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Andrea Lewicki

Zoo New England

"My mission for Plastic Free July is to be the beat Team Captain I can be for those who are helping to make a positive impact for our planet. "

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Participant Impact

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    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    2
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    45
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    38
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    14
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    5
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Andrea's Actions

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Host a Watch Party

I will host a watch party with friends and/or colleagues to watch and discuss a movie about plastics.

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

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 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic reduction-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 30 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

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

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 1 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for plastic reduction policies that are better for both the planet and people.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, dorm room, or community garden using as little plastic as possible.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Andrea Lewicki 7/17/2021 5:01 AM
    When I think about how we are affecting the planet, I worry for future generations. What kind of planet, and problems, are they inheriting? We need to do better not only for the sake of wildlife, but for all the children and grandchildren, present and future. We cannot leave them a planet that is burning and dying.    
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Andrea Lewicki 7/17/2021 4:57 AM
    Besides having access to my own fresh fruit and herbs, having my potted garden gives me a way to step back and just enjoy the little things in life. I have 10 minutes of peace and quiet while I'm watering my plants, and just get to enjoy nature a bit before the hustle & bustle of each day. 

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    Andrea Lewicki 7/15/2021 3:30 PM
    Laundry is rarely exciting, but man am I pumped to try out these laundry detergent straps!

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    Andrea Lewicki 7/13/2021 12:58 PM
    If you haven't already, be sure to check out the IMPACTS page of this site. It's amazing to see how much we can accomplish when we work together!

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    Andrea Lewicki 7/12/2021 4:31 PM
    I like that Wegmans shows customers what they are doing to be more sustainable and how they are doing it. These signs are posted near the entrances.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Sign a Petition
    What is a plastic-related issue in your state/province?

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    Andrea Lewicki 7/10/2021 10:22 AM
    The website EnvironmentMassachusetts is focused on polystyrene.

    From their site (https://environmentmassachusetts.org/feature/mae/wildlife-over-waste):
    "But for decades we’ve known that one of the worst forms of plastic pollution is polystyrene foam, the kind used in foam cups and take-out containers, what most of us call Styrofoam.
    Polystyrene foam breaks apart easily, but it persists in the environment in tiny particles—and every bit of it ever made is still out there and could continue to threaten wildlife for hundreds of years to come.
    Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our rivers and oceans for hundreds of years—especially when we don’t really need it. That’s why, along with our national network, we’re calling on more than 25 states to ban take-out foam cups and containers."

    I took the time to sign the petition to the Governor, to ban this material in Massachusetts. 

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    Andrea Lewicki 7/10/2021 7:52 AM
    In researching PepsiCo before writing them a letter, I came across their Sustainability Report from 2020. I was actually quite impressed with what they are already doing, and what they plan to do over the next 5, 10 and 20 years. In case you want to check it out, I'm sharing the links below. The first is to the actual report, the second is to their Sustainability site. 

    https://www.pepsico.com/sustainability-report/strategy
    https://www.pepsico.com/sustainability/overview


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    Andrea Lewicki 7/06/2021 6:06 AM
    On my trip to Kenya, I learned that plastic bottles are banned in the national parks and hotels/lodgings. All of the bottles are glass. I would love to see more companies in the US offering non-plastic bottles. I'll be focusing my email outreach on that today.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

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    Andrea Lewicki 7/04/2021 8:32 AM
    Social media is an effective tool for sharing your values because it has an almost unlimited reach. While an individual post might only be seen by friends (if it is not public), a friend might take the same information and share it to a broader audience. It's a great way to start conversations and educate those who are less aware of the value you are trying to promote (in this case, sustainability and protecting the planet). 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Toiletries
    What is the benefit of using bar soaps or refilling your travel sized containers? Is this an action you think you will keep in your life?

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    Andrea Lewicki 7/04/2021 8:29 AM
    The benefits of using bar soaps for traveling include: 
    • easy to pack - even soap boxes are  nice little squares that can be tucked in anywhere
    • a bar will last the duration of most trips (and likely longer), so you don't have to use multiple small bottles of travel size toiletries
    • avoid liquids that might spill
    • avoid issues getting through TSA security if you only have a carry-on bag
    I will absolutely continue to use bars whenever I travel, and more importantly, in my daily life at home. Having switched over my shampoo, conditioner, body wash and face was to bars, I no longer need to purchase any plastic bottles for the shower. It's a great feeling knowing how much waste I've personally reduced, in that one room alone!