July 1 - July 31, 2020

Carrie Dean

Reid Park Zoo

"Establish life-long plastic-reducing habits."

Points Total

  • 40 Today
  • 279 This Week
  • 761 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    372
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    89
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    45
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    35
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    30
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Carrie's 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 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 11
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

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Discover Together

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

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

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

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 11
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Uncompleted
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

Food

Lobby for Reusables

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make 6 of my own cleaning products at home.

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.

Uncompleted
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 11
DAILY 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

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  • Carrie Dean 7/11/2020 7:41 AM
    Reducing my food waste, sprouting green onions (two days of growth)!
    Sprouting Green Onion.JPG 2.03 MB

  • Carrie Dean 7/10/2020 7:40 AM
    While trying different home, food processing methods, I started thinking about mason jars, often touted as the remedy to single-use plastic containers, but what's the stuff on the underside of the metal lid?  After lots of searching, it is indeed plastic and contains BPA, which can seep into food and has harmful health effects; and I could not find a plastic-free lid alternative.  This, in my mind, negates the care taken and health benefits in growing organic food (I now hear my Dad's voice , "All food is organic, my dear."), alright, pesticide/herbicide free food that is then canned with a plastic, BPA-containing lid.  More searching, resulted in an alternative, Weck Jars!  As soon as I saw the pictures of the jars, I had more flashbacks to my youth.  Helping my Grandma can pickled beets (my sister and I stained from head to toe with the red color), making and canning raspberry jam (per our Papa, the proper raspberry picking protocol was one raspberry for the bucket, one for us), and countless other fruits and vegetables all from my grandparent's garden.  Weck jars use a natural rubber ring and some metal clamps to help seal the glass jars, no BPA; just steer clear of the Keep Fresh lids, which are plastic.  https://weckjars.com/

    • Sally Sherman 7/10/2020 1:26 PM
      Yikes, I hadn’t thought of those lids! I suppose there’s also BPA in other jar lids. But now what to do with all the jars I already have?? Seems so counter-productive to get rid of them when they already exist. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make My Own
    How do you feel about being more involved in the food preparation process? Joyful, overwhelmed, engaged, empowered? What are the benefits of choosing to process or produce your own food instead of buying it pre-processed?

    Carrie Dean 7/10/2020 7:11 AM
    It is definitely a lot more work, but it's also fun and I get to make things to my taste.  It's also given me a sense of nostalgia thinking back to childhood and helping my sister make her wonderful peach chutney!

  • Carrie Dean 7/09/2020 10:50 AM
    Taking stock in which plastic-free changes made last year that are now part of my routine.  I realized, there isn't a disposable, food storage, plastic bag in sight! I either switched to glass storage (thank you Pyrex!) or reusable plastic storage.  Here are some of my favorites (gallon size not shown, because they are all in use).  Also, can't believe I'm doing photo shoots with food storage now!  
    Plastic Storage.JPG 3.04 MB

  • Carrie Dean 7/08/2020 11:11 AM
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

    Carrie Dean 7/08/2020 11:09 AM
    As everyone these days, I've been doing a lot of cleaning.  Not only am I reducing single-use plastic bottles by making my own cleaners, but also the nasty chemicals (irritated eyes and burning lungs aren't good in the best of times)!  Plus, I get to use pretty, blue, glass bottles.

  • Carrie Dean 7/07/2020 9:11 AM
    Minimizing plastic while getting groceries delivered (due to COVID-19) is proving difficult; I order non-prepackaged veggies, but they're still put in a plastic bag for delivery; however, I have figured out an end run.  If I order squash as my veggie (instead of broccoli, asparagus, etc.), there evidently isn't the "need" to put them in a plastic bag, woohoo!  Acorn, butternut, and delicata squash are featuring prominently in my recipes these days; their seeds make for a good, roasted snack too.

    • Stephanie ~ ;) 7/07/2020 10:49 AM
      Carrie, Wow, great job using the seeds! Maybe I'll try roasting seeds... 

  • Carrie Dean 7/06/2020 7:24 AM
    Social and environmental justice are intertwined, "When we don't protect the least in society, it puts everyone at risk."  I will act for change and equal justice for all.

  • Carrie Dean 7/05/2020 8:43 AM
    I have some single use plastic containers that I've saved over the year. Rather than throwing them away, I use the containers for paints, art projects, and an indoor garden!
  • Reflection Question
    Family Thoughtful Toys
    Does your child play differently with natural or repurposed toys than with other toys? If so, how?

    Carrie Dean 7/04/2020 9:48 AM
    I know this doesn't really answer the question. I have no children myself, but I enjoy celebrating friend's children; with a special bundle on the way soon (shout out to Rachael and Jonathan)! Whenever I shop for baby shower gifts, I go for 100% organic cotton clothing, wooden (FSC) toys, etc. With the possible exposure to toxic chemicals in utero, I try to keep items for baby as natural as possible.  https://obgyn.ucsf.edu/news/toxic-chemicals-pregnant-women-and-their-newborns#:~:text=Researchers%20measured%20polychlorinated%20biphenyls%20(PCBs,their%20babies'%20umbilical%20cord%20blood.