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Nancy Gallagher

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 615 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    130
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    18
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    10
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill

Nancy's Actions

Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Plastic Free Lunch Boxes

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and tupperware-like containers in my children's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Swap the Snacks

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

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

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

I will post to my social media networks about how reducing our plastic use is important for both environmental justice and conservation.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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    Nancy Gallagher 7/27/2020 7:34 AM
    I have used my Sheets detergent with success. They also sell dish soap in a bar as well as “scrubbies” made from coconut fibers. Seems like a good way to eliminate more plastic, support a small American company and try new things!
  • Reflection Question
    Family Swap the Snacks
    How does swapping out prepackaged snacks for fresh fruit or veggies benefit your family?

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    Nancy Gallagher 7/22/2020 6:09 AM
    I believe that because of the awareness from this challenge I don’t even buy those prepackaged snacks. It saves money too!
  • Reflection Question
    Family Plastic Free Lunch Boxes
    Most of us know that the "3 R's" are reduce, reuse, recycle. Recycling is most heavily emphasized in modern Western culture. How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Nancy Gallagher 7/20/2020 2:15 PM
    While we recycle all we can here at my house, we have really looked at reducing plastics and other waste.
    We have always been big “reusers”! Sometimes it is here in our own house or family but other times is is through donations or to friends. I gave a set of area rugs that still had alot  of life in them to a friend doing in home daycare. Cleaned out my closet and helped her!

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    Nancy Gallagher 7/20/2020 2:10 PM
    My Sheets came today. 100 loads of laundry plus 80 dryer sheets all in recyclable boxes....no plastic. Fun to see the detergent sheet dissolve too!

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    Nancy Gallagher 7/17/2020 8:16 AM
    I have decided to try the laundry detergent sheets. They’ll be here tomorrow. Beyond just the plastic jug, there are so many ways liquid detergent affects our world. We will see! 

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    Nancy Gallagher 7/15/2020 3:34 PM
    I put up a sign at work stating that it was getting complicated to order the break room supplies. I suggested bringing silverware from home and try to bring reusable cup for water or coffee. I expected backlash but so far there is a decrease usage of plastic ware and styrofoam cups.
    It has even influenced people to take home some items for recycling, like boxes and plastic containers.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Make My Own
    How do you feel about being more involved in the food preparation process? Joyful, overwhelmed, engaged, empowered? What are the benefits of choosing to process or produce your own food instead of buying it pre-processed?

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    Nancy Gallagher 7/09/2020 12:10 PM
    I order from Yellowbird Foodshed. They provide a weekly box FULL of Ohio grown,usually small farms, produce among other things. It’s a fabulous way to start trying new things AND eliminate alot  of packaging!

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      Alison Edwards 7/10/2020 7:56 AM
      Thank you for mentioning Yellowbird, Nancy! We are so lucky to live in a state where so much awesome produce can be grown. Yellowbird's website is so awesome and has lots of farms that I am excited to look in to! 

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    Nancy Gallagher 7/07/2020 4:23 AM
    I feel like some days I do SO great and then others not so much.

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      Shelley Orloski 7/07/2020 6:29 AM
      Just keep on trying! Each day is new and exciting and a chance to do better :)

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    Nancy Gallagher 6/25/2020 5:33 PM
    I am really excited to do better than last year!