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Robyn Jones

National Aquarium

"Been a National Aquarium volunteer over two years and still learn something new everyday. It all starts with one tiny step to build a greener future 🙂"

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Robyn's actions

Family + Pets

Embrace Imperfection

Eliminating 100% of all plastic from our lives simply isn't possible. Throughout this month, I will embrace imperfection in my plastic-free journey while exploring and testing new ways to reduce my plastic footprint.

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Community

Share My Actions

One of the best ways we can create change in our communities is simply by talking about it! This month, I will make my environmental actions visible by sharing about them on my social media networks and the Plastic Free Ecochallenge participant feed.

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Kitchen

Smart Seafood

Each year, approximately 2% of all fishing gear used globally is lost to the sea, becoming "ghost gear" and continuing to impact marine animals. This month, I will reduce my seafood consumption and enjoy 1 vegetarian or vegan meals each day.

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Bathroom

Sustainable Suds

In the UK, the average person creates 512kg (1,129lbs) of waste in the bathroom over the course of their lifetime - 50% of which ends up in a landfill. As they run out, I will replace my soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions with sustainable, unpackaged, or refillable options.

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Family + Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

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Kitchen

Get Scrappy

Get creative in the kitchen (or the garden)! Before tossing food scraps, I'll explore other ways to utilize the scraps and give them another life.

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Kitchen

Dive Into Expiration Dates

Just because something is past its "expiration date," it might not actually be expired! I will spend 10 minutes learning about the difference between best by, use by, and sell by dates and how to tell if my food is actually expired.

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Kitchen

Meatless Meals

There are many benefits to enjoying meatless meals - including reducing our plastic footprint. Most meats and dairy products are packaged in plastic, so this month, I will reduce my animal product consumption and enjoy 1 vegetarian or vegan meals each day.

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Bathroom

See the Green

An estimated 50,000lbs (23,000kg) of contact lenses end up in sewage sludge in the US each year. This month, I will learn how to recycle used contact lenses and packaging or switch to wearing glasses instead.

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Bedroom

Proper Clothing Care

All those symbols on our clothes, sheets, and towels actually have meanings! To ensure that I'm caring for my clothes properly, I will spend 10 minutes learning what the care symbols mean and laundry best practices to make all of my textiles last as long as possible.

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Bedroom

Rethink Returns

While most stores offer lenient return policies, what actually happens to all of those returns? I will spend 10 minutes learning about what happens to returns and how I can make better purchasing decisions to avoid returns in the future.

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Bedroom

Recycling Textiles

Every single textile ever made will, at some point, become worn out - and dealing with that waste costs millions of tax dollars every year. I will spend 10 minutes learning about the different types of textile recycling and creating a plan for what I'll do with my clothes and other textiles when they are too worn out to use anymore.

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Study

Follow the Chasing Arrows

The chasing arrows symbol we associate with recycling doesn't always actually mean something is recyclable. I will spend at least 10 minutes learning the different meanings the symbol can have.

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Study

Divest and Reinvest

Does your savings account, retirement account, or investment account support the fossil fuel (and plastics) industry? This month, I will spend 10 minutes investigating where my investments (and where my bank's investments) are going, divest from the fossil fuel industry, and reinvest in ways that are more in alignment with my values.

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Study

Plastic History Buff

Single-use plastics are everywhere, but that wasn't always the case. I will spend at least 10 minutes learning about the history of single-use plastics and how it became ubiquitous in our daily lives.

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Study

Investigate Oil Subsidies

Our tax dollars are subsidizing the fossil fuel industry, making the cost of plastics artificially low and encouraging further plastics production. I will spend 10 minutes learning about oil subsidies and how I can advocate for their elimination.

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Study

Greenwashing Pro

Greenwashing can fool even the most experienced eco-advocate. This month, I will spend 10 minutes learning what greenwashing is, how to spot it, and what I can do about it.

