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Susan Rubin

Reid Park Zoo

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 875 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    822
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    164
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    191
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    160
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill

Susan'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.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 5 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 10 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Travel Toiletries

If traveling, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me in a TSA-approved reusable quart-sized bag.

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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.

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Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

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Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

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Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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One-Time Action

Food

Give Up Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 26
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Susan Rubin 7/31/2021 11:43 AM
    I enjoyed hiking an swimming in Sabino Canyon.  Getting out and being in nature really is the best way to inspire us all past the plastic challenge to keep up the good work.  Saving our beaches, creeks, deserts and forest.  Keeping all our public lands pristine.  These places we hold dear to our hearts.  These were the places that gave us a welcomed escape from the lockdown of our country, during the pandemic.  As I conclude a second year of doing the July plastic challenge, I come away with more insight, purpose and inspiration for myself and to share with others.

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    Susan Rubin 7/30/2021 4:46 AM
    Plastic bottles are a problem.  If we find more environmental packaging combined with taking back all the plastic bottles from the Ocean, our planet would be a healthier one.  Plastic is ingested by fish; witch is ingested by people.  Now a lot of the plastic is being retrieved from the Ocean to create bracelets, park benches, birdfeeders and other useful items.  So, if we can stop the plastic from being used and reclaimed what is already polluting our planet; this will be a start for a better Earth.

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    Susan Rubin 7/30/2021 4:41 AM
    Every year I take the plastic challenge and lean so much.  I share and tried to inspire others to live more environmental lives.  It can be done.  We all make a difference.

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    Susan Rubin 7/28/2021 6:49 AM
    Part of this plastic challenge for July has made me consider the 4 R's of recycling.  Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  I think about reduction of waste.  You can through out, repurpose, and recycle.  How about composting scrapes from your salad and other meals.  Growing your own vegetables and using your own compost saves you money and the environment.  Plus, growing your own food helps you be more self sustainable.  Not having to worry about getting your produce from another country.  It could even start a small business for you.  As a child, I sold vegetables from my garden to neighbors.

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    Susan Rubin 7/26/2021 7:31 AM
    A great way to save money and be more environmental is to use all of a product before throwing away or  trying to recycle the plastic container.  I find with a tube of lotion that is you cut the bottom of the tube there is plenty of product to use that I might have thrown away.  

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    Susan Rubin 7/25/2021 9:09 AM
    So far, so good.  Not only taking the challenge, but inspiring others as well.  it is important to lead by example.

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    Susan Rubin 7/24/2021 10:20 AM
    For some traveling with premade meals is a challenge.  When I go to work I bring a lunch bag with ice packs.  My food is in a glass bowl and I bring silverware.  Plastic utensils are convenient, but are one use items that are not biodegradable.  Bamboo utensils are perfect for those looking for an option instead of bringing your own utensils from home and have to worry about leaving them at work.  You can travel with them or leave one in your lunch room at work.  There is even now compositable plastic utensils.  I feel that the bamboo is a better choice since you can get multiple uses before having to be disposed of.

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    Susan Rubin 7/23/2021 3:45 PM
    Today I would like to address something know as retail therapy.  Often we shopped to buy things we do not need to fill a void within us.  Buying things may make one happy for the moment of purchase and a few days; before shopping again.  Finding more fulfilling ways to fill that empty void; such as volunteering time, hiking out doors, gardening, getting outside and finding places to meditate, journal writing, yoga or praying are a few ideas.  Not only will you save money and less  unnecessary waste that in bad for the environment. This year part of my plastic challenge is to buy only what I need.  

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    Susan Rubin 7/23/2021 5:46 AM
    As part of the July's eco plastic challenge I have given up chewing gum.  Chewing gum is not good for environment because 80% to 90%  of gum in not disposed of correctly.  It is the second most common litter found in the street.  Gum is made from polymers which are synthetic plastics.  These plastics are not biodegradable.  It takes 5 to 1,000 years to decompose.  Spitting gum out is considered littering in the US.  It is a misdemeanor to a minor felony if caught, you can be fined, jailed or have to do public service.  

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    Susan Rubin 7/21/2021 6:43 PM
    As part of the plastic eco challenge, I stop and think about how many other ways I can live more environmentally.  One thing is that I run my errands on my commute, so I do not waste gas.  Whether I go to work, a doctor's appointment or volunteer.  Taking the time to stop and take care of what you need; instead of making a separate trips for one thing only.