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Sarah Peterson

Virginia Zoo Staff & Volunteers

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 615 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    5
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    125
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    2
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Sarah's Actions

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 30 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Pets

Try a Pet Shampoo Bar

I will replace my pet's shampoo with an eco-friendly shampoo bar.

Uncompleted
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

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

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 10 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 11
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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

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    Sarah Peterson 7/17/2021 4:16 PM
    Not perfect but still proud of where I am! Not eating out and switching all my shower items (shampoo, conditioner, face soap, body wash, and shave) to plastic-free items has been great. Still working on reducing plastic in the kitchen and other places around the house. Plus activism (individual swaps alone aren't enough)!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel?

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    Sarah Peterson 7/17/2021 8:31 AM
    The CYTs and I picked up 40.66 pounds of trash! One of them summed up how it feels the best: "I don't know if I should be happy we picked it up or sad it was there in the first place." I said probably a bit of both. Still very proud of them!!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Brusha Brusha Brusha
    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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    Sarah Peterson 7/10/2021 5:27 PM
    While they are overall less plastic, I wish there were more options that had natural bristles (the ones on mine are still nylon). Or replaceable heads!

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    Sarah Peterson 7/07/2021 6:02 AM
    Anyone else always forgetting to check in the day-of? -_- At least you still get points for checking in the next day!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Sarah Peterson 7/06/2021 6:18 AM
    I used a silicone (Stasher knock-off) bag instead of a plastic zip-lock to store something in the freezer!

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    Sarah Peterson 7/01/2021 2:07 PM
    Happy first day of the EcoChallenge! I hope everyone learns a lot and has fun!!

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    Sarah Peterson 6/23/2021 10:45 AM
    Hey Virginia Zoo Staff and Volunteers! Welcome to our EcoChallenge page. I hope you're ready and excited to make a difference and get into some new habits again this year! Does anyone have any particular goals?