July 1 - July 31, 2019

Carol Fusco

Bergen County Zoo Goes Green

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 562 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    16
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    10
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    146
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    14
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    30
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

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

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY CHALLENGES

Family

Discover Together

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 14
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

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 16
DAILY CHALLENGES

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 15
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Fresh as a Daisy
    Do some research on the toxic side affects of aluminum deodorant. After reading the side effects, can you think of instances where you may have experienced the side effects from this form of deodorant?

    Carol Fusco 7/30/2019 7:21 AM
    Aluminum deodorant has been linked to Alzheimer's disease.  Build up of aluminum can effect the neurons and cause a breakdown of neural pathways.
  • 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?

    Carol Fusco 7/30/2019 7:18 AM
    refraining from using particular product or buying from a company that has poor practices is one of the best ways to make an impact on a company.  Also signing a petition or creating a petition can bring attention to a situation people do not necessarily know about work well.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Carol Fusco 7/30/2019 6:41 AM
    I think the biggest concern I have is the fact that effects seem to be snowballing.  I see small changes for good happening in my local area but them you see glaciers melting and the balance of nature so off balance in many areas.  I hope we are teaching the new generations ways to cope with the changes.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel?

    Carol Fusco 7/30/2019 6:38 AM
    We had a small group cleaning but other people joined in.  It was great to have people take interest when they had other things they were going to do.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Sign a Petition
    What is a plastic-related issue in your state/province?

    Carol Fusco 7/03/2019 2:26 PM
    Today I signed the "Ban-Plastic-Bags in NJ" petition.  There was a lot of info, it feels good to make a difference!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

    Carol Fusco 7/03/2019 2:16 PM
    My daughter and I forgot our bags and we had to run out to the car to get them, definitely helps having someone doing the challenge with you!
  • 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.

    Carol Fusco 7/01/2019 3:17 PM
    I run a teen volunteer group and have noticed the group positively point out when someone skips the straw!  Several coffee shops in the area have also come up with a "sippy top" for their cold coffee cups instead of the straw.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

    Carol Fusco 7/01/2019 3:15 PM
    The bar soaps last longer and so cost less.  My family tends to use less as well , putting too much soap on a washcloth happens a lot - not anymore:)
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup
    Great job on getting rid of your disposable cup habit! How does it make you feel? What's next on your list to reduce your waste?

    Carol Fusco 6/25/2019 2:18 PM
    I brought in a reusable mug today so I no longer need to use the paper cups that are in the break room.