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Esther Dean

Oakland Zoo

"To inspire respect for and stewardship of the natural world through saying "No to Plastics"!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,146 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    31
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    145
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    22
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    74
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    41
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Esther's Actions

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 20 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

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

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors. Why not try using hair conditioner instead of shaving foam for that baby smooth feel?

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Toiletries

If traveling, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me in a TSA approved reusable quart sized bag.

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

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 28
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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 24
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

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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    Esther Dean 7/31/2020 1:50 PM
    Last Day! Way to go! You all have been doing such a great job.🎉🎊

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    Esther Dean 7/30/2020 10:01 AM
    Keep going! We are almost done.😀

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    Esther Dean 7/29/2020 8:46 AM
    I kept 2 plastic straws out of my life. 

  • Esther Dean's avatar
    Esther Dean 7/28/2020 9:30 AM
    I learned about local Environmental Justice Concerns.

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    Esther Dean 7/28/2020 9:25 AM
    I use a big water bottle instead of a plastic bottle.

  • Esther Dean's avatar
    Esther Dean 7/27/2020 1:19 PM
    We are almost done how is everyone doing?


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    Esther Dean 7/26/2020 4:01 PM
    What is the best reusable straw?

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    Esther Dean 7/25/2020 11:34 AM
    I have lots of reusable plastic containers at my house. Does anyone have a suggestion for a non-plastic reusable container. 

    • Conservation  Oakland Zoo's avatar
      Conservation Oakland Zoo 7/28/2020 5:05 PM
      Hi Ester,
      Thank you for all of the plastic free actions you are taking!!! I love getting crafty with my plastic containers when I am done using them for food, before they go to the recycling. Glass and metals are always a great way to go for reusable. Personally, I have been saving up for a Planet Box lunch box ( https://www.planetbox.com/).
      -Adrienne

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    Esther Dean 7/25/2020 11:33 AM
    We are almost there! How is everyone doing? 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup
    Since the restrictions that COVID-19 has required of our society, trying to use your own cup might present new barriers, as well as new opportunities for creative problem solving. How were you able to achieve success on this action? How can you make it a long-term habit?

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    Esther Dean 7/16/2020 7:56 PM
    I brought my own reusable bottle walking instead of using a one time water bottle. By leaving your bottle with your sports gear, in your kitchen, or by the door you can remind yourself to grab it instead of a plastic, one use bottle.