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Barbara Clark

Maryland Zoo

"Reduce my plastic footprint."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,363 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    3
    donations
    made
  • up to
    410
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    15
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    2
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    16
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Barbara's Actions

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 45 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

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Donate Zero Waste Period Products

I will donate 3 zero waste period kits to young people with periods so that they can reduce their waste and the financial burden of menstruation while continuing their education.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 1 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY 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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 5
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic reduction-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 30 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

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.

Completed
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

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Lifestyle

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit - including recyclables and compost - to understand how much waste I create and where I can reduce the most.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads.

Completed
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 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Dam the Flow
    Disposable tampons and menstrual pads are often quite expensive. What are the economic and personal benefits of this switch for you?

    Barbara Clark's avatar
    Barbara Clark 7/30/2021 10:20 PM
    The cup is a much less expensive alternative and eliminates waste going to the landfill.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    What are the most pressing environmental justice concerns in your city, town, or region? Were you aware of or affected by these local concerns before you did your research?

    Barbara Clark's avatar
    Barbara Clark 7/30/2021 10:09 PM
    One pressing problem is the elevated level of lead in drinking water in public school buildings.  I wasn’t aware of the issue before researching it.

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    Barbara Clark 7/30/2021 5:17 PM
    Since the 2019 challenge I’ve been using a soda stream rather than buying bottled or canned soda.  Instead of mixing a liter of soda, I carbonate the liter of water, then mix whatever flavor I want one glass at a time.  Developed that technique after carbonating a liter, already flavored, a few times.😱

    • Elizabeth Loehe's avatar
      Elizabeth Loehe 7/31/2021 6:51 AM
      My husband uses the soda charger with apple juice all the time,  I'll give it a try too!  --  Liz
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Barbara Clark 7/30/2021 4:55 PM
    Not sure that it’s thinking outside the box, but it’s really convenient to mix a soda stream soda in my 24oz Tervis tumbler, with travel lid, for road trips.

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    Barbara Clark 7/28/2021 7:16 PM
    I’ve had no success recycling my contact lenses, but there were other recycling programs on Terracycle.com that I wasn’t aware of. When making purchases in the future I’ll be more likely to buy products from manufacturers that provide recycling.  I wish more companies made recycling simple, like Nepresso.

    • Barbara Clark's avatar
      Barbara Clark 7/29/2021 10:04 AM
      There’s a link to TerraCycle on the Action for recycling contacts.  It looks like at one time Bausch accepted contacts from individuals, but now it looks like only drop off locations.

    • Samantha Halter's avatar
      Samantha Halter 7/29/2021 6:39 AM
      I have never heard of Terracycle but it sounds like something we should all check out! 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

    Barbara Clark's avatar
    Barbara Clark 7/28/2021 2:27 PM
    The bars are packaged in paper and in a concentrated form, so transportation costs are less and toxins from the manufacture of and disposal of plastic containers are eliminated.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Natural Fibers
    What are the benefits (to people, animals, and the environment) of purchasing clothes made with natural fibers?

    Barbara Clark's avatar
    Barbara Clark 7/28/2021 2:21 PM
    Fewer toxins and micro plastics in the environment.
  • 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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    Barbara Clark 7/28/2021 2:19 PM
    Often when postponing a purchase and not making an impulsive purchase I find the item is something I really need.  In continuing this strategy I’ll ultimately make fewer purchases in the future.

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    Barbara Clark 7/28/2021 2:09 PM
    Participating in the challenge has been a great experience.  It’s made me more aware on a daily basis of the impact of the the choices I make when shopping.  I have a greater awareness that while recycling is good, it still creates it’s own waste stream, so reducing the use of disposable items is really important.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

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    Barbara Clark 7/28/2021 1:55 PM
    I have separate bins for trash and recyclables.  I need to reduce my use of some disposable products, like paper towels and sanitizing wipes.  My use of those increased during the pandemic and I haven’t gotten back on track.