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Sam Peterson

San Antonio Zoo Crew

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Sam's actions

Community

Go For a Walk

Science has shown that focused time in nature calms our over-worked frontal lobe and gives space for the areas of our brain associated with emotions, pleasure, and empathy to take over, providing a sense of calm that is measurable in brain scans and even blood tests. Each day this month, I will spend 10 minutes outside in nature, and share my observations, reflections, and learnings on the Participant Feed.

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Share My Actions

One of the best ways we can create change in our communities is simply by talking about it! This month, I will make my environmental actions visible by sharing about them on my social media networks and the Plastic Free Ecochallenge participant feed.

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Give Some Green Gratitude

Don't forget to celebrate the good! This month, I will give shout-outs on social media, my office's internal communication channels, or the Participant Feed to a local company, coworker, friend, or family member for their sustainable efforts.

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Recycle My Tech

There's value in our old electronics! This month, I will properly recycle any old laptops, tablets, cell phones, or other electronics I have lying around so the raw materials can be reused and reduce demand for virgin materials - thereby also protecting critical wildlife habitat for animals such as gorillas and forest elephants.

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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 30 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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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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Rethink Returns

While most stores offer lenient return policies, what actually happens to all of those returns? I will spend 30 minutes learning about what happens to returns and how I can make better purchasing decisions to avoid returns in the future.

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Catch Those Microfibers

When we wash our clothes, the heat and friction causes our clothes to wear down, releasing microfibers into the water stream. To combat and prevent these microfibers as much as possible, in addition to following best laundry practices, I will use a microfiber catcher in my laundry, or install a microfiber filter for my washing machine.

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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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Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Community Share My Actions
    Have you noticed a difference in how your community, friends, and family members use plastics since you've shared your own actions?

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    Sam Peterson 7/19/2024 10:24 AM
    I'm proud that my family has embraced sustainable habits and come to me for tips on reducing waste. They get just as annoyed about the burden disproportionately falling on the consumer instead of the manufacturers.
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    Bedroom Declutter Sustainably
    Compared to your previous experiences with decluttering, how was this experience with sustainable decluttering different?

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    Sam Peterson 7/18/2024 2:15 PM
    I enjoyed seeing a material improvement in a friend's life first-hand rather than donating items to anonymous places like Goodwill.

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    Sam Peterson 7/17/2024 2:31 PM
    Due to a wacky schedule today I had a microwave meal for lunch for the first time in years. I was able to recycle most of the packaging and used a regular fork but it was not enjoyable. Definitely incentive to avoid future lunch emergencies!

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    Sam Peterson 7/15/2024 4:11 PM
    Did a quick burst of housecleaning over the weekend with my trusty baking soda and vinegar and a washable organic duster. Now if only everything would STAY clean...

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      Sam Peterson 7/16/2024 3:32 PM
      So true! I don't miss that chemical smell!

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      Jordyn Lewis 7/15/2024 5:51 PM
      I know how you feel! My cats shed like crazy and im constantly cleaning haha. I ditched my beloved 409 cleaner months ago as it was causing me lung distress every time I used it, the natural cleansers are so much better for your health!

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    Sam Peterson 7/12/2024 3:48 PM
    The challenge is flying by - week 2 already!?! This weekend I'll be helping my parents promote a sharing economy by moving some furniture for a friend to collect. Bonus decluttering is a win-win!

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    Sam Peterson 7/11/2024 2:29 PM
    Normally I try to reduce laundry by airing and re-wearing clothes that aren't soiled, but this heat is proving a challenge! I definitely wiped out this shirt running around the zoo today! Reason #98669727860 to fight climate change...

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    Sam Peterson 7/10/2024 2:39 PM
    I cleverly left my reusable bamboo tumbler on the counter at home this morning, but luckily I still have a coffee mug in my office. The only challenge is for Klutz Me not to spill it on my computer since I usually have a lid...

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    Sam Peterson 7/08/2024 3:32 PM
    Stumbled at the first hurdle this weekend when my takeaway came with unrequested utensils. If it has to exist at all, this stuff should be opt-in only, not automatic.

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      Sam Peterson 7/09/2024 2:27 PM
      That is so annoying! I already feel bad whenever I order take away and it's a double whammy when they don't follow instructions!

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      Krystina Jarvis 7/08/2024 4:32 PM
      One of my biggest frustrations recently is that Chipotle's app has a check box for "include napkins and utensils" and I never check it and yet every.single.time. I end up with napkins and utensils.

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    Sam Peterson 7/05/2024 1:28 PM
    An easy way to stick to the consume less challenge is to imagine you have to move house in the next month and add it to the packing. Do you really need that item or is the thought of schlepping another box of stuff enough to put you off? Works for me every time!

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    Sam Peterson 7/04/2024 2:16 PM
    SAZoo Crew, we had a question about our Starbucks allowing the use of personal cups for drinks orders. It is Starbucks policy to allow any clean beverage container - just don't hand them a dirty cup. Keep up the good work with your reusable cups and mugs!