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Ellon Ruschell

Maryland Zoo

"Eliminating plastic in my life to make life better for the planet. "

Points Total

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Participant Impact

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    advocacy actions
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    4
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    65
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    155
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    126
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Ellon's Actions

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

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One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Lather Up

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, and conditioners with either a bar or refillable option.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 1 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 30
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 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Give Up Gum

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share My Actions

I will make my environmental actions visible by posting to my social media networks.

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One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

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

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

Food

Say No to Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Ellon Ruschell's avatar
    Ellon Ruschell 7/30/2021 7:10 PM
    Almost done! It’s been fun :)
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pretty oh so Pretty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

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    Ellon Ruschell 7/29/2021 4:55 PM
    Just by having people look at the amount of packaging the things they are using has cause help them see the problem 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Ellon Ruschell 7/29/2021 4:54 PM
    Mix up my looks with clothes I already have!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Back in the Bowl
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

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    Ellon Ruschell 7/29/2021 4:53 PM
    It's hard because sometimes the things you want are in so much packaging and you might not realize it until you already bought it. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Lather Up
    What are the economic and personal benefits of switching to bar soap/shampoo/conditioner or refillable bottle options?

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    Ellon Ruschell 7/29/2021 4:53 PM
    Buying the big bottles usually ends up being cheaper per ounce. Then I just refill a smaller bottle for the shower. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Advocate For More Food Packaging Options
    Single use plastics have become normalized in our society to the point that most people don't see them as a problem. What would you say to a friend, colleague, or family member who may not understand why these disposables are an issue?

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    Ellon Ruschell 7/29/2021 4:52 PM
    I will tell them that it takes so long for them to decompose and that in trying to be efficient we are causing more harm.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Ask My Favorite Restaurant to Reduce Plastic Use
    What was your strategy in talking with your favorite restaurant's management? Did you find it to be effective?

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    Ellon Ruschell 7/29/2021 4:51 PM
    Not sure they will listen but at least I made my voice heard!

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    Ellon Ruschell 7/28/2021 1:50 PM
    I'm blown away by our team! Not only did we pull into 1st place but now we have a pretty solid lead. Nice work everyone!

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    Ellon Ruschell 7/27/2021 4:54 PM
    YES! MD Zoo in 1st place!!!!

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    Ellon Ruschell 7/26/2021 10:15 AM
    It's so exciting to see the gap between YES! and MD Zoo shrink! We got this!