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Study

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 10 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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Family + Pets

Discover Together

I will spend 10 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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Family + Pets

Balloons Blow

Although a long-standing festive tradition, balloons are harmful for animals and the environment. I will spend 10 learning about the dangers of balloons and find eco-friendly alternatives to use instead.

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Community

Keep My Community Clean

In addition to refusing and reducing my consumption of single-use plastics, I will pick up 10 piece(s) of litter each day of the Plastic Free Ecochallenge.

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Community

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 10 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 10 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

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Community

Become a Recycling Pro

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 10 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

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Community

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 10 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

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Bedroom

Declutter Sustainably

While it can be tempting to throw away (or drop off at Goodwill) any and everything that no longer brings us joy, there are so many options that are better for the planet! This month, I will declutter my home and properly dispose or re-home the things I no longer want.

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Study

Complete a Waste Audit

I will conduct a waste audit of my trash and recycling to understand how much waste I create and create a plan for where I can reduce the most.

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Study

Estimate Your Ecological Footprint

I will calculate my ecological footprint, and from the results brainstorm and take action on ways I can reduce my annual footprint.

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Study

Numbers Everywhere

The numbers #1-7 on plastics tell us a lot - and can help us be better recyclers. I will learn what these numbers mean and which types of plastics are accepted for recycling in my area.

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Study

Borrowed Books

The average paperback book has the same carbon footprint of driving about 7 miles (11 km) in an average car. Instead of purchasing new books this month, I will borrow books, e-books, and/or audiobooks from my local library or library-affiliated apps, or host a book swap with my friends.

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Study

Learn about Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

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Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

Don't forget to celebrate the good! This month, I will give shout-outs on social media, my office's internal communication channels, or the Participant Feed to a local company, coworker, friend, or family member for their sustainable efforts.

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Community

Take the pre-survey!

Help us make the Plastic Free Ecochallenge the best it can be! Take the challenge pre-survey (and look out for the post-survey at the end of the challenge!) so we can better understand the impact the challenge has and how we can improve in the future. Plus, you'll earn points for completing it! Thank you!

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Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study Plastic History Buff
    How has learning about the history of single-use plastic shifted your mindset on plastics and their function within society?

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    Robyn Jones 7/19/2024 6:04 AM
    Although marketing and advertising are the keys to get people to use single-bottled water, I tend to look into what I'm drinking. When reading the ingredients, some say minerals (e.g. salt) to get you more thirsty, and have you drink more of their water.


    It's understandable when an emergency when a neighborhood doesn't have clean water, and people use bottle water for basic needs (cooking, teeth brushing, etc.)
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study Divest and Reinvest
    Where we choose to spend (and invest) our money is one of the most powerful ways we can shape the future we want. What are some other ways you can ensure that your money is being used in ways that align with your personal values?

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    Robyn Jones 7/18/2024 1:22 PM
    I'm not surprised how much the big banks/retirement services are investing in fossil fuels. From the way gas and taxes are inflated, it's not hard to figure out the equation of why retirement stocks are the way they are. Unfortunately, this has been happening for many years. It's a huge risk no matter whom you invest in because companies can their minds and you cannot predict what happens in the future, especially when it involves money.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study Follow the Chasing Arrows
    Recycling right requires both systemic change and personal and community awareness. How can you expand what you've learned about the chasing arrows symbol to encourage broader changes in your community?

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    Robyn Jones 7/17/2024 6:55 PM
    Knowing my area, it would lead to more confusion and the final result would be to throw everything into the trash. There's a lot of economic frustration and household troubles going on and recycling will be one of the last things on their minds
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study Estimate Your Ecological Footprint
    What did you learn about your ecological footprint by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you? What are some ways you will take action to reduce your footprint?

