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Susan Rubin

Reid Park Zoo

"Create inspiring memories for all by connecting people and animals to ensure the protection of wild animals and wild places."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 45 TODAY
  • 270 THIS WEEK
  • 1,985 TOTAL

participant impact

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    96
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    120
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    96
    conversations
    with people
  • UP TO
    55
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    120
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    120
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    224
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    119
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    120
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    6
    pounds
    waste avoided

Susan's actions

Study

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.

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DAILY ACTIONS

Family + Pets

DIY Cat Litter

I will swap out my cat's litter for sawdust, mulch, or dirt with baking soda.

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Family + Pets

Invest in a Pooper-Scooper

I will swap out my single use plastic bags for a pooper-scooper.

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Family + Pets

Discover Together

I will spend 6 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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Family + Pets

Use Reusable Baby Wipes

I will make better choices for the environment and my baby's bum by using reusable baby wipes most or all of the time.

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Family + Pets

Use Cloth Diapers

I will replace single use diapers with reusable cloth diapers.

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Family + 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 make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

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Family + Pets

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

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Family + Pets

Balloons Blow

Although a long-standing festive tradition, balloons are harmful for animals and the environment. I will spend 6 learning about the dangers of balloons and find eco-friendly alternatives to use instead.

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Bedroom

Clean the Dryer Vent

Every time we tumble dry our laundry, our clothes' lifespans get a little shorter. The lint trap is evidence of the shedding fibers and our clothes slowly losing their quality. The less time our clothes need to be in the dryer, the longer they'll last. So this month, I will clean my dryer's interior and exterior air vents to help the dryer work more efficiently (and extend the life of the dryer!).

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Bedroom

Ditch Dryer Sheets

Plastic sheets coated in softeners, lubricants, and fragrances, dryer sheets just aren't great for the planet or our bodies. Instead, I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

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Bedroom

Share my "why"

I will record a 15-20 second video sharing why I am taking action for the planet.

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Bedroom

Rethink Returns

While most stores offer lenient return policies, what actually happens to all of those returns? I will spend 6 minutes learning about what happens to returns and how I can make better purchasing decisions to avoid returns in the future.

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Bedroom

Declutter Sustainably

While it can be tempting to throw away (or drop off at Goodwill) any and everything that no longer brings us joy, there are so many options that are better for the planet! This month, I will declutter my home and properly dispose or re-home the things I no longer want.

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Bedroom

Recycling Textiles

Every single textile ever made will, at some point, become worn out - and dealing with that waste costs millions of tax dollars every year. I will spend 6 minutes learning about the different types of textile recycling and creating a plan for what I'll do with my clothes and other textiles when they are too worn out to use anymore.

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Bedroom

Catch Those Microfibers

When we wash our clothes, the heat and friction causes our clothes to wear down, releasing microfibers into the water stream. To combat and prevent these microfibers as much as possible, in addition to following best laundry practices, I will use a microfiber catcher in my laundry, or install a microfiber filter for my washing machine.

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Bedroom

Eco Detergent

Ditch the plastic jugs, artificial dyes, and harmful ingredients! When it's time to replace my current laundry detergent, I will switch to a natural laundry detergent that is packaged in glass or aluminum, or an alternative like soap nuts.

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Bedroom

Proper Clothing Care

All those symbols on our clothes, sheets, and towels actually have meanings! To ensure that I'm caring for my clothes properly, I will spend 6 minutes learning what the care symbols mean and laundry best practices to make all of my textiles last as long as possible.

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Bedroom

Mend and Repair

We've all got it - that thing in the back of our closet we keep saying we'll fix "one day." I will make today that day by learning how to mend or repair ripped or broken items in my home - or by finding a local offering to do it for me.

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Bathroom

Green Beauty

Globally, packaging manufacturers make about $25 billion each year on plastic beauty and personal care packaging. That's a whole lot of plastic - nearly all of which ends up in landfills. When it's time to buy more, I will replace my beauty products with refillable, sustainable, and/or DIY options.

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Bathroom

Pearly Whites

Nearly all toothpaste tubes are made from multiple layers of different types of plastic and aluminum, making them impossible to recycle and destined for landfill. When it's time to replace my current toothpaste, I will replace it with a plastic-free option.

