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Patricia Jonas

National Aquarium

"Reduce my use of single use plastic; advocate for policy change to reduce reliance on plastic; and remove plastic waste from the environment."

Points Total

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Participant Impact

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    community events
    hosted or attended
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    1
    donations
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  • up to
    295
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1,956
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    120
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    36
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Patricia's Actions

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 15 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 6 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

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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

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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

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 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Patricia Jonas 7/27/2021 8:15 AM
    Probably should have taken a before and after photo, but noticed today that there are far fewer plastic containers in my bathroom and kitchen than at the start of the month and more glass containers.  

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    Patricia Jonas 7/23/2021 8:45 AM
    Lady in the park gave me an “eye roll” when I mentioned PFJ but she also said she had prepared for the plastic bag ban by buying reusable bags for shopping.  And she had used them a couple of times. So even if folks are not able to embrace the “challenge”, it seems like behaviors are changing.  

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    Patricia Jonas 7/21/2021 9:58 AM
    Plastic and Jellyfish — “Researchers in the North Atlantic collected small pieces of plastic with more than half colonized by jellyfish polyps, suggesting plastic could make jellyfish factories mobile with the potential to transport invasive species to new places”.  From the book “Spineless” (2017).  Another reason to consider the impact of even the smallest pieces of plastic that we encounter every day.  Around the harbor you can see lots of these small pieces that were once a part of a larger item that was broken apart.   Discouraging at times.  

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    Patricia Jonas 7/17/2021 5:15 AM
    A PFJ haiku inspired by litter pickup today - 
    Do you need a straw?
    Asks the turtle, fish and bird.
    Look beneath your feet. 

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    Patricia Jonas 7/16/2021 4:37 AM
    Going on a road trip this weekend? You might play “Spot the Plastic” on your drive. Extra fun if you spot one of these (usually found near car washes and car dealerships along with their friends - the Big Balloons). 
     

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    Patricia Jonas 7/15/2021 5:01 AM
    Just an interesting issue about plastic - many museum artifacts are made of plastic and museum conservationists and restorers are finding a challenge.  “…some plastic materials change over time. They crack and drizzle. They ‘weep’ out additives. They melt into sludge.  All of which creates huge headaches for institutions, such  as museums, trying to preserve culturally important objects.”  Much like Tupperware that gets ‘sticky’ over time, it turns out that things that we want to keep are not so “keep-able” in their original plastic form.  (From July 2 issue of Science).

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    Patricia Jonas 7/14/2021 3:55 PM
    A former teacher told me that a few years ago she would collect plastic straws and cutlery that were routinely given at restaurants and use them for craft projects with students.  Some of the kids told her she should be refusing the plastic and so she was the one who “learned the lesson”.  Very encouraging to hear.  

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    Patricia Jonas 7/13/2021 4:13 PM
    Plastic is popular because usually it is “cheap and convenient.”  Some of the alternatives that I have explored are less convenient initially and initially there can also an upfront cost  associated when replacing plastic.  While I am motivated by information about the dangers of plastic to the planet and my health to overcome these two obstacles, I wonder what messaging will be needed to motivate those that are currently not as persuaded that they can or want to give up “cheap and convenient.”  I know it is possible but it will be a challenge.  

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    Patricia Jonas 7/12/2021 5:07 PM
    On a hot and humid summer day, picking up litter (especially food related and used PPE) can be a little “yucky”.  I use a protective gardening glove from a home supply store that I can easily disinfect.  

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      Patricia Jonas 7/26/2021 9:03 AM
      Yes, I usually throw them in the laundry and sometimes hand wash with disinfecting type of soap.  I try and keep a clean pair in a bag with me for those times when something really needs to get picked up but I don’t want to touch it without the gloves.  

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      Megan Anderson 7/26/2021 8:47 AM
      That's a great idea.  I hate the thought of using disposable gloves for garbage cleanup. I think I can picture the kind of glove you're talking about - Do you just toss it in the laundry?

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    Patricia Jonas 7/11/2021 5:34 PM
    An interesting exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum called “The Secret Life of Earth” includes a discussion about plastic pollution as well as climate change. It’s there until September 5.