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Sandra Morrison

ZooTampa Team

"Be the change! Think global and act local! We all understand the big picture and the solutions needed to make a difference, but we can all start with small steps and make changes where we live."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 215 THIS WEEK
  • 1,440 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    1
    community event
    hosted or attended
  • UP TO
    43
    food items
    properly stored
  • UP TO
    7
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    76
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    85
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    2
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    87
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    3
    pounds
    waste avoided
  • UP TO
    304
    gallons of water
    have been saved

Sandra's actions

Bedroom

Mend and Repair

We've all got it - that thing in the back of our closet we keep saying we'll fix "one day." I will make today that day by learning how to mend or repair ripped or broken items in my home - or by finding a local offering to do it for me.

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Kitchen

Meatless Meals

There are many benefits to enjoying meatless meals - including reducing our plastic footprint. Most meats and dairy products are packaged in plastic, so this month, I will reduce my animal product consumption and enjoy 1 vegetarian or vegan meals each day.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Family + 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!

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Family + Pets

Thrifty Pets

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

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Kitchen

Dive Into Expiration Dates

Just because something is past its "expiration date," it might not actually be expired! I will spend 15 minutes learning about the difference between best by, use by, and sell by dates and how to tell if my food is actually expired.

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Community

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 10 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.

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Community

Advocate for Office Reusables

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

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Community

Advocate For Better Food Packaging

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Community

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 15 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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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.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Bedroom

Recycling Textiles

Every single textile ever made will, at some point, become worn out - and dealing with that waste costs millions of tax dollars every year. I will spend 15 minutes learning about the different types of textile recycling and creating a plan for what I'll do with my clothes and other textiles when they are too worn out to use anymore.

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Bedroom

Declutter Sustainably

While it can be tempting to throw away (or drop off at Goodwill) any and everything that no longer brings us joy, there are so many options that are better for the planet! This month, I will declutter my home and properly dispose or re-home the things I no longer want.

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Bedroom

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 10 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Bedroom

Clean the Dryer Vent

Every time we tumble dry our laundry, our clothes' lifespans get a little shorter. The lint trap is evidence of the shedding fibers and our clothes slowly losing their quality. The less time our clothes need to be in the dryer, the longer they'll last. So this month, I will clean my dryer's interior and exterior air vents to help the dryer work more efficiently (and extend the life of the dryer!).

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Bedroom

Ditch Dryer Sheets

Plastic sheets coated in softeners, lubricants, and fragrances, dryer sheets just aren't great for the planet or our bodies. Instead, I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

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Bedroom

Eco Detergent

Ditch the plastic jugs, artificial dyes, and harmful ingredients! When it's time to replace my current laundry detergent, I will switch to a natural laundry detergent that is packaged in glass or aluminum, or an alternative like soap nuts.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Plastic-Free Produce Storage

Produce doesn't need to be stored in plastic bags to stay fresh! I will learn how to properly store my produce to extend its freshness without single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Shop the Bulk Bins

I will purchase dry goods from the bulk section of my grocery store, and I will use my own containers whenever possible (cloth bags, mason jars, even reused Ziploc bags will do!). When it's not possible to use my own containers, I will wash and reuse the containers offered by the store.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Smart Seafood

Each year, approximately 2% of all fishing gear used globally is lost to the sea, becoming "ghost gear" and continuing to impact marine animals. This month, I will reduce my seafood consumption and enjoy 2 vegetarian or vegan meals each day.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Clean Plate Club

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

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Use The Dishwasher

Using your dishwasher doesn't just save water! I will use my dishwasher whenever possible to extend the life of my sponges and dish cloths, and shed less microfibers from them.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

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

Bathroom

Take the pre-survey!

Help us make the Plastic Free Ecochallenge the best it can be! Take the challenge pre-survey (and look out for the post-survey at the end of the challenge!) so we can better understand the impact the challenge has and how we can improve in the future. Plus, you'll earn points for completing it! Thank you!

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Bathroom

A Greener Shower

Most conventional shower curtain liners are made from polyvinyl chloride (or PVC), which contains chlorine, phthalates, and plasticizers, and typically need replaced often. When it's time to replace my shower curtain liner, I will replace it with a plastic-free option and research the best ways to care for it.

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Bathroom

Travel Toiletries

Travel-size toiletries aren't just more expensive per ounce, they also have a higher plastic-to-contents ratio, and result in over 980 tonnes (2.2 million pounds) of plastic waste each year. If traveling this month, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me.

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Bathroom

See the Green

An estimated 50,000lbs (23,000kg) of contact lenses end up in sewage sludge in the US each year. This month, I will learn how to recycle used contact lenses and packaging or switch to wearing glasses instead.

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Bathroom

Green Beauty

Globally, packaging manufacturers make about $25 billion each year on plastic beauty and personal care packaging. That's a whole lot of plastic - nearly all of which ends up in landfills. When it's time to buy more, I will replace my beauty products with refillable, sustainable, and/or DIY options.

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Bathroom

Brush with Bamboo

In the US, about 1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away each year. And because plastic is designed to last, nearly every plastic toothbrush ever created still exists. When it's time to replace my current toothbrush, I will replace it with a plastic-free bamboo option.

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Bathroom

A Sustainable Flow

Pads and tampons are typically made with plastics, and about 41 million pounds of menstrual products end up in landfills every year. This month, I will make the switch to sustainable, reusable period products.

