July 1 - July 31, 2019

Brett Durda

The Florida Aquarium

"Entertain, Educate and Inspire stewardship of the natural environment"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,358 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    110
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    176
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    59
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    58
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    31
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Challenges

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY CHALLENGES

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 2 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, or community garden

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 2 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY CHALLENGES

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 31
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 Challenge

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 Challenge

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own airplane snacks and eat at local restaurants to avoid take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 30
DAILY CHALLENGES

Pets

Pet Waste

I will spend 20 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Create Your Own Action

Litter patrol

I will pickup 3 pieces of trash each day

COMPLETED 8
DAILY CHALLENGES

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Pets Pet Waste
    By composting your pet waste, you are turning waste into nutrients to feed the soil. In what other ways can you turn waste into a resource in your life?

    Brett Durda 7/31/2019 3:17 AM
    I can repurpose items I have already used. I reuse a lot of buckets at my job for other purposes. These buckets cannot be recycled and would have to be thrown away. I try to use as many as possible for any and all things. I can also try to recycle items even if it means taking them to a store such as Target that recycles item numbers that my city/county does not.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

    Brett Durda 7/31/2019 3:15 AM
    It was very easy. I went to the store and found the small containers to put my liquids in. It was much easier to out them in reusable bottles rather than trying to bring my big ones with me. I had to plan a little bit in advance to buy the small bottles and fill them, but now I will not need to fill them again. It also saves me from having to fill them again for a while at least.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Water Bottles
    Using the links provided, investigate the bottling practices of water corporations. There have been many cases where the water rights of the local people have been violated or even completely disregarded when a corporation decides to bottle water from a particular water source. How can you advocate for those who have been harmed by this bottling process?

    Brett Durda 7/31/2019 3:13 AM
    I can advocate for those in harm by first trying to only purchase water, if doing so, from companies that properly source it. Also I can advocate via social media, contacting local officials, and educating friends and family about what is happening so they also avoid purchasing water from these companies as well.  
  • Reflection Question
    Family Glass Bottle Baby
    How can you take your commitment to sustainable living beyond yourself and your family? How can you, personally, work toward broader change?

    Brett Durda 7/30/2019 9:36 AM
    I can speak to coworkers and friends about how using reusable and plastic free items can help the environment and save some money in the long run. I also try to post ideas on social media for others to see. I can actively speak with others to try to have a positive effect on others.

  • Brett Durda 7/28/2019 3:54 PM
    Picked up some food to go today with my containers, the restaurant have the people in front of me a plastic bag for their food. I wish they would ask if they would need one because they are going to go home and throw it away immediately 

  • Brett Durda 7/27/2019 3:55 PM
    Refusing plastic bags and straws is starting to come second hand. I have refused so many more bags than I thought I used. Definitely going to continue the trend even after the month

  • Brett Durda 7/27/2019 5:17 AM
    Was out to dinner last night and was plastic free. Waitress offered straws and a bag for left over food. Decline both and explained why. Waitress was very understanding

  • Brett Durda 7/26/2019 3:54 AM
    Ordered and put together a shed yesterday. Not sure why the parts needed were not only wrapped in plastic but they were double wrapped. Not sure why this still happens as I have seen other companies use cardboard or paper for the parts.

  • Brett Durda 7/25/2019 7:47 AM
    I switched my toothbrush to a bamboo one and started using charcoal tooth paste. I was skeptical that they wouldn't have cleaned my teeth as well but they feel as clean as they usually do. I guess I'll find out at the dentist soon

  • Brett Durda 7/23/2019 3:34 AM
    More doom and gloom. Picked all 3 of my trash items up directly in between 2 dumpsters. Not sure if they blew out or where just litter. Hopefully will try to convince others to deposit trash in proper bins