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Jordyn Lewis

SF Teaching Zoo Zero Wasters

"To leave it better than I found it."

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participant impact

  • UP TO
    20
    pounds
    food waste prevented
  • UP TO
    1
    conversation
    with a person
  • UP TO
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    970
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • UP TO
    7
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    36
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Jordyn's actions

Kitchen

Use What You Have

The only thing worse than a single-use item is a zero-use item! I will use (and use up) what I already have in my home before buying something new.

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Kitchen

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

DONATE OLD CELLPHONES AT GORILLAS ON THE LINE DROP BOX

Gorillas are on the line! Will you answer the call? Electronics are connected to gorillas via an ore called Coltan. Coltan is refined into Tantalum which coats capacitors inside e-gadgets and makes them energy efficient. This ore is found in great quantity in the Congo, home to the critically endangered gorilla and chimpanzee. The U.N. has reported that in the past five years the eastern lowland gorilla population in the Congo has declined 90% owing to these mining operations and related poaching of gorillas for bushmeat. Recycling your cell phones helps save these animals by raising funds for gorilla conservation and reducing the demand for Coltan. You can donate your old cell phones, smartphones, ipads, ipods, tablets, GPS, smartwatches, digital cameras and all the cords and cables that come with them. Any condition is fine. A electronics donation box can be found right outside the Zoo's ticket window. BE SURE TO WIPE YOUR DATA AHEAD OF TIME.

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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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Bedroom

Sunshine Bleached

I will hang-dry my laundry to use the sun as a natural bleach alternative, or use another natural bleach alternative.

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Bedroom

Catch Those Microfibers

When we wash our clothes, the heat and friction causes our clothes to wear down, releasing microfibers into the water stream. To combat and prevent these microfibers as much as possible, in addition to following best laundry practices, I will use a microfiber catcher in my laundry, or install a microfiber filter for my washing machine.

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Bathroom

Travel Toiletries

Travel-size toiletries aren't just more expensive per ounce, they also have a higher plastic-to-contents ratio, and result in over 980 tonnes (2.2 million pounds) of plastic waste each year. If traveling this month, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me.

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Bathroom

Green Beauty

Globally, packaging manufacturers make about $25 billion each year on plastic beauty and personal care packaging. That's a whole lot of plastic - nearly all of which ends up in landfills. When it's time to buy more, I will replace my beauty products with refillable, sustainable, and/or DIY options.

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Kitchen

Shop the Bulk Bins

I will purchase dry goods from the bulk section of my grocery store, and I will use my own containers whenever possible (cloth bags, mason jars, even reused Ziploc bags will do!). When it's not possible to use my own containers, I will wash and reuse the containers offered by the store.

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Kitchen

Visit the Butcher

I will purchase meats and cheeses from the deli counter or a butcher shop, and use my own containers to do so.

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Kitchen

Save Jars for Reuse

Pinterest may want you to think that you need a cupboard full of matching mason jars, but reusing what we already have is one of the best ways to reduce our waste. This month, instead of recycling glass jars (such as pasta sauce, pickles, and salsa jars), I will save them to reuse for food storage.

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Kitchen

Start Composting

Composting isn't just good for soil! Composting your food scraps and other organic materials decreases your overall trash output, so you don't have to take the trash out as often and extend the life of your trash bags (i.e. use less plastic!). This month, I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school and avoid sending 1 pounds of food waste to landfill each day.

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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 5 minutes learning the different meanings the symbol can have.

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Study

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

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Bathroom

Homemade or Refillable Cleaners

Surface cleaners, glass cleaners, floor cleaners, oven cleaners, toilet cleaners...there's a whole lot of plastic waste involved in cleaning our homes - plus ingredients that can be harmful to aquatic ecosystems and our health. This month, I will make my own cleaning products or choose plastic-free, refillable options.

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Bathroom

A Greener Shower

Most conventional shower curtain liners are made from polyvinyl chloride (or PVC), which contains chlorine, phthalates, and plasticizers, and typically need replaced often. When it's time to replace my shower curtain liner, I will replace it with a plastic-free option and research the best ways to care for it.

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Bathroom

Pearly Whites

Nearly all toothpaste tubes are made from multiple layers of different types of plastic and aluminum, making them impossible to recycle and destined for landfill. When it's time to replace my current toothpaste, I will replace it with a plastic-free option.

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Bathroom

Brush with Bamboo

In the US, about 1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away each year. And because plastic is designed to last, nearly every plastic toothbrush ever created still exists. When it's time to replace my current toothbrush, I will replace it with a plastic-free bamboo option.

