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Deb Cook

ABQ BioPark

"Be a force of positive change with a minimal foot print. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,234 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    57
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    139
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    101
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    60
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    28
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    23
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Deb's Actions

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 2 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 30
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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 2 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 3 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • 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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    Deb Cook 7/31/2021 4:39 PM
    I see a huge need for change with in the public school system.  Everything that is served to school children is with disposable plates and cutlery.  Gracious, some district consider catsup as a vegetable.  Children learn by example. They are currently learning that disposable containers/cutlery/etc are the norm.  Schools are "underfunded" and the solution is to purchase the cheapest, most convenient item which notoriously disposable.  This idealology perpetuates the  disposable society that we live in.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Deb Cook 7/31/2021 4:28 PM
    I rarely eat out so this aspect has not been a huge challenge for me.  When I do order take out, I make sure I refuse all plastic cutlery.  I generally have my bamboo cutlery on hand when in the car, water bottle on hand and snacks in reusable containers to go.  


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    Deb Cook 7/31/2021 4:25 PM
    This has been a fabulous month!  Thanks everyone:)  I will continue to reuse when I can, recycle when appropriate and refuse single use plastics when I can.


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    Deb Cook 7/30/2021 7:48 PM
    Just one more day! Let’s finish strong!

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    Deb Cook 7/25/2021 2:05 PM
    It’s a challenge to grocery shop! So many items are wrapped in plastic, sometimes unnecessarily. I have renewed my commitment to shop bulk when I can, reusing bags. 

  • 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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    Deb Cook 7/24/2021 6:16 PM
    I only purchase coffees or other drinks once I n a blue moon so my journey has been minimal. I do take pride in my ability to not lose my water bottle at work though!
    I’ll find it really helps to personalize your water bottle. I find others lose it less, usually. 

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    Deb Cook 7/24/2021 6:09 PM
    It was a great day! Picked up trash that blew into the yard after the wind yesterday 😊
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Deb Cook 7/20/2021 9:11 AM
    I love how clean and spiffy the area around my property fence looks after I pick up trash.  I am reminded of the saying "be the change you want to see".
  • 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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    Deb Cook 7/20/2021 8:18 AM
    This challenge came at the right time for me!  I have experienced a few hiccups getting back into the swing of sustainability but I have to!  ABQ is set to reenact the single use plastic bag ban:-)  
  • 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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    Deb Cook 7/20/2021 8:16 AM
    Before the world shut down, I did see positive messaging about reusable straws and the benefits of them.  Now that things are opening again, I hope that momentum is recaptured!  It's up to the consumers to help retailers remember that we want sustainable options!