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Kirsten Meade

Oakland Zoo

"Sustainability one point at a time"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,123 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    53
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    29
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    21
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Kirsten's Actions

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar.

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

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

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 I will make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Kirsten Meade 7/30/2020 11:45 AM
    I’m trying to figure out what behaviors I’ve learned from this month can be incorporated into the rest of my life.

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    Kirsten Meade 7/29/2020 10:57 AM
    I just learned that eco friendly paper tape is a thing that exists. My friend says that she actually likes it better than plastic tape. 

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    Kirsten Meade 7/29/2020 10:17 AM
    Does anyone have a recommendation for reusable water bottles? 

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    Kirsten Meade 7/20/2020 1:26 PM
    I think I’m going to upgrade to a metal straw soon. In the past month it’s been only paper straws, but they degrade very quickly. Even so, I still think they would be a good substitute plastic straws in restaurants.

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    Kirsten Meade 7/12/2020 8:45 PM
    I have to say the pet shampoo bar was rather disappointing for me. My dog has very long, thick fur and the bar didn’t work out well at all. However, I’m sure it would be just fine for a dog with shorter fur.

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    Kirsten Meade 7/08/2020 1:28 PM
    I must say while it was weird initially to switch to solid bars of shampoo and conditioner, I much prefer them to the bottled alternatives. 
  • 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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    Kirsten Meade 7/08/2020 12:59 PM
    The cotton ropes I get him now seem to be a lot gentler on his teeth and now I don’t have to worry about him choking on some random piece of plastic.
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Try a Pet Shampoo Bar
    In what ways does your pet make your life happier, more interesting, or more rewarding?

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    Kirsten Meade 7/08/2020 12:57 PM
    My dog is a wonderful companion and I’m really happy to just spend time with him.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Just Say No
    Do some research on polystyrene and polyvinyl. How many items in your house already contain these toxins?

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    Kirsten Meade 7/08/2020 12:53 PM
    A rather unfortunate amount of things in my house contain polystyrene. Surprisingly less things had polyvinyl, but still a lot.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

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    Kirsten Meade 7/08/2020 11:07 AM
    Pretty much everyone at my high school either doesn’t use straws or they keep metal straws.