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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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Community

Go For a Walk

Science has shown that focused time in nature calms our over-worked frontal lobe and gives space for the areas of our brain associated with emotions, pleasure, and empathy to take over, providing a sense of calm that is measurable in brain scans and even blood tests. Each day this month, I will spend 30 minutes outside in nature, and share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the Participant Feed.

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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 1 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

Clean the Dryer Vent

Every time we tumble dry our laundry, our clothes' lifespans get a little shorter. The lint trap is evidence of the shedding fibers and our clothes slowly losing their quality. The less time our clothes need to be in the dryer, the longer they'll last. So this month, I will clean my dryer's interior and exterior air vents to help the dryer work more efficiently (and extend the life of the dryer!).

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Bedroom

Natural Fibers

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

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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
    Bedroom Rethink Returns
    How has learning what happens to returns influenced how you make purchasing decisions?

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    Jordyn Lewis 7/16/2024 5:30 PM
    Returns are great in theory, you believe you are not wasting an item if you dont need it by returning it. However, this isnt always the case. Ive been trying to use my dollars wisely and research items better to be sure it is something I wont return. Shopping in person also helps.

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      Julie Mapes 7/18/2024 5:09 PM
      Some places (beauty or items that can expire) are often discarded. Publix usually discards returns, while some beauty places will let employees take home if want (and clearly not opened) or discard. Unfortunate.

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    Jordyn Lewis 7/15/2024 6:29 PM
    I havent answered why I joined this challenge yet.

    I did it to see in what ways I could do better, past the obvious reduce reuse and recycle. I’ve felt I've been pretty good about most of it, but knew there were ways to improve and I have learned a lot so far.

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      Julie Mapes 7/16/2024 5:24 PM
      Hi Jordyn,
      That is great! I think just being open minded to being aware of our personal footprint is a great effort. In time, you’ll become more self-conscious in making decisions that some things will become automatic or second nature. Good start!

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    Jordyn Lewis 7/15/2024 6:12 PM
    Something that I have started doing lately is being more aware of my paper usage, as that ties into plastic waste from packaging. I have been more aware of how much tp I use, you dont really need to wrap your hand lol and am using swedish sponges instead of paper towels. I also have silicone inserts for my airfryer and it had made using aluminum or parchment paper less necessary.

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      Julie Mapes 7/19/2024 6:42 PM
      lol. I’m a folder of TP and know how many squares are sufficient. I need to look into the Swedish towels. That is cool that you have silicone inserts for the air fryer! I’ll have to tell my daughter about them. I had previously bought her some thin paper inserts for her air fryer. Now sure if they have used it lately though.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bathroom Green Beauty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

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    Jordyn Lewis 7/15/2024 5:42 PM
    Honestly I do not use much if any beauty products. But I do believe minimizing packaging is a great step in this achievement. I think we should encourage others to shop brands that use reusable bottles and that have secondary uses.
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    Bathroom Brush with Bamboo
    What are the benefits of switching to bamboo toothbrushes? How would you implore others in your community to make this switch as well?

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    Jordyn Lewis 7/15/2024 5:38 PM
    Bamboo is fantastic and softer than plastic. Great choice!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bathroom 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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    Jordyn Lewis 7/15/2024 5:36 PM
    I love doing this especially as it allows me to continue my routines while traveling and not have to worry about what ingredients are in random travel size items. Definitely will continue. Its also easier than lugging full size containers on road trips and saves space.
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    Kitchen Start Composting
    Do an inventory of how much food waste you would save from going to the landfill if you start composting all of the time. What are the added benefits of having compost that is readily accessible?

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    Jordyn Lewis 7/10/2024 11:54 AM
    Composting my fruit peels and scraps to my garden has been nice. I have also been saving eggshells to crush and spread in the soil.

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      Julie Mapes 7/15/2024 5:18 PM
      Hi Jordyn, putting the food peels back into the earth is such a great resource. I wish it were easier to compost and not such a smelly thing. I donate my scraps to a friend who has a small
      Compost.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Bathroom Homemade or Refillable Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

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    Jordyn Lewis 7/10/2024 11:51 AM
    I find they work better than store made cleansers and they do not irritate my lungs or skin. Vinegar and baking soda have been my go tos
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Go For a Walk
    What have you noticed about your mental and/or physical health while going on daily walks? How has it affected other areas of your life?

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    Jordyn Lewis 7/10/2024 11:50 AM
    Its been so hot lately but I find myself drawn outside. Its been nice although very sweaty!
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    Kitchen Use What You Have
    Besides the economic benefits of using the things we already own, how can this practice impact our lives in other ways and influence the way we interact with "things"?

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    Jordyn Lewis 7/10/2024 11:49 AM
    I have been organizing my home and finding a few items ive been gifted over the years and have been trying to use them as I can.