July 1 - July 31, 2019

Brittany Connelly

Plastic Free New Orleans

"Just a tree huggin' rugger trying to save the planet. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,399 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    90
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    27
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    105
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY CHALLENGES

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 Challenge

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 Challenge

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY CHALLENGES

Pets

Pet Waste

I will spend 10 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

    Brittany Connelly 7/31/2019 8:28 PM
    Plastic is definitely from the producer, but I never understood why. Especially with produce! Broccoli wrapped in plastic drives me crazy! Even worse is veggies on a styrofoam tray AND wrapped in plastic. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Brittany Connelly 7/31/2019 8:26 PM
    It gives a sense of pride for the community and is a conversation starter when people ask what you're doing picking up garbage. 

  • Brittany Connelly 7/28/2019 12:01 PM
    Ya'll I don't know WHERE Zoo New England came from (other than New England) but they pushed us into 3rd place! Don't forget to log your previous days to get more points! We aren't too far behind them to reclaim 2nd place before Wednesday! 

  • Brittany Connelly 7/24/2019 8:39 AM
    Super excited for the Straws movie night! The youth volunteers are so inspiring! 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

    Brittany Connelly 7/21/2019 7:10 AM
    Having pets makes this an easy choice to make. While a lot of natural cleaners are on the market, using white vinegar and baking soda is a easy and safe to use in the house. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Start Composting
    Do an inventory of how much food waste you would save from going to the landfill if you start composting all of the time. What are the added benefits of having compost that is readily accessible?

    Brittany Connelly 7/21/2019 7:09 AM
    https://www.compost-now.org/ is a great resource for those interested in starting to compost! 

  • Brittany Connelly 7/19/2019 7:22 AM
    The rePurpose waste calculator paired nicely with my waste audit. While it says it isn't 100% accurate, it was nice to see how much I'm wasting and where I need to cut back on plastics (grocery store and take out seem to be #1 and #2). 

  • Brittany Connelly 7/18/2019 6:35 AM
    Through my waste-audit I've found a majority of the trash I'm producing comes from take-out containers. I'll definitely start going out to eat less, and try to bring containers with me. 

  • Brittany Connelly 7/09/2019 9:38 AM
    We caught up to Maryland Zoo once, we can do it again! Keep checking in and logging your actions!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Brittany Connelly 7/01/2019 7:50 AM
    I'm going to complete my audit as an ongoing reflection for the month. At the start, I try to throw away as little as possible and reuse small plastic bags for liners. I know my composting needs to improve. I have a good bit in my freezer currently, but I need to find a place in town to drop it off. 

    • Eliza Christovich 7/10/2019 8:39 AM
      You are doing great! I am inspired at how you are doing so much work for the environment!!

    • Brittany Connelly 7/01/2019 1:38 PM
      I found one close by my place! Thanks Jamie!  Going to bike down and drop off what's been in the freezer!  

    • Jamie Broussard 7/01/2019 12:17 PM
      There are community dropoff points at libraries all over town! You can find one that's convenient for you. Compost NOW is an awesome grassroots organization!

      https://www.compost-now.org/