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Mary Ellsworth

ZooTampa Team

"ZooTampa Vision Statement: Everyone we touch is motivated to join us in taking action to protect and preserve wildlife."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,576 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    31
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    55
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    36
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    31
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    49
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Mary's Actions

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

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

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

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 1 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

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

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 Containers

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 10 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 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

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 20 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Mary Ellsworth's avatar
    Mary Ellsworth 7/31/2021 7:41 PM
    Thanks for a fantastic Plastic Free Ecochallenge everyone!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Smart
    How can/did you prepare to be successful in this action? Did you engage in conversation with anyone about your new habit?

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    Mary Ellsworth 7/31/2021 7:31 PM
    I often take reusable items with me on-the-go so i packed these items for my trip. 
  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Mary Ellsworth 7/31/2021 7:27 PM
    I worry about how our actions and the actions of large industries today will negatively impact future generations. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

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    Mary Ellsworth 7/31/2021 7:22 PM
    I prefer to travel with snacks so I can avoid needing to purchase overpriced food at the airport. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production
    What did you learn about how plastic production impacts humans, animals, communities, and the environment? Which of these impacts specifically affects your community?

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    Mary Ellsworth 7/30/2021 7:29 AM
    Tampa Bay sustainability initiatives often focus on the ways animals and ecosystems are impacted by pollution. The article I read discussed the ways that pollution has a greater negative impact on low income and marginalized people and communities. In the future, we should include social justice issues in our conversations about sustainability and prioritize initiatives that address inequalities.

  • Mary Ellsworth's avatar
    Mary Ellsworth 7/29/2021 7:15 AM
    3 days left of the Plastic Free EcoChallenge! 

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    Mary Ellsworth 7/28/2021 6:19 AM
    I love participating in the Plastic Free Ecochallenge! It inspires me to re-commit to more sustainable consumption habits and encourages me to see other do the same. 

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    Mary Ellsworth 7/26/2021 1:28 PM
    6 days left of the Plastic Free EcoChallenge! Keep up the strong effort and remember to check in and complete your one-time challenges.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Mary Ellsworth 7/26/2021 12:57 PM
    Social media allows us to share the personal choices we are making with a wider audience.  If we all work together to model and share our plastic free choices we can normalize these behaviors and encourage other individuals and businesses to adopt more sustainable practices. 

    • Judi Guralnick's avatar
      Judi Guralnick 7/26/2021 1:00 PM
      Hopefully.  Know too many people who think they are doing a lot, but in reality....

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    Mary Ellsworth 7/25/2021 2:20 PM
    My cat playing with an improvised fabric ribbon toy.