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Kathleen Monroe

Maryland Zoo

"Daily steps toward a better Earth!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,504 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    103
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    103
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    390
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    1,057
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    2
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    139
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    108
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    101
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Kathleen 's Actions

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

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

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 10 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

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

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 45 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 2 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 5 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

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

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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

I will purchase food items with the least amount of packaging.

COMPLETED 31
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 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

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 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

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

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.

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

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 60 minutes researching which materials are accepted by local haulers or drop stations in my community and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 20 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 60 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

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Tim Taylor My Beauty Products

I will lessen my plastic impact by making my own makeup.

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

Feed


  • Kathleen  Monroe's avatar
    Kathleen Monroe 7/31/2021 5:48 PM
    Thanks to everyone on the Maryland zoo team.    Doing this together helps to create good vibes and habits and hopefully change our world for better
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

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    Kathleen Monroe 7/31/2021 5:47 PM
    Diminish the additional plastics of the container ers
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Natural Fibers
    What are the benefits (to people, animals, and the environment) of purchasing clothes made with natural fibers?

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    Kathleen Monroe 7/31/2021 5:45 PM
    Natural fibers don’t shed micro pieces of plastic into the environment and when it is time to dispose of them they will decompose naturally and safely 
  • 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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    Kathleen Monroe 7/31/2021 5:38 PM
    I would save about2 lbs of food waste a week by composting and would have material to fertilize my gardens.    Just need to purchase a composting bin due to the various forms of wildlife in my area.  

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    Kathleen Monroe 7/29/2021 7:37 PM
    The challenge is going well and helping me to focus on my neighborhood and workplace to make some positive changes 

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    Kathleen Monroe 7/28/2021 12:16 PM
    Keep going team !     We got this!
  • 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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    Kathleen Monroe 7/28/2021 12:16 PM
    The negative impact we are having on our waterways --- these waterways are the lifeblood of our planet.  They are also the livelyhood of so many people in our area and the more we can do to change the amount of debris and chemicals in these waters, the better we will be in the future.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

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    Kathleen Monroe 7/28/2021 12:14 PM
    I learned that even with working to reduce plastic items in my home, they are everywhere and having this challenge has helped to be on my way to reducing waste in all forms in my home.  They say it takes 30 days to create a habit - hoping to stick to the sustainable habit.

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    Kathleen Monroe 7/27/2021 7:10 PM
    Keep going strong MZIB!!!! We can do this !  Four-peat all the way!!!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about the Harms of Plastic Production
    What did you learn about how plastic production impacts humans, animals, communities, and the environment? Which of these impacts specifically affects your community?

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    Kathleen Monroe 7/27/2021 6:49 PM
    I did not realize the variety of products that deposit minute pieces of plastic into our waterways and impact local wildlife and the wider ecosystems of our area and our world.  The issues with suntan lotion alone are distressing - a needed product, and important to me as a melanoma survivor, but so dangerous for the waterways.