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Jennifer Richardson

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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    minutes
    spent learning
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    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
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    waste audits
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Jennifer's Actions

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

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Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 15
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

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Lifestyle

Naked Bins

To the extent allowable in my community, I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

COMPLETED 9
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

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

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Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 250 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

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Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

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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.

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Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

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Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make 3 of my own cleaning products at home.

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One-Time Action

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

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    Jennifer Richardson 7/13/2020 10:46 AM
    Yesterday Simply Living hosted guest speakers as a follow-up to watching the documentary the Truth About Plastic. This recording of the event may be available on YouTube if anyone has interest in watching it. The documentary itself is definitely worth viewing as well.

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      Jennifer Richardson 7/14/2020 10:15 AM
      I thought this film did really well in looking at corporate issues in plastic production, but I was really outraged when watching what is happening in other countries as a result of being sent Western plastics. It really motivated me to not only think about my own individual decisions in terms of reducing my own plastic consumption, but the need to look at the larger issues of addressing policy change. 

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      Alison Edwards 7/14/2020 7:13 AM
      what was one thing you liked or learned from watching the Truth About Plastic? I would like to watch a couple of documentaries, so will add it to my list.

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    Jennifer Richardson 7/07/2020 6:33 AM
    I couldn't add any more actions to my to-do list, but I did look into donating period products to young ladies using the action item for donating period products in the "Community" section of the Dashboard.  The find out more information drop down provides information on how to do this. I donated to Femme International. This looks like a great program for any of you who may be interested in donating. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Dam the Flow
    Disposable tampons and menstrual pads are often quite expensive. What are the economic and personal benefits of this switch for you?

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    Jennifer Richardson 7/01/2020 11:32 AM
    Purchased, but haven't used this yet (just haven't needed to yet). I have friends that use them and swear by 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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    Jennifer Richardson 7/01/2020 11:31 AM
    I like my new bamboo toothbrush, but did some research on brands.  Finding alternatives for the toothpaste tubes as well seems like an important consideration.

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      Jennifer Richardson 7/07/2020 6:30 AM
      Finally solved the toothpaste part of this scenario opting to break myself in a bit easy and finding a toothpaste in an aluminum tube. I remember back to being a kid and having my parents put straight baking soda on my toothbrush....wasn't my favorite experience :)
  • 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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    Jennifer Richardson 7/01/2020 11:28 AM
    In completing our trash and recycling audit, what stands out to us the most is the ongoing challenge of plastics. We have made a number of changes this year including adding a compost system and are now very careful about handling food waste.  We continue to recycle what we have the ability to recycle, upcycle and outright avoid buying things. I work as much as possible as someone with a full-time job to make products (cooking our own snacks) rather than purchasing items that are wrapped in materials that are simply going to be thrown away or need to be recycled.

    However, our recycling system largely only recycles plastics that are plastic bottles. Plastics that are otherwise recyclable cannot be recycled (other #1 plastics, for example) unless they are #5 plastics taken to a drop-off location or stretch plastics and bags taken to an appropriate location. Any contaminants in a batch of recycling can cause that entire batch to be incinerated or thrown away (this includes things that don't belong i.e., plastics that aren't accepted in our recycling program). 

    Plastics, even when recycled, can only be recycled a certain number of times anyway. 

    Advocacy and policies to address reducing the production and use of plastic packaging are so important. 

    Teracycle does offer some free programs for some items that do fall outside of regular recycling programs as well.