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Tricia Jones

Dallas Zoo and Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

"Reduce my plastic consumption, that's it, just reduce my plastic consumption."

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    plastic containers
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    waste audits
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    zero-waste meals
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Tricia's Actions

Community

Say No to Styrofoam

Throughout its life cycle, polystyrene (styrofoam) can harm people, communities, and the planet. I will refuse styrofoam whenever I can, making sure to kindly let people know why I'm asking for alternative packaging.

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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.

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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.

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Community

Learn about the Harms of 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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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.

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Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 10 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

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Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

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Lobby for Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

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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.

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    Tricia Jones 7/30/2021 12:42 PM
    Food scraps - strawberry tops, peach pits, watermelon rinds, etc - cover in vinegar in a jar for a week, strain solids =  flavored vinegar for salad dressing!  Also same process with Rum, Vodka, Gin...  for those who enjoy creative cocktails!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Lobby for Reusables
    What are some of the cases you could make to an employer for why switching to durable dishes and utensils is actually in their best interest as well?

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    Tricia Jones 7/29/2021 7:16 AM
    For Green Team events that include food, I purchased some fast food baskets and the wax paper liners.  We only serve food that can be eaten without utensils - the waste is only the liner sheet.  ALSO we use water dispensers and promote attendees bringing their own cup - although we have a small supply of compostable cups on hand.  As we discuss back to work - we are reviving how we spread this gospel and hope to influence other groups.

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    Tricia Jones 7/29/2021 7:11 AM
    WOW!  Every time I do an Eco-Challenge I learn something new and am motivated to adjust my behaviors.  I did not realize how much plastic I consumed from household and beauty products and how much of my trash is compostable.  I have added a Brita 26 oz filtered water bottle to my collection - perfect for travel, refillable at any water fountain and for visiting my parents who only do bottled water - but I'm working on that! 

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    Tricia Jones 7/28/2021 7:00 AM
    Need to find a better a destination than the landfill for the compostable trash I'm creating - any ideas in Dallas?
  • 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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    Tricia Jones 7/28/2021 6:53 AM
    I generate 1 tall kitchen bag of trash each week and 2-3 paper grocery bags of recycling.  The bulk of my trash is food scraps, cat litter, used paper products.  Looking for composting options - I have a large soil pot outside that I will dump some things in to make my own soil, but melon rinds, rotten 1/2 heads of lettuce, etc should go somewhere more useful.  On the recycling - my goal is to reduce my consumption of paper & cardboard and reuse more glass & plastic - get it down to 1 bag of recycling a week.

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    Tricia Jones 7/28/2021 6:40 AM
    I love a good coffee drink on occasion - Starbucks has been an infrequent treat not a habit for me for years now.  UNTIL - I pulled out my espresso maker from the depths of my kitchen cabinets!  Now having a shot of espresso every morning with monkfruit sweetener - almost a Cafe Cubano.  Cappuccino is on my weekend (at home) brunch menu.  Instead of depriving myself of convenience items (Starbucks, fast food meals, bottled water, etc.) I'm excited about taking more control of what I put in my body, keep in my bank account and send to the landfill and recycling bins.

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    Tricia Jones 7/28/2021 6:28 AM
    Realization - I knew I ate out way too much prior to pandemic and have enjoyed learning to cook over this past year.  Last week, however, when I learned the PF Chang's near me delivered, I could not resist.  When it arrived - it struck me how much styrofoam and plastic were involved - and then I thought of how often got lunch in the food court at the office and I'm beginning to realize just how much food packaging waste I've been generating.  New habits upon the return to work - will be bringing lunch more frequently and eating out will be a sit down, no plastic experience.

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    Tricia Jones 7/26/2021 10:18 AM
    Growing my own food - in a small condo with no light!  I bought a small aerogarden 1.5 yrs ago.  It is great for starting herbs and cherry tomatoes but I have to transplant them when they get to big.  Using large protein powder containers, holes drilled in lids, an aquarium air pump, a string affixed to a hook in the ceiling (used to "stake" the tomato plant) - and plant lights have produced some tomatoes.  Not a bumper crop and I haven't gotten the water/fertilizer mix right but hope to have a desk top garden soon.  Basil grows great, but I can't get the mint growing to save my life.  Any tips would be much appreciated!  

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    Tricia Jones 7/22/2021 2:03 PM
    If we only actually recycle 7-10% of plastics, then the Reduce / ReUse / Recycle equation should be 40 / 40 /10% - we can't recycle our way out of the plastic planet we are creating!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns
    What are the most pressing environmental justice concerns in your city, town, or region? Were you aware of or affected by these local concerns before you did your research?

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    Tricia Jones 7/22/2021 2:00 PM
    Great info for Dallas residents:  https://dallascityhall.com/departments/sanitation/DCH%20Documents/pdf/Resident%27sGuide-English-N-Spanish.pdf
    Unfortunately, only 7-10% of plastic gets recycled, depending on who provides the estimates.  I think we also lose a lot to recycling bags that contain actual waste - so the whole bag gets trashed.  Additionally, people sometimes default to recycling as doing their part for the environment.  Recycling is important yes, but we should be putting much heavier emphasis on REDUCE and REUSE in our personal habits.