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Julie McGrath

SF Teaching Zoo Zero Wasters

"Working to make a difference one piece of plastic at a time. "

Points Total

  • 105 Today
  • 320 This Week
  • 1,790 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    145
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    3
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    141
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    150
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    65
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    54
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Julie's Actions

Family

Swap the Snacks

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging, making sure to wash them well before using them.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Support a Sharing Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Family

Use Reusable Baby Wipes

I will make better choices for the environment and my baby's bum by using reusable baby wipes most or all of the time.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 7 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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 31
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

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 20 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

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

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

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 1 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

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

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

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 2 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

If at all possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 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.

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 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

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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Reflection Question
    Food 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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    Julie McGrath 7/31/2021 6:03 PM
    We eat out frequently, and some members of my household don't like eating leftovers very often.  Therefore, there are times we discard a decent amount of leftover food from our fridge.  I could only imagine how quickly this would add up for composting.  I'm not a very "earthy" person-don't spend much time outside or with plants/flowers, nor is anyone in my household, so a compost at my home is not realistic.  I believe having compost easily accessible at home would be great for someone who would be able to use it.  I do however, bring fruit I am discarding to a co-worker who does have a compost that she can add to her pile.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Learn about Environmental Injustice
    What did you and your family learn about environmental justice? What questions came up for you? What feelings?

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    Julie McGrath 7/31/2021 5:57 PM
    We learned that there are companies out there who support and encourage environmental justice, by not testing on animals, planting trees when other natural resources have been used, and using natural products that are healthy and safe for people and animals.  Some are even edible (not that they would taste good), but wouldn't be harmful if swallowed by a person or animal.  

    Questions we thought about were why so many other businesses don't take this approach?  Is it too costly?  What is the cost of doing good for the environment and for humankind?

    Feelings:  a bit unsettled.  Obviously not happy, but more confused and concerned why so few companies participate and are actively concerned about the environment.  
  • Reflection Question
    Community Host a Watch Party
    How does hosting a watch party help you to get to know your guests, connect them to the cause you are focusing on, and build your community?

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    Julie McGrath 7/31/2021 5:48 PM
    Hosting a watch party encouraged the conversation to start.  It introduces a support system of comrades and are people you can go to with questions, for guidance or to additionally support. 

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    Julie McGrath 7/30/2021 6:12 PM
    Looking for great environmentally safe and all natural body products?  Beauty Counter is where I purchase my facial and body care items.  As my current make-up supply runs out, I have been replacing them with their products.  They have a "never list", which means they will never use the harmful list of chemicals in their products that are damaging to the person or the environment.  In addition, they have partnered with recycling programs to help the consumer on how to properly dispose after finishing a product.  And it is run by strong women!   https://www.beautycounter.com/faqs.  Here is the link to a great rep and to shop on the website:  https://www.beautycounter.com/lindseybrownsberger/contact. When you sign up, you get 20% off your first purchase!    Code: CLEANUPHLXP7.  If you have trouble with getting your discount, reach out directly to the rep and mention my name. 

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    Julie McGrath 7/29/2021 6:38 PM
    The place that I like to purchase my deodorant from is Native:  https://www.talkable.com/x/PKhrpj   They have added to their list of items "plastic free" deodorant!!!!  It takes a bit to get used to how the tube works, but it is great, especially knowing you are making a difference with less plastic!  They also have body soap, toothpaste, and body wash for men and women, and now offering sunscreen.  They are packaged and shipped in cardboard packaging.  You can earn free travel size deodorants.  I am signed up for the subscription plan to save money, and can adjust my refill shipment to be as far out as I want@. They also offer seasonal scents throughout the year. I find hat the deodorant sticks last about 2 1/2-3 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).  

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    Julie McGrath 7/28/2021 6:45 PM
    Target gives you a 5 cent discount for each reusable bag that you bring in and use. If you go through self check-out, make sure you enter the code to get the credit. You may require employee assistance for approval of use of the discount code. Does anyone else know of any other vendors that offer a discount for being sustainable?  

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    Julie McGrath 7/27/2021 5:16 PM
    I love the complexion mist that is available at http://fbuy.me/v/julie_28253 from Primally Pure. It gives me a refreshing boost to my face 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 7/26/2021 6:16 PM
    I recently switched to a Charcoal Cleansing Bar for the face. It is great!  We purchased it from Beautycounter.com, which only produces environmentally safe products. It arrived in a recyclable cardboard box, no plastic!  
    https://beautycounter.com/lindseybrownsberger/contact

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    Julie McGrath 7/25/2021 5:15 PM
    Have that bar of soap that you can’t seem to keep dry between showers?  Take an old liter shampoo bottle (or similar), cut off 2 inches from the bottom, and poke holes in the bottom. This is a great place to store your soap so it isn’t “sitting” in shower water to dissolve away quickly!

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    Julie McGrath 7/24/2021 5:20 PM
    Our hotel has a sign to not use the water fountains. They also have the Coke Freestyle machines next to the fountains. The machines will give free ice and water so you don’t have to worry about paying for a drink with the free water access.