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Krystina Jarvis

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

"Do what you can, when you can, where you can. Progress > Perfection."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,113 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    5.0
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    51
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted

Krystina's Actions

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 30 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Green Beauty

When it's time to buy more, I will replace my beauty products with refillable, sustainable, and/or DIY options.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use a Reusable Mug

If possible, I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own travel cup.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Krystina Jarvis 8/01/2022 1:11 PM
    We did it, team!! Plastic Free Ecochallenge 2022 is in the books! How did this month go for you?
  • 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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    Krystina Jarvis 7/31/2022 2:22 PM
    Most of my waste was food-related. Some things I can better avoid (take out and last-minute on the go snacks, for example), but overall I'm feeling pretty okay with my audit! I've been trying to cook at home more and plan ahead better for when I'm going to be away from home to have unpackaged snacks with me. I always love this exercise.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

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    Krystina Jarvis 7/29/2022 3:06 PM
    I've learned that I don't really buy anything outside of items for "health and safety" anyway, but I do enjoy meeting friends at our favorite local cidery, which obviously isn't for health or safety 😅 Other than that I don't really buy anything except food so now I just need to refocus my efforts to cook at home more.

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    Krystina Jarvis 7/25/2022 10:16 PM
    Big win today! Before COVID I always took my own glass containers to the butcher but since then I've gotten out of the habit. Today I finally worked up the courage to try it again and it worked! It was sooo convenient because the container I had them put it in was the same I was cooking in so it meant less waste and less mess. Big win for this year's Plastic Free Ecochallenge for me! 🥳
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug
    Since the restrictions that COVID-19 has required of our society, trying to use your own cup might present new barriers, as well as new opportunities for creative problem solving. How were you able to achieve success on this action? How can you make it a long-term habit?

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    Krystina Jarvis 7/13/2022 12:50 PM
    My closest Starbucks is a drive-thru only. Pre-covid days, they allowed personal cups but they still aren't allowing them anymore. This challenge has made me more aware of how often I would still go there out of convenience, when there are several other local coffee shops that are happy to use my personal cups - while being able to support local business. 

    Mainly from this challenge so far I've been more intentional about making coffee at home and not getting coffee out and about, but when I am on the go, I've become so aware of whether or not I have a personal cup with me. 

    No cup = no coffee. 

    This used to be easy for me pre-covid, but this challenge has really helped get me back into the habit!

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    Krystina Jarvis 7/13/2022 12:46 PM
    Hey Columbus Zoo team! Quick reminder that this week's prize winner will be awarded to the teammate (not including myself 😉) with the most posts to the feed! While comments don't count towards points in this challenge, they DO count in this week's prize contest. So be sure not just to read and post to the feed, but also engage with the feed! Cheer a teammate on, offer suggestions, or ask follow-up questions 💙

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    Krystina Jarvis 7/11/2022 7:09 PM
    Being sick and having no appetite really helps with the not buying anything thing 😂 I hope everyone else's week is off to a great start!

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      Krystina Jarvis 7/13/2022 12:43 PM
      Thank you, Nancy! Finally up and moving today after several days in bed. Time to get back into the challenge!

    • Nancy Gallagher's avatar
      Nancy Gallagher 7/13/2022 10:16 AM
      Hope you’re on the road to recovery!

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    Krystina Jarvis 7/08/2022 6:15 PM
    CONGRATULATIONS to Stephanie Johnson for having the most points on the Columbus Zoo team so far! 🥳🥳🥳

    Stephanie - please send me an email (plasticfree@columbuszoo.org) so we can get you your prize!

    NEXT WEEK'S WINNER will be the teammate with the most posts to the feed, including comments. So make sure you're checking out the feed and engaging with other teammates' posts!

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    Krystina Jarvis 7/07/2022 4:18 PM
    It's the end of Week One! How are we feeling, team?? (PS - Remember that tomorrow morning we're announcing our first prize winner for the teammate with the most points to date!)

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      Nancy Gallagher 7/09/2022 7:31 AM
      Every year I’ve done this I find a way to improve. Using the food I buy efficiently has been a several months’ journey. I even make my own veggie stock now!

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    Krystina Jarvis 7/06/2022 9:29 AM
    Hey Columbus Zoo team! Just a quick reminder that we'll be announcing our first prize winner on Friday morning for whoever has the most points! Be sure to check in, log those actions, post to the feed, and complete your profile!