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    Robyn Jones 7/15/2024 7:53 AM
    During my undergrad years in London over a decade, almost everything was in walking distance for me. If anything was more than 30 minutes, I would use either a public bus or underground tube (subway). London had a fee if you used your own car as transportation, and I think it still applies. Now living in the Baltimore area, we use my car more for safety reasons. We're trying our best to move to a safer location to improve our footprints

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      Robyn Jones 7/17/2024 7:07 PM
      Hi Jaden. It's sad between the two cultures/counties show what are the priorities for the public and how the funding has been spent over the years. London has homes on top of businesses, or somewhat close to another; while American cities don't always follow that structure because the tourists are the main focus (aka, businesses) and homes are more likely further out. London is also a multicultural city and full of embassies, while not so much in here.

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      Jaden Brodie 7/17/2024 10:04 AM
      Agree! Lived in London without a car and everything was reachable on foot or tube. Now I'm in Los Angeles and it's the complete opposite. No sidewalks in places and there are entire pockets that public transportation doesn't reach.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

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    Robyn Jones 7/14/2024 5:20 PM
    Most of the stuff I throw in the trash are used grocery items (raw meat platters, containers used for side dishes, etc.), which doesn't seem as bad. However when you see how much a milk container or pizza box fills up the trash can, it feels like a lot. Unfortunately my apartment area doesn't have a recycling area and closest one to us is only open when we're at work. We do try to get better of sticking to what we need for the week, and occasionally for the month (food for the bearded dragons/cat, or refill the cat litter at Petco).
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Dive Into Expiration Dates
    Were you surprised by anything you learned about expiration dates in the US? Has it changed the way you make decisions around purchasing or discarding food?

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    Robyn Jones 7/13/2024 6:10 AM
    After working in retail for a long time and living on very-low budget (no more than $20/week on groceries), I knew from experience to not 100% rely on expiration dates. We'd cut back a lot on canned food since I was trying to lose weight for military training (before the pandemic and didn't make it in) due to sodium and used more food herbs/spices. When it comes to meat shopping, we wait until clearance time to purchase them; then put them in the freezer until prepping for dinner.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Family + Pets Balloons Blow
    Had you ever considered the environmental impact of balloons before? How can you share this information with your friends and family to encourage them to avoid balloons, too?

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    Robyn Jones 7/12/2024 9:22 AM
    Although balloons can be fun and could be used in grade school science experiments, I'm not a fan of balloons. Mainly because I can easily get spooked (pop sound) and the damages they cause when animals mistaken them for food. It's ok to have celebrations without balloons. I share the information by sharing posts on social media as a reminder of why balloons are harmful to nature.

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    Robyn Jones 7/11/2024 2:20 PM
    Although it's not 100% PFJ, the hubby and I like to watch shark documentaries and sometimes films (Jaws, The Meg, etc.) during shark week. What are some of your favorite(s)?

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      Robyn Jones 7/12/2024 8:53 AM
      Hi Debra. That's fair. I'd never seen the Jaws sequels, mainly because they seem like repeats.

      We like watching the documentaries, especially a newer one about baby white sharks in NY 🙂

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      Debra Lee Norton Wear 7/11/2024 9:09 PM
      I love shark week but growing up In Florida the movie JAWS terrified me
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Family + Pets Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Robyn Jones 7/11/2024 1:55 PM
    One of the most concerning topics for me is global warming. Unfortunately global warming had been happening for years and it's getting worse each year. It's more than "this is hotter than last year", which affects all life on Earth. As a species, we are responsible for global warming as the way it is today. However, we also have the responsibility to slow it down. Small changes like tree planting, and using the car window instead of the AC, makes a difference.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Family + Pets Thrifty Pets
    How does buying used differ from buying new? How does each purchasing decision make you feel?

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    Robyn Jones 7/10/2024 6:00 AM
    We were given a few used items from fami y and friends at the beginning when our pets were younger: cat carrier and bed (carrier cushion), and blanket for the cat; bowls, lightbulbs, lamp heads, and terrariums for the bearded dragons. I don't really trust the Internet when it comes to used supplies and the yard sales near us are for dog supplies. Over the years, we bought new supplies from promotions and refill our cat litter at Petco. Sometimes at animal shelters, they have animal supplies for purchasing, where each penny goes directly to the organization (supplies, medicine, etc.)