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Jessica Fowler

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

"Choose to Refuse, Skip the Straw and all the good stuff!"

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  • 1,250 Total

Participant Impact

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    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
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    1
    documentaries
    watched
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    5
    donations
    made
  • up to
    3
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    100
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    60
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Jessica's Actions

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 60 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Donate Zero Waste Period Products

I will donate 4 zero waste period kits to young people with periods so that they can reduce their waste and the financial burden of menstruation while continuing their education.

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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make 2 of my own cleaning products at home.

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

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 1 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 60 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Jessica Fowler's avatar
    Jessica Fowler 7/30/2020 6:20 PM
    It's been a good month of recommitting to good habits and adopting a few new ones. Its frustrating the current pandemic has limit efforts in some ways (no reusable containers allower at bulk bins) but I've tried to do my best to compensate in other ways
  • Reflection Question
    Food Say No to Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Jessica Fowler 7/30/2020 6:15 PM
    Not using plastic bags is actually far more convenient. Reusable totes hold so much more and are much easier to carry. The only trouble is making sure you always have them on hand when you need them.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Jessica Fowler 7/30/2020 6:14 PM
    For stuff around the house, we've managed to find reusable replacements for just about everything. I don't even remember the last time I bought saran wrap. Ive had the same package in my pantry for over 3 years now
  • Reflection Question
    Family Swap the Snacks
    How does swapping out prepackaged snacks for fresh fruit or veggies benefit your family?

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    Jessica Fowler 7/30/2020 6:12 PM
    Prepackaged snacks are definitely more of the junk food. Sticking to low or no packaging food usually means sticking to healthy food
  • 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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    Jessica Fowler 7/30/2020 6:11 PM
    What concerns me most is that the problems only seem to be getting worse and no one has a handle on the long term consequences of it all
  • Reflection Question
    Community Raise Money For a Nonprofit
    What are organizations in your region doing to address plastic pollution or other related issues? How can you support them?

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    Jessica Fowler 7/30/2020 6:04 PM
    I wish there were more organizations working locally to reduce plastic. I try to support those who are by shopping with them or eating places that dont use plastic for their to go packages
  • Reflection Question
    Community Host a Watch Party
    How does hosting a watch party help you to get to know your guests, connect them to the cause you are focusing on, and build your community?

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    Jessica Fowler 7/30/2020 6:02 PM
    We did a virtual watch but it was nice to know friends were willing to take the time to learn

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    Jessica Fowler 7/25/2020 8:30 PM
    Struggling to understand why school supplies require so much plastic packaging. Do the pencils really need to come in cardboard boxes wrapped in plastic then wrapped in plastic again as a 12 pack? 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

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    Jessica Fowler 7/24/2020 7:20 PM
    I wish i saw more of a change. Unfortunately even with Starbucks switching their lids, people still want straws. I know very few people who carry reusable straws around with them.

    • Maria Watson's avatar
      Maria Watson 7/26/2020 10:02 AM
      That's where people like us can start a conversation with others, in person or online to help explain to people why it is so important to switch to more sustainable/reusable products! 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pretty oh so Pretty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

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    Jessica Fowler 7/24/2020 7:18 PM
    My favorite way to advicate it to gift people plastic free products. If i find something i really like that replaces a traditionally plastic- packaged product, its nice to gift one to a friend who might like it and be willing to make the switch away from plastic.