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Cruz Ortiz

L.A. Zoo - Angeleno Plastic Eliminators (APE)

"Use minimum resources by purchasing only what I need, coupled with increased efforts to reuse and recycle as much as possible "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,756 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    42
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    52
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    49
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    82
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    4.0
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    470
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    2.0
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning

Cruz's Actions

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 15 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Clean Plate Club

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

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

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

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

Family

Thoughtful Toys

I will only buy cloth, wooden or plant-based natural rubber toys. Or make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

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

Family

Natural Paints

I will paint rooms in my home with low/no VOC or natural paints.

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

Community

Learn about 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

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 20 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

Personal Care

Brush with Bamboo

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will switch to a plastic-free toothpaste — whether purchased or DIY'd.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Sustainable Suds

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions with a sustainable, unpackaged, or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Eco Deodorant

I will switch to a plastic-free deodorant — whether purchased or DIY'd.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 20 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Justice

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

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Go Strawless

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use a Reusable Mug

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip Plastic Bags

When possible, I will not use disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 16
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 2 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Fill a Water Bottle

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

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant a herb or vegetable garden using as little plastic as possible and to save from the plastic used buying herbs and veggies.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

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 1
DAILY ACTION

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  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

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    Cruz Ortiz 7/31/2022 2:14 PM
    Aluminum was used before. Perhaps we should push to go back to that.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Brush with Bamboo
    What are the benefits of switching to bamboo toothbrushes? How would you implore others in your community to make this switch as well?

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    Cruz Ortiz 7/31/2022 2:10 PM
    Plastics have become a serious problem for everyone. We all have to join the effort to reduce and eliminate wherever possible. Eliminating the use of plastic toothbrushes is one of those actions that is fairly easy to accomplish.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Proper Bioplastic Disposal
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

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    Cruz Ortiz 7/31/2022 2:08 PM
    Water and air pollution by the use of plastic is concerning, and unfortunately, the consumption seems to be on the raise. Plastic just seems to be everywhere. 
  • Reflection Question
    Family Get Rid of Glitter
    How can you and your little one exercise your creativity without creating more plastic waste?

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    Cruz Ortiz 7/31/2022 2:05 PM
    Use paper based products instead.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Learn about Environmental Justice
    What did you and your family learn about environmental justice? What questions came up for you? What feelings?

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    Cruz Ortiz 7/28/2022 1:49 PM
    We learned that Environmental Justice is a movement that emerged in the early 1980s based on the principle that all people have a right to be protected from environmental hazards and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment. Unfortunately, despite all the efforts, many are still exposed to deadly pollutants, especially those living in poorer communities.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

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    Cruz Ortiz 7/27/2022 5:06 PM
    Not difficult at all. We still used plastic to pack some food, but not of the single-use type.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Clean Plate Club
    How easy was this swap for you? Did you have any concerns before making it?

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    Cruz Ortiz 7/27/2022 5:02 PM
    It was not hard at all. In fact, I bought a bigger container of dish soap from Costco and I am currently refilling a smaller bottle previously purchased. 
  • 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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    Cruz Ortiz 7/27/2022 4:53 PM
    Way too much, especially plastics.  I think I can definitely reduce my use of plastic bags.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Thoughtful Toys
    Does your child play differently with natural or repurposed toys than with other toys? If so, how?

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    Cruz Ortiz 7/27/2022 4:51 PM
    It didn't seem to make any difference. The toy was used for a while, then thrown aside after a while like all the others! But while in use, it seem to provide the same kind of enjoyment.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Cruz Ortiz 7/24/2022 11:16 AM
    First, I will do what pleases me not others. For men, fashion does not really change much, and I generally purchase clothes not based on temporary trends. Jeans and T-shirts have been in fashion for decades, if not centuries!