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Karl Horak

ABQ BioPark

"Do good stuff. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 40 This Week
  • 1,046 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    32
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    28
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    27
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    67
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    62
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    25
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Karl's Actions

Food

Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

COMPLETED 17
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 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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 24
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 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 23
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 4 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Karl Horak 7/26/2021 3:19 PM
    Question for the BioPark hive-mind:  What's your preferred type of bag to replace those flimsy plastic produce bags?  Is there something you use that can go from grocery cart to car to fridge that keeps produce fresh?  I've tried a few "sustainable" products, but they don't hold up or they don't protect the produce enough from drying out in the veggie crisper drawer.


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    Karl Horak 7/26/2021 7:04 AM
    It's a beautiful Monday morning and the Nature's Notebook crew will be down at the Cottonwood Gallery taking phenology observations.  Join us at the Botanic Garden Education Building at 9:30 if you'd like to see how it's done.  

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    Karl Horak 7/25/2021 2:35 AM
    Today's Arlo and Janis comic is right on target... https://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/2021/07/25 

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    Karl Horak 7/25/2021 2:33 AM
    Beautiful day for a bike ride in the Bosque.  Not much plastic involved except reusing for the zillionth time my bicycle water bottle.  And just to show you how "plastic blind" we can be, I noticed for the first time that my car's rear-mount  bike rack is 99% plastic.  

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    Karl Horak 7/23/2021 2:43 PM
    Nothing to do with plastic, but boy howdy, that was some thunderstorm.  We still need more monsoon rain.  I guess I should be careful for what I wish.  

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    Karl Horak 7/21/2021 4:54 PM
    Years ago I picked up a couple reusable wine bags at Smith's.  Each holds 6 bottles without any dangerous clanking between bottles.  So today, using 2 of those wine bags instead of 12 paper or plastic bags to individually wrap and separate each bottle, I saved a ton of stuff from the landfill.   They seem to hold up well and have lasted years.  

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    Karl Horak 7/20/2021 3:12 PM
    Just a wee bit breezy outside right now.  Downdrafts from the thunderstorm on the east side of town.  Wonder if it will dampen the Evening Tour at the Botanic Garden later?  In any event, it'll likely blow in some more plastic litter to add to my clean-up count.  

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    Karl Horak 7/20/2021 8:44 AM
    I see that Bezos and friends made it to the edge of space and back.  I wonder how much plastic (let alone CO2) was single-use plastic onboard Blue Origin?

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    Karl Horak 7/20/2021 8:42 AM
    These hot days, I'm routinely emptying my 20 oz insulated reusable water bottle.  

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    Karl Horak 7/19/2021 12:59 AM
    Just checked team scores and I'm tied with Fran.  That can mean only one thing--make a comment so I nab 5 extra points for just a little typing.  Eat my dust, Fran!