July 1 - July 31, 2020

Susan Rubin

Reid Park Zoo

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,251 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    165
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    89
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    66
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Susan's Actions

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 2 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 25
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 3 letter(s) or email(s) per day to a public official or company to advocate for plastic reduction policies that are better for both the planet and people.

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 27
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or I will make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 10 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 2 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Learn about Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes learning about how plastic pollution affects members of my own community and how organizations in my community are working for change.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

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

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Reusable Face Coverings

Disposable masks are made of mixed materials and not recyclable. When possible, I will reduce my waste while protecting myself and others by wearing a reusable face covering when in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Feed


  • Susan Rubin 7/31/2020 6:33 AM
    As part of the ecoplastic challenge, finding restaurants that are ecofreindly is quit a challenge.  Tomorrow my family will be celebrating my brother's birthday.  We  will be going to Govindas natural Food Buffet.  A buffet featuring Indian inspired vegetarian and vegan food in a scenic courtyard with a bird aviary, koi  pond and fountains.  The buffet is now done in a cafeteria setting due to COVID-19; and all the plate ware, cutlery and take containers are combustible.  Also, by not eating meat your are watching your methane foot print.  There is also a gift shop.  If you would like to check them out the location is: 711 E Blacklidge Dr. Tucson AZ 85719.

  • Susan Rubin 7/30/2020 5:17 AM
    My personal challenge is every Friday I take my Fosamax/  Alendronate Sodium for Osteopenia.  I need to drink a full bottle of water with the pill.  It is easy to grab a bottle of water.  Tomorrow I will fill a glass with the same amount of water I will need for my medicine vs a single use plastic bottle of water.

  • Susan Rubin 7/29/2020 5:06 AM
    Today I will work on not wasting paper.  This is my biggest weakness.  I will start with reducing the amount of paper I use and recycle paper I no longer need; by using the other side that is not used as scrap paper.  Once I have printed something I need; I will rip it in half and create a scrape paper reusable paper for phone message and other notes.  Shredded paper goes in the garbage recycle paper goes in the recycle bin.  Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

  • Susan Rubin 7/28/2020 5:03 AM
    I will reuse ice.  When I go to Sprouts Farmers Market, you can get a free bag of ice for your produce.  When you get home, you can use it to water your plants.  Also, if you have ice from a drink of water, you do not have to waste it and through it in the sink: that can be used for plants or a birdbath.

  • Susan Rubin 7/27/2020 5:09 AM
    Today I will walk to the stores.  If I leave my community and go east to Broadway and Houghton I can reach many stores.  If I walk west to Broadway and Harrison I can shop there as well.  Getting only items I need and not driving will help watch my carbon foot print and keep my use of single use plastic down as well.

  • Susan Rubin 7/26/2020 4:56 AM
    I am watching my carbon foot print.  Currently I am furloughed from my job and do not drive the 10 mile commute.  One less car on the road.  

  • Susan Rubin 7/25/2020 5:17 AM
    To help minimize packaging, I have been making my own hummus.  I have sesame tahini  in the pantry.  I use it for hummus, dressings and a peanut butter substitute.  I like to make more of a traditional hummus with chick peas/garbanzo beans.  I put my chick peas, two table spoons of tahini, fresh garlic and fresh lemon in the food processor.  I do add a bit of cumin seed to the mix.  Once the ingredients are blended it is ready to eat.  Adding toasted pine nuts and a lit drizzle of olive oil and it is perfect to serve with pita chips and veggies.  Keeping it a room temperature or warming is how this would be served in Israel.   

    • Sally Sherman 7/25/2020 2:28 PM
      I make mine, too. If you start with dried garbanzos and soak them overnight in water with a little baking soda, they get really soft and your hummus will be super-creamy.

  • Susan Rubin 7/24/2020 6:06 AM
    I was reading in Birds & Blooms magazine on the rapidly declining of the Monarch Butterfly.  This is due to loss of habitat.  This is why planting Milkweed is so important.   A quote from the article is "The bottom line is, if milkweed disappears so will the monarchs."  With this article is what type of milkweed grows best in different places in the US.   I will learn more about what grows best in Arizona; so I can make the best choices for my garden, as well as saving milkweed and the Monarch Butterflies.  

  • Susan Rubin 7/23/2020 6:05 AM
    I am a member of Wild Birds Unlimited.  Once a year they do a bird feeder swap.  I have recently upgraded my hummingbirds feeder to the Pagoda High Perch Hummingbird Feeder.  This allows me to get the top of the line feeder for my hummingbirds as well as keep plastic out of the environment.  I get an extra discount along with my membership discount as well.  The feeders are than refurbish the old feeders to donate them.  These feeders go to parks and other places that feed pollinators; plus educate the public.

  • Susan Rubin 7/22/2020 4:42 AM
    I have been working on always turning off lights and fans when leaving a room.  Running a dish washer or washing machine during non peak hours helps during the day when everyone who has AC or a swamp cooler on.  When a lot of power is used during the summer; brown outs and black outs happen.  To prevent this from happening, do your wash after work and reduce what you use during the day.