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Jennifer Klotz

Brandywine Zoo

"My mission this month and always is to lead by example when it comes to plastic reduction efforts."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,669 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    36
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    671
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    donations
    made
  • up to
    3.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    18
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    365
    minutes
    spent learning

Jennifer's Actions

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 4 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 10 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Coffee Craze

I will not purchase iced coffee drinks, or if I do, I will ask for them to be served in a paper "hot coffee" cup.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Takeout Utensils

Find out what to do with perfectly good, still wrapped takeout utensils and share my findings with the team.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 30 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

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

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 3 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 60 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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Eco Deodorant

I will switch to a plastic-free deodorant — whether purchased or DIY'd.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate for Plastic-Free Dining

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Better Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden using as little plastic as possible and to save from the plastic used buying herbs and veggies.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate For Better Food Packaging

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

Completed
One-Time Action

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Proper Bioplastic Disposal
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/31/2022 8:12 PM
    Climate change and biodiversity loss via use of fossil fuels and development. I don’t see political help anywhere on the horizon which greatly saddens me. Sussex County DE is the new retirement target, so land is being developed very fast to accommodate the influx. Why can’t it be stopped?
  • Reflection Question
    Community Dig into Bioplastics
    What did you learn about bioplastic production and disposal? Did anything surprise you? Are bioplastics accepted by your city's waste management?

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/31/2022 8:08 PM
    Bioplastics aren’t the answer unfortunately. It’s a cart before the horse situation. Not enough commercial composting facilities exist to manage proper disposal. There are none in DE.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about Plastic Production
    What did you learn about how plastic production impacts humans, animals, communities, and the environment? Which of these impacts specifically affects your community?

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/31/2022 8:05 PM
    I could write an essay on this! The basic lesson is to think about the negative effects the production of that piece of plastic has on people and the environment before purchasing it. Plastic is horrible IN the environment but much WORSE getting there! Climate change and environmental justice problems galore. So, even if it’s recyclable, it should only be purchased if no other option exists (or whether you need it in the first place).
  • Reflection Question
    Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel?

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/31/2022 8:11 AM
    This cleanup was planned on short notice, so only 2 people came BUT one was pageant queen Mrs. Delaware! Both participants walked to the event, which told me they're definitely committed to protecting the environment.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/30/2022 1:42 PM
    I've noticed it isn't impossible to find options with reduced or no packaging. Some items yes, but the produce section is the best example of a space you can make change. I've even passed on buying something packaged in one store because I know I can get it loose in another. Not everyone has that luxury I realize, but if you do, take it and make a difference. 
    The other day at a farm market, I bought mushrooms in that typical pint sized blue/green cardboard container. The cashier grabbed a plastic produce bag to transfer them into, but I said no need and just dumped them in my reusable bag. I'm an adult and don't intend to fling it around or throw it across the parking lot, so they're fine.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/30/2022 1:38 PM
    It makes me pay attention to what I find and think about where/who it may have come from. Ironically, since I started picking it up in early July, I've found less and have to travel farther to reach my quota. Could it be people see me and decide not to toss/drop garbage as they move around the neighborhood? Or was I seeing a cumulative effect that hasn't had a chance to build again since I'm out there often? I hope it's the former but fear it's the latter. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Donate Zero Waste Period Products
    How can having access to zero waste period products help people who menstruate overcome barriers to education or other opportunities?

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/29/2022 6:43 AM
    Oh the period! Luckily, I live in a country where management of it is easy as products are readily available, albeit plastic "in my day". Periods are difficult enough without them also preventing you from getting an education as they do in 3rd world countries. Staying at home for a week simply isn't fair! That's essentially punishment for being a woman. Not cool. Zero waste products mean girls will always have products when the time comes, so it's built in security. I didn't know about Femme Int'l until this challenge and I'm glad it gave me the opportunity to help by donating a kit. I'm thinking of making it a monthly thing, cuz hey, I'll have a personal reminder for a number of years still!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Tour A Waste Management Facility
    Landfills and recycling centers tell us a lot about our communities and purchasing habits. What did you glean from your tour?

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/28/2022 6:15 AM
    All recycling for the state of DE goes to the center we visited. There is a landfill in each county, however. I was thrilled to learn much of the material is sold and sent to companies IN THE US, primarily the East Coast. Most people, myself included, assume it goes overseas. Educators also stressed that while a lot of (cool) technology is used to sort recyclables, PEOPLE are also needed. So, it's important to remember to only include proper items for health and safety reasons first and foremost. 

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/28/2022 6:07 AM
    We're in the final 4 days team! Do your best to check off all those Actions...and you can pop back to the original list and add any extras too. Maybe you felt it was too much at the beginning but now feel so inspired and empowered, you can knock them out! Don't forget to answer Reflection Questions. It would be great if you could also add a post here and tell people about your experience this month. Scroll the Feed and get to learn your coworkers and zoo volunteers better.

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    Jennifer Klotz 7/25/2022 11:05 AM
    It's time to congratulate the winner of Week 3....Carole Webber!! The DZS Visitor Service Associate & Membership Coordinator prevented 122 pieces of plastic from lingering in the environment last week. To assist Carole in her plastic free journey, she will be receiving a bamboo dental travel kit!! Inside is a toothbrush with case, floss picks, cotton swabs and toothpaste (clearly not bamboo lol).  In total the team has collected over 800 pieces so far this month WOOT WOOT