July 1 - July 31, 2019

Jessica Fowler

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

"My mission for the month is to protect the the environment for the plants, animals and future generations by being intentional with my daily choices to reduce the amount of plastic used by myself and my family."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,541 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    15
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    68
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    4
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    29
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    125
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Estimate Your 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 Challenge

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 5 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Family

Discover Together

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 2 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 18 OF 31
DAILY 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 31 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Lobby for Reusables

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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

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 Challenge

Food

Shop the Bulk Bins

I will purchase dry goods from the bulk section of my grocery store, and use my own containers to do so.

COMPLETED 3 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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 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 29 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

    Jessica Fowler 7/31/2019 5:01 PM
    Purchase power is pretty simple... stop buying it and they'll stop selling it. Companies choose what is profitable. Switch to something more sustainable, try it out and tell your friends what it's like. A review from someone they trust could be the difference in them deciding to make the switch. 

  • Jessica Fowler 7/31/2019 12:06 PM
    Wow! Last day already. Think of the impact we will make if everyone sticks with their new habits

  • Jessica Fowler 7/30/2019 10:38 AM
    Can't believe a whole month has gone by. I've made a handful of little changes abs I've hardly noticed an impact on my day to day life. I think it's safe to say that we don't need Plastics as much as we've been made to think we do to make life convenient.

  • Jessica Fowler 7/29/2019 4:53 PM
    Has anyone else seen the video of thousands upon thousands of unused, full water bottles FEMA supposedly left in a field in Puerto Rico? 😱😡
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156805756633655&id=108679513654

  • Jessica Fowler 7/29/2019 11:57 AM
    To the guy at the Publix deli counter that insisted plastic should go between every slice of cheese before begrudgingly agreeing not to use it.... my cheese peeled apart just fine, thank you very much!

  • Jessica Fowler 7/28/2019 5:20 PM
    I ordered cheese at the Publix deli and asked for please no plastic sheets between slices. He looked at me like I had two heads and tried to convince me I wanted the plastic otherwise the slices would be hard to peel apart. Took a bit to convince him the plastic waste wasn't worth the tiny bit of convenience. 🤷‍♀️

  • Jessica Fowler 7/28/2019 7:28 AM
    I'm not sure how legitimate 4Oceans is, but I do like their beach cleanup bag. I'm adding a bag like this one to our beach tote. This way, each time we go, we can spend at least 15 minutes cleaning up the shoreline. 
    https://4ocean.com/multi-purpose-bag/

  • Jessica Fowler 7/27/2019 7:38 PM
    Still struggling a bit to find ways to cut back on plastic when food shopping without completely breaking the bank. And I've yet to find a deli counter that will allow containers from home to be used. 

  • Jessica Fowler 7/26/2019 6:41 PM
    Why does ordering something "on the side" have to mean "in a little plastic cup"? Literally just put it on the side of the plate. :/

  • Jessica Fowler 7/25/2019 9:35 AM
    Most of my anti-plastic habits are officially routine. And while we already used reusable bags, this has helped me get better about that again. I went to the store and brought in reusable bags, but didn't have enough. Instead of using plastic bags, i just put everything back in my cart and put them in my car without a bag.