuse the straw by saying that I'm doing so to save the turtles :)
  • 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?

    Amanda Caulfield's avatar
    Amanda Caulfield 7/09/2020 10:41 AM
    Use spray disinfectant and cloth that you can machine wash instead of paper towels or one time use wipes to clean surfaces.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

    Amanda Caulfield's avatar
    Amanda Caulfield 7/07/2020 3:53 AM
    Besides having fresh herbs and vegetables, a garden keeps me active, makes my deck a more inviting place to spend time on and helps the environment.