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Mugdha Chiplunkar

Seattle Aquarium Teens

"reducing, reusing, recycling ✨"

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    14
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Mugdha's Actions

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

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One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

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Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Read + Listen

My goal is to finish reading the nonfiction book 'A Plastic Ocean' by Captain Charles Moore and keep up with the podcast 'How to Save a Planet' by Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Alex Blumberg. I chose this goal because I think it is a fun way to educate myself about the negative impacts of pollution and human-made change on our environment.

COMPLETED 17
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    Mugdha Chiplunkar 7/31/2021 10:53 PM
    I read some more of Plastic Ocean by Charles Moore today, and I have to say, it is not an easy read. This book really makes you think about our values and needs as a society, as well as the sheer amount of plastic we make, consume, and throw away. I am so glad to have participated in this challenge and I hope to continue reducing the amount of plastic I use!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production
    What did you learn about how plastic production impacts humans, animals, communities, and the environment? Which of these impacts specifically affects your community?

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    Mugdha Chiplunkar 7/30/2021 10:54 PM
    Plastic accumulates in the ecosystem through bioaccumulation. This poses a threat to all species in the food chain, especially top predators as they involuntarily consume the highest amounts of accumulated microplastics. In the salish sea ecosystem, I think the orcas as well as humans that eat salmon and trout are at most risk of ingesting plastic.

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    Mugdha Chiplunkar 7/27/2021 11:46 PM
    Picking up trash is becoming something of a habit now :) Especially in places like my school campus where there are plenty of garbage bins around, it is very easy to throw away plastic wrappers and masks that I find lying around. A quick tip would be to locate your nearest garbage bin before you start picking up anything!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle 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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    Mugdha Chiplunkar 7/26/2021 1:13 PM
    My family and I usually only buy essential items when we're grocery shopping so I thought this challenge would be easy, but I'm realizing that it is not! I am a lot more conscious about my needs and wants now, and buying only what I need makes me feel good about myself. I think I will continue doing this for a long time!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Mugdha Chiplunkar 7/02/2021 2:57 PM
    By growing something on my own, I save plastic and money since I don't have to buy it from a grocery store.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Mugdha Chiplunkar 7/01/2021 8:05 PM
    I'm glad that I decided against going to the store today for non-essential, plastic-packaged items (cake!). I've been trying to reduce grocery-related plastics for a while now, and this challenge is definitely helping me achieve that goal!

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    Mugdha Chiplunkar 7/01/2021 7:52 PM
    I continued reading 'A Plastic Ocean' by Capt. Charles Moore today! The part I read gives a brief history of the invention of plastic and how it escalated from being just a wartime technological advancement to an essential element of American consumerism culture. I also read about one of the shortcomings of scientific reports- sometimes the results are not explicitly shared with the public or local government to raise awareness and garner support for a cause, in this case plastic pollution in the ocean, and this often leads to worsening of the problem.