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Julie McGrath

SF Teaching Zoo Zero Wasters

"To educate myself and others, while practicing skills learned in reducing, reusing, and recycling plastic and other harmful items to the environment, so that we leave a smaller footprint. "

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 1,236 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    180
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    147
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    34
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    200
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    99
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Julie's Actions

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors. Why not try using hair conditioner instead of shaving foam for that baby smooth feel?

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Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make 3 of my own cleaning products at home.

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Family

Discover Together

I will spend 60 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 3 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

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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.

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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.

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One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 60 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

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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

Ahhh Natural

I will purchase and use all natural deodorant that is safe for myself and the environment.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 5 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Julie McGrath 7/31/2020 5:22 PM
    The Alachua County virtual tour kept giving me an error, but I found one that had both recycling and household hazardous wastes. 
    http://popedouglasrecycle.com/index.php/about-us/virtual-tours/

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    Julie McGrath 7/31/2020 5:11 PM
    A friend just shared this in case you are looking for a petition to sign about reducing plastic! 
    https://secured.surfrider.org/action/engagement?actionId=AR0032446&id=701i00000018YoU

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    Julie McGrath 7/31/2020 1:00 PM
    K-Cups: have a stock of disposable K-Cups that you don’t want to throw away?  There are plenty of uses available on the internet.  A few of my favorites are:

    ·        Crafts:  paint them for decorations; cover the hole at the bottom and kids can use for paint; cut vertically from the top about 1/2” and fold over to create a “flower” look, this can be used to “paint” with, or can be painted (and look like a lion or flower).  Organize small beads for kids in colors/shapes. 
    ·        Gardening:  They can be used to start seedlings for plants.  Some have recyclable filters that can be repotted.  (Also, I have read that used tea and coffee can be used as a fertilizer). 
    ·        Educational: Number/alphabetize the outside for small kids to use  place in order; learn math +-=; sorting cereal colors (fruit loops)


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    Julie McGrath 7/30/2020 2:49 PM
    If you purchase music or movies, it is better to purchase the digital versions instead of the hard copies. This saves from the build up of rarely used plastic discs and plastic cases that are not recyclable grade. 

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      Mike Shirley 7/31/2020 3:41 AM
      Very good point, we have used VUDU for 8+ years now and if the market goes towards digital. The companies will follow the money and stop making Blu-rays, The world just needs to get everyone access to the internet for this to happen.

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    Julie McGrath 7/30/2020 2:47 PM
    I love the complexion mist that is available at http://fbuy.me/v/julie_9385 from Primally Pure.  It gives me a refreshing boost after my shower, and provides natural ingredients to improve my skin (too many benefits to list).  The products I use come in glass bottles, reducing the plastic imprint!  I highly recommend to check them out! 

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    Julie McGrath 7/29/2020 2:11 PM
    The place that I like to purchase my deodorant from is Native:  https://refer.nativecos.com/x/vqBJCU.  I just confirmed that they have transitioned to “plastic-free” deodorant!!!!  I am so excited about this!  They also have body soap, toothpaste and body wash for men and women.  You can earn free travel size deodorants. I am signed up for the subscription plan to save $, and can adjust my refill shipment to be as far out as I want!  They also offer seasonal scents throughout the year!  I find that the deodorant sticks last about 3 months, and instead of smelling sweaty, I get occasional whiffs of flower bouquets or fresh cotton. (Read the reviews, as there is commonly a slight adjustment period for your body to adjust away from aluminum products).

  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Julie McGrath 7/29/2020 2:11 PM
    I watched "More Than Honey", which presented the death of bees at an alarming rate, which is due to industrialization, crop pesticides, and agricultural practices.  I learned the importance that bees play in our world, such as local honey is best to ingest to help fight off allergies, because the local honey is made from local flowers.  

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      Julie McGrath 7/29/2020 7:50 PM
      Hi Mike, yes I saw that movie years ago. I had forgotten about that one!  

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      Mike Shirley 7/29/2020 2:50 PM
      Thanks for all the info you've posted during this challenge,  you've provided a wealth of knowledge this past month. We will watch "More than Honey" without question. There's a digital cartoon kids movie called "Bee Movie" and its made by DreamWorks. This kids movie touches on the importance of Bees and what happens when Bees stop doing what they do. 
      Gooooo Bees!!!!!!!
  • 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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    Julie McGrath 7/29/2020 2:05 PM
    I learned the value and health of peppermint, lavender and other natural essences for the body and mind.  The biggest difference is that you know what is going into the product, making it all natural and so much healthier!  Plus, saves on plastic wrappers!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Brusha Brusha Brusha
    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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    Julie McGrath 7/29/2020 1:58 PM
    Although I don't use bamboo toothbrushes, I do use an electric toothbrush (had over 10 years and still running strong), with replaceable heads.  I find that my heads last much longer than a traditional disposable toothbrush because of the spinning action it provides, so I am not pressing so hard to damage my teeth and wearing out the toothbrush as fast.  
  • 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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    Julie McGrath 7/29/2020 1:51 PM
    I think plastic overall is a big concern.  During this challenge I have become more aware of just how much plastic we use in society.  From wrapping our packaged meat, and bagging it to keep the juices from getting all over, to our soda/Gatorade bottles and their plastic wraps (that we cut into tiny pieces to save the sea turtles), to the wrappers to feminine products and our credit cards!  To many people straws seem trivial, but it is a start.  For example, chicken breasts were on sale at Publix this week, so I was cleaning them up to freeze individually today, and stored them in individual plastic containers. Yes, they are plastic, but they are reusable and not wasting a plastic bag each time.