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Maria Watson

Sea Turtle Inc.

"Captain of our PFJ movement here at Sea Turtle Inc. I am excited about leading this movement and learning alongside our staff, volunteers, and community about how to reduce our plastic intake!"

Points Total

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  • 360 This Week
  • 1,874 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    21
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    260
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    326
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    20
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    8
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    25
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Maria's Actions

Community

Sign a Petition

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

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 20 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Give Up Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

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

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

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 5 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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

Naked Bins

I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 15 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

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 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

Community

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 30 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 10 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 28
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

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 15 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

See the Green

I will properly recycle used contact lenses and packaging.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

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 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Thoughtful Toys

I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time 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

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    Maria Watson 7/30/2021 11:40 AM
    Below I posted some of my favorite shops that carry a variety of eco-friendly products! I highly recommend you buy from them because most, if not all of those, ship without plastic packaging versus buying directly from Amazon. 
    There are sooo many ways to switch to these alternatives but it can be $$$ so remember to not just throw out the old plastic things and jump into the new stuff, use what you have left and set aside money that way you can get the eco-friendly alternative for when you run out of the other.
    Changing over to these alternatives is a PROCESS, so be easy on yourself and know that you are making a difference! 

    • Mary Duncan's avatar
      Mary Duncan 7/31/2021 11:40 AM
      I am sure you know, but there is also a way to ask for no plastic/less waste through your Amazon account too. Obviously eco-friendly sites are even better, but more people asking for less packaging from big companies, like Amazon, hopefully can eventually get them to automatically use less packaging.

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    Maria Watson 7/30/2021 11:37 AM
    I am going to list some of my favorite brands/shops that are plastic free/alternatives to single use plastics! 

    Plastic Free Pursuit
    Brightly.eco
    Package Free Shop
    Eco Impakt
    PAPR Cosmetics (deodorants)
    Koko Shop
    Dew Mighty (serum bars)
    A Drop in the Ocean 
    Biork (deodorant) 
    Final Straw
    Klean Kanteen 
    Wolven (sustainable workout gear)
    Sakroots

    Just to name a few lol
  • 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?

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    Maria Watson 7/30/2021 11:26 AM
    There are several waterways here that house endangered and threatened animals; Laguna Madre, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Rio Grande. Unfortunately there is a lot of pollution from runoff, plastic, occasional oil spills, and trash dumping. From one pdf I read for our area it said trash dumping and water pollution were some of the highest environmental concerns that happen in our area.
    This paper also noted that the highest recreational thing to do in our area was to go saltwater fishing. I believe there needs to still be a lot of education that happens for our public here to help keep our waterways safe and pollutant free, especially from nets, fishing line, and lures. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use
    What was your strategy in talking with your favorite restaurant's management? Did you find it to be effective?

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    Maria Watson 7/29/2021 7:41 PM
    Honestly, to be straight forward, giving simple facts about how damaging single use plastics can be, but also why it could impact them finically over the years too when switching to more sustainable practices. Showing them how it can impact the environment around them especially restaurants close to or on the waterways. 
    Emails and or in person are great ways to do this. I personally sent emails to restaurants back home and got emails back too! 
    My one good friend even printed out a whole list of reasons of how it would benefit them while she was a waitress there! She actually got promoted because of the initiative she showed about caring for the environment and for the company! 

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    Maria Watson 7/29/2021 7:35 PM
    GUYS!!! Only 100 points to get into 6th place!!!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Fresh as a Daisy
    Do some research on the toxic side affects of aluminum deodorant. After reading the side effects, can you think of instances where you may have experienced the side effects from this form of deodorant?

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    Maria Watson 7/29/2021 7:33 PM
    So I feel like I use a LOT of deodorant especially from working outside for the past 3.5 years and workout pretty often...so I can need a lot of help in this department lol. But what I also notice is that I don't really run through a lot of deodorant sticks either.  The one I have right now I have probably had for the past 2-3 months. This is an all natural one, but the packaging not so much.... another item I never really thought about causing much harm because I didn't see it as a single use plastic in the way that a straw is. But I am beyond excited to try different ones from one of my fav plastic free shops, "Plastic Free Pursuit". They have a brand called Pit Stop. 
    After that I would love to try PAPR deodorant as well as Biork! These are very cool brands that stand by their products. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

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    Maria Watson 7/29/2021 7:29 PM
    Soooo I don't know a whole lot about teeth if I am being honest but I know it is important to take care of them obviously. Of course.... 6 months ago at Costco I bought a 6 pick of Crest tooth paste, so I still have two more bottles but after that I will have my new plastic free one waiting to be used. I went with a plastic free one with fluoride in it. So many do not have fluoride in it so I went with one that does. The brand is called Unpaste tooth tabs. They are only about $8 for two months supply!

    • Mary Duncan's avatar
      Mary Duncan 7/31/2021 11:47 AM
      The tabs are nice because they are easy to travel with when you go on trips, and you can take them on your carry-on in a plane, no problem! :D
  • Reflection Question
    Food Give Up Gum
    Why do you chew gum? What habits could replace and meet your reasons for chewing gum?

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    Maria Watson 7/29/2021 7:14 PM
    While I do not chew gum often, I would buy a pack or two when they were on sale, without questioning it. I would typically get the ones in the plastic bins that could be recycled but even then...If I do feel the need to chew I can now get alternatives made out of plants. I have tried them before and I love how they taste and was surprised at how long they lasted as well! 
  • 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?

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    Maria Watson 7/29/2021 7:11 PM
    I started freezer my produce scraps in a bin. There is a local gardening group in Brownsville that grows all kinds of flowers, veggies, and fruits and they said they would take it to put in their compost here! I am very excited about this. I feel like it wouldn't go very well on my own here in an apartment so this seems to be my best option! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

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    Maria Watson 7/29/2021 7:07 PM
    I used SO much more than I thought... which scared me a bit. From pasta bags, to frozen foods (even if they are good for you foods like fruit), Costco sized bags.... freaking Costco man. 
    Some things are hard to get around but I have actually been eating a lot healthier during this challenge and because seeing the plastic add up from stuff I already had was sharply alarming! 
    My impact would be so much larger the more I cut down which makes me excited what I can actually continue to do!