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Grace DaFonseca

Zoo New England

"My mission this year is to continue to educate myself, my family, and my friends on the true impact our consumer choices have on our environment. "

Points Total

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Participant Impact

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    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    285
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    29
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    32
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Grace's Actions

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 2 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 13
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 9
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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 60 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 30 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

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

Uncompleted
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

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

Community

Host a Watch Party

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Sign a Petition

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 30 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 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

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 30 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

Lather Up

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

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 0
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 1
DAILY ACTION

Lifestyle

Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 15 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Grace DaFonseca's avatar
    Grace DaFonseca 7/31/2021 5:08 PM
    Another great plastic-free July in the books! Looking forward to carrying what I learned into the rest of the year and doing it again next July! 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Natural Fibers
    What are the benefits (to people, animals, and the environment) of purchasing clothes made with natural fibers?

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    Grace DaFonseca 7/25/2021 1:49 PM
    One big benefit I found in my research is the reduction of micro plastics produced when doing laundry. Non-natural clothing materials can release micro/nano plastics into the water while in the washing machine. Using natural fibers will help prevent these from entering into the water system. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Just Say No
    Do some research on polystyrene and polyvinyl. How many items in your house already contain these toxins?

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    Grace DaFonseca 7/23/2021 12:01 PM
    More than I would have guessed!  Some items are obvious, like plastic cutlery, but some were less obvious because they are not items I am consciously thinking about when considering my plastic use.  For example, I never thought about the fact that my smoke detectors are made of polystyrene or that most of my flooring is PVC! 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Prevent Recycling Contamination
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Grace DaFonseca 7/19/2021 8:09 AM
    I found a handy tool on the city of Boston's website where you can search particular materials/items to see if they are recyclable locally, part of an annual drop-off date, etc.  The hardest part for me is when I find something that I don't feel comfortable placing in the regular trash, but am not given any other options by the city (an example here is batteries). 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

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    Grace DaFonseca 7/12/2021 5:04 AM
    My biggest source of waste is leftover food that is no longer fresh.  Either produce/prepared foods that I did not get to finish, or meal prepping that I made way too much of.  I can combat this waste on two fronts:
    1. Meal planning each week which can help me ID ingredients I can use multiple times.
    2. Buying less which will be easier to do with the meal planning.
  • 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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    Grace DaFonseca 7/10/2021 6:21 PM
    Yes! I was at Fenway today and they have discontinued plastic single-use straws. They are not providing reusable ones, but have switched to lids you can sip from. 
  • Reflection Question
    Family Swap the Snacks
    How does swapping out prepackaged snacks for fresh fruit or veggies benefit your family?

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    Grace DaFonseca 7/06/2021 6:37 PM
    I’ve been guilty of buying fruit already cut up because I felt it was more convenient. But they come in plastic containers and are more expensive then buying the whole fruit to cut up yourself. I’ve found that cutting up a pineapple doesn’t take long at all and saves me money! 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Grace DaFonseca 7/05/2021 3:11 PM
    Be more thoughtful when making purchases - do I really need this?  What materials is it made of? What do I know about the company and their practices regarding sustainability? Will I still like this next year or is it trendy and destined to be waste at some point soon? 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Sign a Petition
    What is a plastic-related issue in your state/province?

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    Grace DaFonseca 7/04/2021 4:52 AM
    The high number of plastic straws given out by fast food restaurants. They are not recyclable and often end up in the ocean (I’ve seen more than I can count floating in Boston harbor). A ban would encourage people to use reusable options or forgo the straw altogether. 

  • Grace DaFonseca's avatar
    Grace DaFonseca 6/30/2021 6:37 AM
    So excited to be doing this again this year! Thanks for setting up a team, ZNE!

    • Andrea Lewicki's avatar
      Andrea Lewicki 6/30/2021 11:42 AM
      Thanks for joining us again Grace! It's great to have you on our team!