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Karen Schenk

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

"Lead by example, and invite others to help in the effort to eliminate single use plastic."

Points Total

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  • 0 This Week
  • 972 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    110
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    205
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    10
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    2
    public officials or leaders
    contacted
  • up to
    21
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Karen's Actions

Community

Write Letters or Emails

I will write 1 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 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

I will raise money to support a nonprofit dedicated to plastic pollution reduction.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Just Say No

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

COMPLETED 9
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.

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

Family

Natural Paints

I will paint rooms in my home with low/no VOC or natural paints.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Sign a Petition

I will sign a petition in support of a plastic-related initiative in my state/province.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community that follows the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day while following the CDC’s current guidelines for prevention of disease transfer.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 2 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

Uncompleted
One-Time Action

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    Karen Schenk 7/31/2020 5:37 PM
    Did buy the paint with best intentions to paint two walls of one of the rooms that needs some touch up.... but did not get to the chore yet, so plastic free efforts will continue past July! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

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    Karen Schenk 7/30/2020 8:29 PM
    While on vacation, it ca be challenging to remain plastic free.  When visiting new places we did make sure to support local restaurants.  
  • Reflection Question
    Community Join a Cleanup Effort
    How does working with others to clean up your community make you feel?

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    Karen Schenk 7/30/2020 8:26 PM
    I had hoped to join a clean-up effort during our Plastic Free July challenge, but was unable to complete pull this goal off.  However! i did research ways in which to develop a community clean-up effort along our O'Shaughnessy north of the Zoo, and resources for other community clean-up efforts through City of Columbus.  You can visit this link to find resources as well!   https://www.columbus.gov/volunteers/

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    Karen Schenk 7/27/2020 9:10 PM
    Has anyone had any luck with resources for used dog collars and leashes?  I have been unsuccessful with online searches.

    • Jennifer Ryan's avatar
      Jennifer Ryan 7/29/2020 12:39 PM
      The Goodwill has pet dishes sometimes, maybe they have leashes/collars too?


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      Karen Schenk 7/28/2020 9:59 PM
      Rachel - 
      Thanks for the tips!  I will give this a try.

    • Rachel Handy's avatar
      Rachel Handy 7/28/2020 7:38 PM
      Karen, 
      Have you tried New Uses? I'm not sure if the store is open right now due to Covid, but in the past I shopped there often for lots of gently used (or new!) items. Another online method you could try might be Facebook marketplace, or even just posting to friends and family to see if anyone has extras lying around not in use. Good Luck!

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    Karen Schenk 7/27/2020 9:04 PM
    My periodic search for petitions has lead me to many resources and organizations that are working towards change.  It is both enlightening to read these articles as well as inspiring and uplifting - many voices can make a difference.

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    Karen Schenk 7/26/2020 9:14 PM
    Today we struggled.  We were armed with reusable water containers, but the water was suspect at the hotel, and out of anxst we fell prey to purchasing bottled water. There is tomorrow!!!

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    Karen Schenk 7/23/2020 6:21 PM
    As I packed for our family road trip, I used an old bottle to fill with lotion. It was not easy, and it was not pretty... but I was successful. HA! It felt good to do this little task and to refill old shampoo and face wash containers.

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    Karen Schenk 7/20/2020 8:12 PM
    Tonight is take the trash and recycling to the curb night.  While I did not do a complete audit, I will say that we have done well to reduce our garbage and we compost regularly.  We recycle far more than we throw away - but ultimately, we need to re-commit to non-plastic packaging.

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    Karen Schenk 7/19/2020 3:58 PM
    My daughter and I grew a vegetable garden again this summer, and now that the yellow squash and zucchini are coming in, we are vegetable rich.  We have been sharing with co-workers at the Zoo and at her place of work.  No plastic in the exchanges!

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      joy kotheimer 7/20/2020 9:28 AM
      As soon as my tomatoes take off I will likely bring some in too! 

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    Karen Schenk 7/14/2020 7:28 PM
    Manager of the Day duties gave me the extra opportunity to pick up trash and litter... and it was a gorgeous day, so really not a chore at all!

    • Alison  Edwards's avatar
      Alison Edwards 7/15/2020 7:29 PM
      This is awesome. I think its so cool that we can lead by example by picking up trash that we see on grounds ( and everywhere else)!