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Elizabeth Loehe

Maryland Zoo

"I want to review my habits to look for ways to reduce single-use plastic items."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,986 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    102
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    55
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    12
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    275
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    donations
    made
  • up to
    8.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    10
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    210
    minutes
    spent learning

Elizabeth's Actions

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 3 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Thrifty Pets

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Justice

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

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

Water balloons

After playing with water balloons out in the yard, be sure to pick up the balloon pieces. We don't want birds or squirrels to mistake the brightly collored pieces on the ground for food. They would get sick.

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

Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

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

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

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 6 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Say No to Styrofoam

Throughout its life cycle, polystyrene (styrofoam) can harm people, communities, and the planet. I will refuse styrofoam whenever I can, making sure to kindly let people know why I'm asking for alternative packaging.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook a Plastic Free Meal

I will prepare meals at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Plastic-Free Documentaries

Watch a plastic-free advocacy documentary available online. Spend at least 20 minutes.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Sustainable Suds

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

Completed
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

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Advocate for Office Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

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

Family

Thoughtful Toys

I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

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

Become a Recycling Pro

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 20 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Clean Plate Club

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

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

Food

Fill a Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 3 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

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).

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/31/2022 6:43 AM
    Later today I'm going to try to make a bird feeder out of distilled-water gallon plastic container.  But I need to go buy colored duct-tape first to cover the cut edges so no one gets cut!

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/30/2022 4:59 AM
    Two days  left, let's keep our focus!

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/29/2022 5:36 AM
    Someone once told me, "You have a brain and a mouth.  Use them both.  In that order!"  This eco-challenge is great for getting us all to think more about our plastic waste actions!
  • Reflection Question
    Pets All Natural Pet Toys
    In what ways is supplying your pet with all natural pet toys better for your pet, better for you, and better for the environment?

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/28/2022 4:55 AM
    Using all natural dog toys keeps some plastic out.  Our dogs often chew on the toys and may be swallowing some of the plastic.  So all natural toys are safer for them.

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/27/2022 5:09 AM
    I learned that a number of companies are starting to employ chemical recycling, to increase the 10% of plastic actually being recycled.  One partner is Eastman, here in eastern Tennesse (we are visiting a daughter here).  I'm not sure exactly which groupds of plastic waster are being handles.  Carpets are definitely mentioned.  I want to learn more.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Thrifty Pets
    How does buying used differ from buying new? How does each purchasing decision make you feel?

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/27/2022 5:02 AM
    Daughter's dogs, cats, and horses all use recycled containers for food and water!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/26/2022 4:58 AM
    I found a recipe for bathtub scrub which is mostly baking soda.  I am away from home now, but will try it this weekend.

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/25/2022 4:48 AM
    I decided to stop buying the plastic gallon containers of distilled water I currently use with my daily neti-pot routine.  I can boil water and store in glass quart jars instead.  That's about 12 less plastic containers a year.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Learn about Environmental Justice
    What did you and your family learn about environmental justice? What questions came up for you? What feelings?

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/25/2022 4:46 AM
    I learned that environmental justice is a very broad term,  including lead paint in old houses, living next to chemical plants, and even insecticides and pesticides from farming.  My daughter the small farmer is organic, and I will double-check with her as to her neighbors.  I don't care for everything being called 'justice', that's a hot button.

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    Elizabeth Loehe 7/24/2022 3:40 AM
    Leading by example is working well, for family and friends.