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Franziska Collins

ABQ BioPark

"be a model by your actions!"

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 1,186 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    60
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    190
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    40
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    50
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    68
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    42
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Franziska's Actions

Food

Make My Own

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 6 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 2 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 3 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 4 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

know what you eat

My goal is to eat as fresh as possible. I want to shop locally to support the community. Know, where my food and produce is coming from. Do some own container gardening. Cock for myself daily. No prepared or packed finished meals - reduces packaging -plastic. I chose this, because it is a so much healthier lifestyle and produces so much less trash.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Franziska Collins 7/31/2021 9:06 AM
    Specially in the grocery store, I got much more aware of how much I can skip plastic. And if it is just by not using the provided baggies  for produce. Wish more products would be packaged  in recyclable containers than in plastic.
    I‘m even thinking about making my own yoghurt to avoid that packaging.
  • 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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    Franziska Collins 7/16/2021 3:39 PM
    Since the pandemic, I ordered much more on-line. Often the cardboard can be recycled, unfortunately not all shippers use paper “filling“ but plastic air cushions. The paper filling, I reuse in my fireplace. - Winter coming of course.
    Try to change my habits again, and do shopping in local specialty stores, without packaging.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    Single use plastics have become normalized in our society to the point that most people don't see them as a problem. What would you say to a friend, colleague, or family member who may not understand why these disposables are an issue?

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    Franziska Collins 7/16/2021 3:24 PM
    Our planet is overflowing with plastic. If I do not have a cotton produce bag with me, I just put it as is in the basket.
    But it is true, so many products are packaged in single use plastic. Very hard to avoid. Try to visit shops like co-op‘s or other stores, who chose to be more aware of packaging.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Switch to Loose Leaf Tea
    Take time to reflect or meditate over your plastic-free cup of tea. Share your thoughts and reflections with us here!

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    Franziska Collins 7/16/2021 3:21 PM
    Just researched about Yogi tea bags. They do NOT contain any plastic. But wood pulp and a certain hemp,, bleached with oxygen - no chemicals involved!
    That makes me feel good to use these teas, which I like anyway.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Say No to "Flushable Wipes"
    Even though they are marketed as "flushable," disposable wipes do not disintegrate in water or the sewer system, and actually release microplastics into our waterways. How does it feel to learn this information? What do you want to do about it?

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    Franziska Collins 7/12/2021 12:24 PM
    Never ever used them. Had a motorhome for quite some time. Learned not to put anything, but fast dissolving bathroom tissues. Kept this habit at home.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup
    Since the restrictions that COVID-19 has required of our society, trying to use your own cup might present new barriers, as well as new opportunities for creative problem solving. How were you able to achieve success on this action? How can you make it a long-term habit?

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    Franziska Collins 7/12/2021 12:21 PM
    I got me a collapsible metal mug, carry it in my handbag.
  • 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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    Franziska Collins 7/12/2021 12:20 PM
    Grew up in a home where we all were very aware of spending. Also about reusing, Specially food wasn’t just thrown out.
  • 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.

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    Franziska Collins 7/12/2021 12:15 PM
    Didn’t grow up with straws (Switzerland) For me no big deal. But still carry a metal straw in my handbag.

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    Franziska Collins 7/12/2021 12:13 PM
    So far so good. In the store, I’m much more aware of what all is packed in one way plastic!! Incredible. Almost impossible to avoid all.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using reusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable food packaging or eating utensils, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

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    Franziska Collins 7/12/2021 12:10 PM
    Since about 1 year, I have a bag with cloth napkin, metal straw and silverware in my handbag. Whenever the occasion arises, I’m prepared.