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Patricia Hofmeister

Saint Louis Zoo Employees and Volunteers

"MAKING THIS A BETTER WORLD FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,466 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    29
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    12
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    245
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    497
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    36
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    47
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    70
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    34
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    38
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Patricia's Actions

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

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

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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 30 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 6 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 23
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 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

I will purchase food items with the least amount of packaging.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Patricia Hofmeister 7/14/2021 2:39 PM
    Good news.  Used a can of Campbell's soup today and the lid has printing that says Recyclable. Non-BPA Lining.  We've always recycled the cans and lids but I believe this is good news because it shows that a company as big as Campbells is aware that not all lids are recyclable and helping inform their buyers.

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    Patricia Hofmeister 7/14/2021 12:35 PM
    Last night several of us decided to have Crazy Bowls for dinner.  I was so excited to see that their bowls are not made of plastic or styrofoam, but heavy paper which is recyclable. 

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    Patricia Hofmeister 7/13/2021 2:17 PM
    Watched a zoom on St. Louis city recycling today which was provided by the zoo.  I was amazed at how much I already knew because of past eccochallenges.
    I also volunteered at the zoo today and was pleased to see howm little trash there was compared to my last visit.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

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    Patricia Hofmeister 7/12/2021 3:04 PM
    It's the containers that are so costly, so refilling them saves money.  A personal benefit is that I know I am sending less plastic into recycling/landfill.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Proper Bioplastic Disposal
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Patricia Hofmeister 7/12/2021 2:59 PM
    We are destroying our oceans by our dumping of trash.  I was so saddened to see that within a few months of our wearing masks, the disposable masks were showing up in our oceans and fish were getting tangled in them.  I have spoken with my family and friends about cutting off the ear pieces before throwing them away.  Even better is to use cloth masks that are washable and therefore reusable.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

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    Patricia Hofmeister 7/12/2021 2:56 PM
    learned that the recycling bin is much fuller than the trash can.  Most of the trash contains used paper towels.  We can use cloth towels to reduce this waste.

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    Patricia Hofmeister 7/12/2021 2:43 PM
    I mentioned to Rachel Drochter today that I am doing the reduce plastic eccochallenge and shared my idea that the zoo stop giving plastic bottles of water to volunteers and she's going to pass it on to special events. It's a step in the right direction!

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    Patricia Hofmeister 7/11/2021 1:51 PM
    In a previous post, I had mentioned that a friend's sister was making mats for the homeless out of plastic bags.  It takes 850 plastic bags for 1 twin size mat.  My husband continues to get plastic bags so I'm so glad to have a useful purpose for them.  I now have a picture of where my bags have gone!

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    Patricia Hofmeister 7/11/2021 1:30 PM
    I am enjoying using my new bamboo utensils and saying no to plastic ware.

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    Patricia Hofmeister 7/10/2021 3:55 PM
    I volunteered at the zoo today for Primate Canopy Trails Member Preview.  It made me wonder why the zoo is still providing bottled water to volunteers.  Couldn't we ask them to bring their own reusable containers?