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Elizabeth Loehe

Maryland Zoo

"Be more aware and thoughtful about use of plastic."

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Participant Impact

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    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
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    2
    documentaries
    watched
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    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    4
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    285
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    575
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    68
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    52
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    32
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Elizabeth's Actions

Food

Review plastic in refrigerator and freezer

Look thru the single-use plastic items in the fridge and freezer and pantry shelves. Pick one that can be eliminated or replaced with a better option next time.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 2 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 20 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 20 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 15 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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!

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

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

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

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 15
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

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

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Containers

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

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 3 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/31/2021 6:43 AM
    Last day, and I'm noticing it's now a HABIT - thinking about plastic while shopping!

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/31/2021 6:42 AM
    Hey Sinclair, I have two suggestions for August and forward - how about you check on with us, say monthly, to see how we are doing!   and how about we start a list of local restaurants doing paper carryout or not - what do you all think?  --  Liz

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/30/2021 8:00 AM
    I'm going to do a single-use-plastic inventory for 3 days to look for other items I can eliminate!

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/30/2021 7:57 AM
    This was my first year doing this, and it was fun and informative!  

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/29/2021 6:01 AM
    It's time to sprint to the end!  This has been fun!

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/29/2021 5:59 AM
    This challenge has really helped raised my awareness of plastic.  Next week I'll try to find a non-plastic alternative to me cherished Donald Duck orange juice!

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/28/2021 7:28 AM
    I think I'll contribute to eco-challenge - I've learned and had fun with this worth at least $35!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Buy Only What I Need
    As you have reduced your spending, what have you noticed about your 'health and safety' purchasing habits? How might this change your longer term purchasing decisions?

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/28/2021 7:26 AM
    Buying from weekly procery list helps a lot, plus any staples on sale.  Making the list is a good exercise to review what's in the fridge and freezer!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Ditch Dryer Sheets
    Often, single-use and disposable products don't just create more trash - they also contain toxins that are bad for humans. What are some other single-use items that are harmful to humans?

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/28/2021 7:23 AM
    I don't use dryer sheets or fabric softener at all - they are really not necessary and the fragrances give me bad headaches and allergic reactions.  I read that all the fragrances disrupt our hormonal balance, particularly one that tells you you're full - don't need to eat more!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Raise Money For a Nonprofit
    What are organizations in your region doing to address plastic pollution or other related issues? How can you support them?

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/27/2021 7:55 AM
    I contributed and participated in a fundraiser in Knoxville Tennesse for ocean and river plastic cleanup - the technology is mechanical and very expensive!