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Karl Horak

ABQ BioPark

"Do good stuff. "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,216 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    38
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    31
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    31
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    77
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    79
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    36
    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 21
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 26
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 28
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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 8
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 30
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 28
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 27
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Karl Horak 7/31/2021 4:33 PM
    Thx, Deb, for reminding me to check in on the last day.  For once, I completed every day in this month's challenge.  

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    Karl Horak 7/31/2021 3:36 AM
    Out-of-town visitors plus a picnic = failure to avoid all plastic bags.  :-(

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    Karl Horak 7/29/2021 10:43 AM
    It's challenging to entertain out-of-town guests that you haven't seen in a decade or longer without plastic.  Fortunately, our patio plasticware is decades old, too.  

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    Karl Horak 7/28/2021 7:04 PM
    Question du jour:  Is it worse to have single-use plastic items made from petrochemicals or to burn fossil fuels in our cars and aircraft?  I've got an old cat with cancer who needs occasional injections.  Can't imagine doing this at home with old-style glass and metal syringes.  


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    Karl Horak 7/27/2021 7:58 PM
    Comin' down the home stretch! 


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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.