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Carol Prigan

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Points Total

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  • 352 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    22
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    14
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Carol'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 13
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 7
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 5
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Natural Fibers
    What are the benefits (to people, animals, and the environment) of purchasing clothes made with natural fibers?

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    Carol Prigan 7/07/2020 1:54 PM
    Clothes made with natural fibers such as cotton and wool are biodegradable, unlike those made with synthetics. They come from renewable resources, too, not petrochemicals.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

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    Carol Prigan 7/07/2020 1:51 PM
    Single-use plastics are everywhere: yogurt cups, strawberry containers, frozen foods. Many of these are not recyclable and end up in the trash.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy Unpackaged Produce
    Why do you think these produce products started amassing so much plastic packaging? Who is the plastic packaging really serving -- the consumer, the producer, or someone else?

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    Carol Prigan 7/07/2020 1:50 PM
    I feel like plastic packaging is convenient for the distributor and the store. It's easier to transport the food and easier for the store to stock the shelves if they don't have to worry about separating items.
  • Reflection Question
    Family Provide the Alternatives
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) does your family regularly use? What could be substituted instead?

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    Carol Prigan 7/07/2020 1:48 PM
    We use too many plastic bags for fruit and vegetables we buy at the grocery store. I would like to get some reusable cloth bags to take with me to the store.