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Kitchen

Dive Into Expiration Dates

Just because something is past its "expiration date," it might not actually be expired! I will spend 6 minutes learning about the difference between best by, use by, and sell by dates and how to tell if my food is actually expired.

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Kitchen

Skip Plastic Bags

Whenever possible, I will not accept any disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags. I will either use my own reusable bags, or keep my items loose.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Use a Reusable Mug

Even just one to-go coffee or tea a week adds up to 52 trashed cups in a year! I will avoid sending 4 disposable cups to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or travel cup.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Study

Learn about Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

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Study

Buy Only What I Need

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

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Bathroom

That Was a Close Shave

Who says we need 5 blades and a ribbon of shaving cream on every $5 razor blade cartridge, when a single blade causes less irritation and costs 92% less? This month, I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

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Bathroom

Brush with Bamboo

In the US, about 1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away each year. And because plastic is designed to last, nearly every plastic toothbrush ever created still exists. When it's time to replace my current toothbrush, I will replace it with a plastic-free bamboo option.

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Kitchen

Use Reusable Utensils

Whether I'm at work, on the go, or having food delivered, I will keep 10 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Take the pre-survey!

Help us make the Plastic Free Ecochallenge the best it can be! Take the challenge pre-survey (and look out for the post-survey at the end of the challenge!) so we can better understand the impact the challenge has and how we can improve in the future. Plus, you'll earn points for completing it! Thank you!

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Kitchen

Meatless Meals

There are many benefits to enjoying meatless meals - including reducing our plastic footprint. Most meats and dairy products are packaged in plastic, so this month, I will reduce my animal product consumption and enjoy 6 vegetarian or vegan meals each day.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Fill a Water Bottle

Bottled water corporations make plastic bottles, not water. If the tap water in my area is safe for consumption, I will use a reusable bottle instead and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 10 disposable plastic bottles a day.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Go Strawless

Each year, the International Coastal Cleanup reports that plastic straws and stirrers are one of the Top 10 most-collected items from their cleanups (top 5 in the US!). I will keep 6 plastic straws and/or stirrers out of the landfill each day by refusing straws or using my own reusable straw.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Susan Rubin 7/20/2024 3:50 AM
    Starting my day with a hike and a purpose. Contemplating, sharing , inspiring others to help make the Earth great again through conservation.

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    Susan Rubin 7/19/2024 9:40 AM
    Last night it rained. There will be water in Sabin Canyon. I enjoy a dip in the creek. I have a park pass. Instead of having a pool, I choose to swim in the creek when there is water. I will post photos later.

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    Susan Rubin 7/18/2024 3:59 AM
    Today I will be hiking in Sabino canyon. I have a metal water bottle. My sandwich and snack are packed in reusable sandwich bags that I purchased from the teen volunteers.

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    Susan Rubin 7/17/2024 3:39 PM
    It you get to the register at the grocery store opt for paper over plastic. Paper can be recycled and reused for book covers during back school; which is round the corner.

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    Susan Rubin 7/17/2024 3:37 PM
    Switching over to glass vs plastic for food storage. Glass can be put through the dishwasher and santized.

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    Susan Rubin 7/17/2024 3:36 PM
    Opt for regular plates and utensils, even for cookouts or picnics. It is a way of moving towards zero waste living.

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    Susan Rubin 7/17/2024 3:35 PM
    The truth about plastic is that it last a long time in our oceans, lakes rivers, sterams, and in the soil of many landfills. It is harmful to fish, turtles, birds, and all wildlife.

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    Susan Rubin 7/17/2024 3:30 PM
    Here is why it matters. According to the National Gardening Association, our country is moving in the right direction. Since 2008, around 2 million more families are planting vegetables in urban, rural, and suburban areas. The surge is mostly people younger than 35, who are also interested in canning and saving what they grow.

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    Susan Rubin 7/17/2024 3:27 PM
    :The sun Keeps on shining ". A song from Almost Monday. With that in mind but eco-conscious sunglasses. Look for those from bamboo, reclaimed wood, cork, or recycled instead of those made previously unused plast.

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    Susan Rubin 7/17/2024 3:21 PM
    How to be more environmental and a fun outing for your family is going to garage & yard sales and thrifting for cloths, household items, etc. It can be fun, and extending the lives of items helps reduce waste and maximize the original resources used to create them. Bonus is to have the most unique wardrobe. Make a fashion and conservational statement.