July 1 - July 31, 2020

Carrie Dean

Reid Park Zoo

"Establish life-long plastic-reducing habits."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,761 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    21
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    932
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    225
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    120
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    123
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    83
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Carrie's Actions

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 120 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 2 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food

Lobby for Reusables

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

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

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

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

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 30 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make 6 of my own cleaning products at 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

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 31
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

Family

Provide the Alternatives

I will provide daily plastic free alternatives (straws, water bottles, cuttlery, bar soap, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.) for my family to use.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Carrie Dean 7/31/2020 10:36 AM
    Once again, this has been an amazing challenge, hard to believe it's almost over.  It has helped solidify the habits started last year and create new, hopefully long-lasting, habits.  I've learned so much from everyone participating; new techniques, products etc. to help reduce single-use plastic.  Thank you!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

    Carrie Dean 7/31/2020 10:30 AM
    It helps focus what is really needed from the impulse buys, etc.  It definitely saves money!

  • Carrie Dean 7/30/2020 10:26 AM
    There is a small patch of grass under my front window and I just noticed, in addition to dandelion, there is some wild carrot.  Might go grazing later!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Carrie Dean 7/30/2020 10:23 AM
    Most of the waste I create is food; tops of strawberries, root end of garlic and onions, squash skin, etc. Composting would definitely go a long way to alleviate the waste, but I don't really have a space to compost.  At least I now know I can sprout onions/garlic from the root, so I might try some other growing techniques. 

    • Sally Sherman 7/30/2020 1:53 PM
      Some US cities collect compostables for municipal composting. Wouldn’t it be great if Tucson started doing that?
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    Single use plastics have become normalized in our society to the point that most people don't see them as a problem. What would you say to a friend, colleague, or family member who may not understand why these disposables are an issue?

    Carrie Dean 7/29/2020 9:57 AM
    There are several ways to address people's understanding of single-use plastics.  Talk in terms of scale and if each person changed behavior what the collective impact would be.  Appeal to human health and safety concerns. And of course discuss the impact on the environment and wildlife.

  • Carrie Dean 7/29/2020 9:54 AM
    This is one of my favorite books for trying new recipes and techniques.
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  • 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?

    Carrie Dean 7/28/2020 4:45 PM
    The main challenge I have is storage space either in cabinets or in the refrigerator and freezer.  Where the single use bags take up very little space, glass and reusable plastic containers use a lot more space.  However, they are stackable, and the positive environmental impact outweighs the negatives and it just means my fridge looks like a game of Tetris!

  • Carrie Dean 7/28/2020 4:36 PM
    One things I've definitely missed since developing a sensitivity to gluten are tortillas.  Siete is a great brand for alternative flour tortillas, but they come in plastic, so found a great recipe using chickpea flour that I can make myself, thank you King Arthur Flour!

  • Carrie Dean 7/27/2020 7:55 AM
    I have to say, I am so impressed with everyone participating in this challenge.  I'm learning so much and getting great ideas from each of you!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Lobby for Reusables
    What are some of the cases you could make to an employer for why switching to durable dishes and utensils is actually in their best interest as well?

    Carrie Dean 7/27/2020 7:52 AM
    It's actually difficult right now with COVID-19 to make the case for reusable dishes and utensils in a common space for people who are not necessarily isolating at the moment.  However, we can certainly advocate for each individual using their own reusable dishes and utensils at gatherings/events as well as provide the space and resources to do so.