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Chris Mortensen

All Creatures Podcast

Points Total

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    16
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    102
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    106
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    96
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    14
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    30
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Chris's Actions

Family

Provide the Alternatives

I will provide daily plastic free alternatives (straws, water bottles, cuttlery, bar soap, bamboo toothbrushes, etc.) for my family to use.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

If possible, I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 1 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Plastic Free Lunch Boxes

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and tupperware-like containers in my children's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 10 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

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

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 1 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 4
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 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 17
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Chris Mortensen 7/27/2021 4:45 PM
    Love this! One gym in New Zealand with a refillable water station making an impact. I cannot imagine what 315,675 water bottles would look like in a landfill!!

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    Chris Mortensen 7/27/2021 4:34 PM
    Did a big shop at the market today. I really make an effort to not use the plastic bags for my fruits and veggies. Also tried to avoid anything wrapped in plastic, but it is still so difficult. Also, released our Bluefin Tuna episode today, so its been really productive :) 

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    Chris Mortensen 7/13/2021 9:00 PM
    HINT for our next episode :)

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    Chris Mortensen 7/13/2021 8:57 PM
    We are about to release our next episode of another oceanic species! Thank you to everyone participating in this challenge and making our world a better place :)

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    Chris Mortensen 7/07/2021 5:47 PM
    So when shopping for products I am always avoiding plastic packaging if I can. One example is laundry soap. Rather than buying a huge plastic bottle I look for paper/cardboard packaging. This even has an "Eco Scoop."

    Every little bit helps :)  


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    Chris Mortensen 7/04/2021 4:31 PM
    It is Monday here in New Zealand and have one son home sick (ugh) but sent one off to school with his reusable water bottle and lunch. I set out my compost bin for the trash collector this morning and felt good to see them haul it off. I still need to work on reducing food waste, but working on it :) 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Water Bottles
    Using the links provided, investigate the bottling practices of water corporations. There have been many cases where the water rights of the local people have been violated or even completely disregarded when a corporation decides to bottle water from a particular water source. How can you advocate for those who have been harmed by this bottling process?

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    Chris Mortensen 7/01/2021 2:53 PM
    I used to forget my water bottle sometimes and on a rare occasion buy a bottle of water. Now I have 3 reusable water bottles and am in the habit of grabbing at least one of them when I leave the house :)
  • 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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    Chris Mortensen 7/01/2021 2:51 PM
    Again, here in New Zealand where I live we have a special bucket for food scraps and waste. So in my kitchen I have a bowl that I place all the food waste in as I cut fruit/veg and any scraps from dinner. Then I just go outside and place it there to be composted.

    Anyone can start their own compost bin in their backyards.

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/basics/starting-compost-pile.htm

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    Chris Mortensen 7/01/2021 2:02 PM
    I am lucky that here in New Zealand and they are leading the way in reducing plastic. They just announced we will be banning most single use plastics by 2025! It can be done and it needs to be done globally!!!!