July 1 - July 31, 2020

Grace DaFonseca

Zoo New England

"To bring creativity, energy, and inspiration to the Zoos and our conservation awareness efforts throughout the Greater Boston area."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,307 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    110
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    7
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    22
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    9
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    12
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Grace's Actions

Community

Host a Watch Party

I will host a watch party with friends and/or colleagues to watch and discuss a movie about plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

Completed
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

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

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

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

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

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

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

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 15 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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 6
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 13
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 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 12
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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • 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?

    Grace DaFonseca 7/29/2020 9:22 AM
    I was actually pretty surprised at my result from the plastic consumption calculator.  I was expecting it to be better than it was, especially with the lifestyle changes I have made since doing PFJ last year and this year.  It goes to show that there is always room for improvement and I am motivated to do even better!

  • Grace DaFonseca 7/27/2020 3:38 PM
    I went on a walk over the weekend along Boston Harbor.  I was horrified by the amount of plastic waste I saw in the water and along the shoreline.  Straws, utensils, all kinds of bags and bottles...
    The thing is, I have been on this same walk dozens of times and I never noticed all this plastic before.  I am super happy that I am doing this challenge because it is making me much more aware of how big an issue plastic waste actually is.  I am now extra motivated to talk to as many people as I can about this, so people don't continue to walk by what I did everyday without even noticing it. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Host a Watch Party
    How does hosting a watch party help you to get to know your guests, connect them to the cause you are focusing on, and build your community?

    Grace DaFonseca 7/25/2020 6:22 AM
    This was a virtual watch party where we were able to watch the same documentary and spend time discussing it afterwards.  It was great to hear them respond to the movie in such a passionate way - especially because I had not heard them talk about environmental causes previously.  I think this was very effective at getting them to connect with the cause, and I hope they can take what they learned and apply it to their lives every day.  

  • Grace DaFonseca 7/18/2020 11:10 AM
    Check out TerraCycle - they offer free recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help you collect and recycle your hard-to-recycle waste.
  • 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.

    Grace DaFonseca 7/12/2020 1:40 PM
    There are so many different types of reusable straws available on the market now, and they are available through more retailers than ever.  The accessibility of reusable straws shows that it doesn't have to be difficult to make a swap from disposable.   
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Grace DaFonseca 7/12/2020 1:36 PM
    After my waste audit, I did some research, and I discovered that much of the waste I generate can be recycled - just not through my waste mgmt company.  There are resources and programs available to recycle some of the tougher items like batteries, office supplies, clothes, et al. I plan to take advantage of some of these programs in addition to reducing my overall amount of waste.