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David Keliher

L.A. Zoo - Angeleno Plastic Eliminators (APE)

"https://www.patagonia.com/why-plastics/ The clothing industry has a plastic problem. To create change, it’s going to take action at all levels."

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David's Actions

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Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

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Travel Toiletries

If traveling, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me in a TSA-approved reusable quart-sized bag.

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Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 60 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 5 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 60 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

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Community

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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Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

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Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 60 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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Personal Care

Donate Zero Waste Period Products

I will donate 1 zero waste period kits to young people with periods so that they can reduce their waste and the financial burden of menstruation while continuing their education.

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Personal Care

Green Beauty

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

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Personal Care

Brush with Bamboo

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

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Personal Care

Sustainable Suds

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions with a sustainable, unpackaged, or refillable option.

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Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

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Lifestyle

Clean Plate Club

When I need to replace my dish soap, I will switch to a bar or refillable option.

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Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption

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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Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 4 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

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Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

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Go Strawless

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own reusable straw.

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Food

Use a Reusable Mug

If possible, I will avoid sending 2 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own travel cup.

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Food

Fill a Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

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Food

Choose Reusable Food Storage

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

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Skip Plastic Bags

When possible, I will not use disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags.

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  • David Keliher's avatar
    David Keliher 6/17/2022 4:29 PM
    In today’s LA Times, staff writer Susanne Rust wrote a story on the plastics ban California that could become law this fall if we vote the right way. Here is a link to the article. (I’m not sure if you can view it if you’re not a subscriber. It is a good idea to support the LA Times if you can. Without a free press you can’t have democracy. Now back to the story.)
    https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2022-06-16/plastics-ban-california-legislature-environmentalists-divided-ballot
     
    The gist of the story is this:
    Polystyrene (PS) is found in those throwaway food containers and coffee cups, etc. The EPA says only 3.6% is recycled. 
    There are two groups that want to limit polystyrene. That’s good news, right? Not so fast.
    The Ballot Measure Group wants to give us a choice whether to vote for the initiative/ballot measure that will reduce plastics the most. (The initiative is called the California Recycling and Plastic Pollution and Reduction Act of 2020.
     Here is the link:
    https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/initiatives/pdfs/19-0028A1%20%28Recycling%20Products%20%29.pdf  )
     
    The California Legislature is going another route; one that is less effective and gives away too much to the plastic manufacturers.
     
    That’s my summation. There is more to read in Ms. Rust’s story and it’s worth looking into. Instead of reinventing the horse we have been given this opportunity to support the ballot initiative. But first we have to let our state legislators know where we stand.
     
    Well, I know where I stand and I don’t want you to take my word for it. Read about this, educate yourselves, and then let’s do more than we have to get rid of the plastics that are destroying our planet.
     
    Best Wishes, dAVe

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    David Keliher 6/14/2022 2:00 PM
    maybe we need a team chant. How about, 
    "Who's an APE?
    YOU ARE!
    Who's an APE?
    I AM!
    GO GO TEAM--
    GOOOOOO APE!!!