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Deb Cook

ABQ BioPark

"I will do my part in creating change towards a more sustainable lifestyle by reducing my carbon footprint,making better purchasing choices and helping others do the same. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,027 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    20
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    95
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    97
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    39
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill

Deb's Actions

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 10 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

Community

Estimate My 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 Action

Pets

Thrifty Pets

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Cornstarch Poop Bags

I will use cornstarch waste pick up bags for my dog instead of plastic bags.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 2 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

I will post to my social media networks about how reducing our plastic use is important for both environmental justice and conservation.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Deb Cook's avatar
    Deb Cook 7/31/2020 7:36 AM
    Thanks Team BioPark!  This has been a great month wrought with challenges and new normals :-) 
    Each person is capable of change and I urge everyone to keep challenging themselves!

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    Deb Cook 7/30/2020 12:08 PM
    Team BioPark has done a ton of good work!  Thank you!!!!

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    Deb Cook 7/28/2020 11:17 AM
    Just a reminder folks!  CABQ curbside recycling will take small electronics and appliances!!!  Broken phone chargers (not the phone), toasters, that old Ninja Bullet that nearly melted, electric can openers, cordless telephones and the like.  Happy day!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

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    Deb Cook 7/24/2020 12:18 PM
    I knew I was doing moderately well by USA standards with my consumption but I felt a bit put off by the wording used by the website.  I do not feel that shaming someone will spur them into action.   
    I was surprised with how much I use compared to those in other countries.  We need to support more local grocers that use less packaging versus huge chain stores that carry only packaged everything.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Thrifty Pets
    How does buying used differ from buying new? How does each purchasing decision make you feel?

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    Deb Cook 7/23/2020 9:31 AM
    Buying used reduces the demand (by a little) for new products thus using less raw materials and energy. While a few used item purchases doesn't seem like it has any effect when done by only one person, it does when hundreds or thousands people make the same choice.

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    Deb Cook 7/21/2020 12:49 PM
    This challenge has been a mixed bag of good and need to improve. I am excelling with no take-out food, thus no disposable boxes and such but I am having a hard time with not being able to utilize the bulk bins at grocery stores.  But.....I still go with the flow and do my best with what is available/presented.  
    Gotta say though, cornstarch poo bags for walking the dog are THE way to go:-)

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    Deb Cook 7/17/2020 2:48 PM
    A renewed sense of duty to kick some plastic booty with this challenge hit me after reading an article about microplastics in the Arctic. 
    https://earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/sensing-our-planet/unwelcome-enrichment-in-the-arctic

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    Deb Cook 7/16/2020 6:59 AM
    I am finding this more challenging than last year!  I am hesitant to put my produce straight into the cart as I have done in the past but now I find myself reaching for the plastic produce bags:-(   
    What a dilemma!

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      Deb Cook 7/17/2020 2:43 PM
      I really like the small box idea Allyson!  Thank you!

    • Carol White's avatar
      Carol White 7/16/2020 8:39 AM
      Allyson, that's a good idea. I don't want to use the plastic bags but don't want to put produce directly in the cart either. Thanks

    • Allyson Zahm's avatar
      Allyson Zahm 7/16/2020 8:13 AM
      Maybe you could bring a small basket or box from home to put in your cart? If your store disinfects the conveyor belt at the checkout counter, then you could unload your box/basket at checkout...

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    Deb Cook 7/07/2020 2:00 PM
    While I'm not thrilled that so many stores are using plastic bags at check out again and many do not allow you to bring your own bags into the store, I find this is a great time to challenge myself to devise new ways to minimize my plastic bag use. 

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    Deb Cook 7/05/2020 1:42 PM
    The fireworks from last night were......loud, amazing and a great opportunity to pick up more trash. Ugh.