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Bathroom

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Even when advertised as "flushable" these wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but instead combine with fat to create massive clogs. This month, I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

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Bathroom

Plastic Free TP

Most toilet paper is wrapped in plastic #4, or low-density polyethylene - a thin plastic film that cannot be recycled back into more plastic film. To avoid this plastic wrapping, I will purchase toilet paper wrapped in paper instead, or use a reusable toilet paper option.

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Bathroom

Use What You Have

The only thing worse than a single-use item is a zero-use item! I will use (and use up) what I already have in my home before buying something new.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Bathroom

Embrace Imperfection

Eliminating 100% of all plastic from our lives simply isn't possible. Throughout this month, I will embrace imperfection in my plastic-free journey while exploring and testing new ways to reduce my plastic footprint.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

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  • Sandra Morrison's avatar
    Sandra Morrison 7/19/2024 12:10 PM
    Happy Friday!

    Good News Friday!
    In Paris, plastic free initiatives at the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games include the installation of 700 water and soda fountains and extensive use of returnable glass bottles, and reusable cups, significantly reducing the reliance on single-use plastic. The "Marathon Pour Tous" at the Paris 2024 Olympics will be a zero-plastics race, eliminating the need for almost 400,000 plastic bottles!


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    Sandra Morrison 7/17/2024 8:51 AM
    Happy Wednesday!


    We are just past the halfway point of this year’s Plastic Free Ecochallenge, and this is typically about the time when things start to feel a bit more challenging.

    You’re still doing all the plastic-positive things like saying no to plastic bags, getting your coffee in your own cups, picking up litter in your neighborhood…and it feels good!

    But we also know you may experience feelings of frustration with all of the plastics you’re seeing around you and that you may be wondering why you’re the one making so much effort when it seems that others around you are not making the same effort.
    Trust me...You're not the only one feeling that way.

    As we make more of the “small” changes–things like asking for no straw, carrying our reusable shopping bags into the grocery store, or using your own coffee or teacups, making your own products, etc. You'll start to notice that changes become part of our life.
    As we approach the halfway point of our challenge, keep channeling that frustration for good!

    All of our individual actions make a tremendous difference.
    So, don’t let the midway frustration get you down. Use it to create waves of change around you! We can all make a huge difference!


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    Sandra Morrison 7/15/2024 7:50 AM
    Week 3 of Plastic Free July!

    As #PlasticFreeJuly continues, I hope you've learned a few plastic
    reducing tips that you can use all year long. Just a few easy steps make a
    world of difference! Use reusable water bottles, skip the straw, and stock up
    on reusable grocery bags. Every little bit helps, even if you are only able to
    make one small change! Every day you can make a difference to protect our
    environment.





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    Sandra Morrison 7/13/2024 7:27 AM
    Happy Saturday. 😊💚
    Welcome to all our new ZT team members that joined yesterday during our plastic free July eco-challenge event.

    Welcome. Remember, small steps count.

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    Sandra Morrison 7/11/2024 1:28 PM
    Discovering plastic free packaging options can be a game-changer for reducing waste in your everyday life.

    Here are some popular ideas for avoiding plastic packaging when shopping for food during Plastic Free July:
    Look out for cardboard, tin, and glass alternatives to plastic products, many of these can more easily be reused and are more readily recyclable.
    Choosing loose produce: opting for loose fruit and vegetables. Using reusable fruit and veg bags helps avoid plastic packaging.
    Bakery items: in some stores, freshly baked goods sections are good places to buy with plastic packaging, some people bring their own bags and others use the paper bags that are supplied.
    Bulk food: try bulk food stores or look for bulk food selections in supermarkets.
    Let's look for products without plastic packaging together this July. Even if they aren’t always available we can start conversations and let businesses know we are wanting alternatives to plastic packaging!

  • Sandra Morrison's avatar
    Sandra Morrison 7/09/2024 7:22 AM
    By making small changes in our daily lives, we become agents of change.
    Let's inspire others with our compassionate choices and spread awareness about the importance of preserving our oceans, wildlife, and the environment we call home.

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    Sandra Morrison 7/06/2024 7:50 AM
    Plastic is everywhere—from food packaging to beauty products to cleaning supplies. There seems to be no end in sight as experts predict that plastic production will quadruple in the next 25 years. While some plastics have driven advancements in various fields, the plastic crisis poses severe health and environmental hazards. Despite the overwhelming scale of plastic pollution, collective action can drive significant change!

    • Sydney Kilgore's avatar
      Sydney Kilgore 7/06/2024 8:17 AM
      That is exactly right! Every action, no matter how small or large it may seem, does make a difference! That's what I love about this movement. You can see how every person's actions across the world all add up to make a difference. Keep up the good work!

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    Sandra Morrison 7/06/2024 7:49 AM
    Reducing plastic waste starts with individual actions, but these efforts alone can't solve the global plastic crisis. Nor is recycling the sole answer. Systemic change is essential—and solutions like the developing UN Global Plastics Treaty represent a significant step toward curbing global plastic production.
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    >> Learn more about the global plastics treaty negotiations, and the plastic reduction strategies Eco-Cycle advocates for inclusion in the treaty.


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    Sandra Morrison 7/05/2024 10:16 AM
    This #PlasticFreeJuly, make the pledge with the ZooTampa to purge single-use plastics! A few easy changes can help us protect our environment & wildlife. 💚🌍♻️

  • Sandra Morrison's avatar
    Sandra Morrison 7/05/2024 10:16 AM
    This #PlasticFreeJuly, make the pledge with the ZooTampa to purge single-use plastics! A few easy changes can help us protect our environment & wildlife. 💚🌍♻️