July 1 - July 31, 2019

Maggie Schumacher

Aquarium of the Pacific

"To make our world a better place...one choice at a time"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,328 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    23
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    115
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    226
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    6
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    14
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    22
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Challenges

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 5 hour(s) in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug or bringing my own collapsible cup.

COMPLETED 23
DAILY CHALLENGES

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 Challenge

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 1 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY CHALLENGES

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 20 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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 Challenge

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 27
DAILY CHALLENGES

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own airplane snacks and eat at local restaurants to avoid take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 1 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 6
DAILY CHALLENGES

Family

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 2 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed

  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Utensils
    How can you be an advocate for using resusables instead of disposables for the rest of your community? Where are they currently dependent on disposable cutlery, and how can you convince them of the need for change?

    Maggie Schumacher 7/31/2019 7:14 AM
    The greatest challenge is around convenience.  We have had many conversations with friends about being prepared with straws and flatware with us when out and about.  By taking our own action of refusing plastic and having reusable options, we are setting an example and inspiring others that are ready to make a change for a better planet!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Toiletries
    What is the benefit of using bar soaps or refilling your travel sized containers? Is this an action you think you will keep in your life?

    Maggie Schumacher 7/31/2019 7:10 AM
    With a little effort and planning this is an easy choice!  After a few time of being mindful, this will be an easy habit to keep!

  • Maggie Schumacher 7/31/2019 7:04 AM
    This has been a great challenge for me and my family.  It has helped us increase our awareness of our day to day usage of plastic and reduce our impact.  We will continue to educate ourselves and be mindful of our choices and share what we have learned with our friends and our community!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

    Maggie Schumacher 7/31/2019 7:00 AM
    Planning ahead makes this fairly simple.   Each family member has their own "travel bag" with snacks, reusable water bottles and reusable utensils and straws.  Happy plastic free travels!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Skip the Straw
    Have you noticed a shift in your community as more messaging about reusable straws becomes mainstream? Cite some examples.

    Maggie Schumacher 7/29/2019 10:13 AM
    I have noticed a few restaurants that offer paper straws.  There are also a few that have reusable straws.  Some are providing only upon request.  There is still so many straws used though!   The importance of each person being more aware of the impact of straws and making choices to avoid using them is critical for significant change.
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

    Maggie Schumacher 7/29/2019 10:09 AM
    Plastic: The Real Sea Monster
    Continuing to learn how plastic breaks down in water and it's impact on not only the ocean and it's creatures, but it's lasting impact on everyone and everything!   We have a couple more documentaries on our list to watch!

  • Maggie Schumacher 7/28/2019 4:57 PM
    Today while travelling we brought our own shampoo/conditioner, travel mugs, straws and water bottles.  The amount of plastic saved felt really good!
  • Reflection Question
    Family Glass Bottle Baby
    How can you take your commitment to sustainable living beyond yourself and your family? How can you, personally, work toward broader change?

    Maggie Schumacher 7/28/2019 4:55 PM
    There have been a few places that we go to regularly that have gone green and support our efforts and encourage others to join.  
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use a Reusable Mug / Collapsible Cup
    Great job on getting rid of your disposable cup habit! How does it make you feel? What's next on your list to reduce your waste?

    Maggie Schumacher 7/27/2019 8:26 PM
    This has been one of the easiest habits to create.  Our family now has a bag that has cutlery, metal straws and to go containers for eating out.  Not only does it make us feel good to take action, but it also sparks conversations with others.  
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

    Maggie Schumacher 7/27/2019 5:45 PM
    This was a great way to really look at our usage and recognize where we have room for improvement.  What surprised me the most was beauty/cleaning products.  Already making changes...