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Ian Shelley

Maryland Zoo

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 471 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    13
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    12
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    13
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    53
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Ian's actions

Kitchen

Use a Reusable Mug

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

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Fill a Water Bottle

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 1 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Glass Bottle Baby

I will replace 1 plastic bottles with glass or stainless steel alternatives.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Kitchen

Choose Reusable Food Storage

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

COMPLETED 13
DAILY ACTIONS

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Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden using as little plastic as possible and to save from the plastic used buying herbs and veggies.

UNCOMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

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Swap the Snacks

I will swap out 10 prepackaged snacks a day for fresh fruits or veggies.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Plastic Free Lunch Boxes

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and containers in my family's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Try a New Recipe

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 12
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Skip Plastic Bags

When possible, I will not use disposable bags when shopping, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 10
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Fill a Water Bottle
    Using the links provided, investigate the bottling practices of water corporations. There have been many cases where the water rights of the local people have been violated or even completely disregarded when a corporation decides to bottle water from a particular water source. How can you advocate for those who have been harmed by this bottling process?

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    Ian Shelley 7/31/2023 12:57 PM
    Researching the sources of companies' bottled water to make sure it comes from a source that is not exploiting local communities - it wasn't something I'd given much thought to before hearing stories in the news
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Minimize Packaging
    With the added mindfulness of reducing your packaging, what have you noticed about the amount and type of single use plastics used for packaging when you shop in the grocery store?

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    Ian Shelley 7/28/2023 7:14 AM
    Some food items have proven difficult to find without plastic packaging, or they're much cheaper with plastic bags than without. To compensate, we try to buy plastic-wrapped items in bulk to minimize the amount of packaging used per purchase.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Plastic Free Lunch Boxes
    Beyond reducing waste, there are many benefits to packing zero waste lunches (for kids or yourself!). What other benefits have you noticed from this practice?

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    Ian Shelley 7/28/2023 7:12 AM
    Less expensive - you buy the tupperware or lunch box once, and then never need replacements, as opposed to buying sandwich bags or paper bags over and over again
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Use a Reusable Mug
    Since the restrictions that COVID-19 has required of our society, trying to use your own cup might present new barriers, as well as new opportunities for creative problem solving. How were you able to achieve success on this action? How can you make it a long-term habit?

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    Ian Shelley 7/28/2023 7:11 AM
    When ordering takeout, I try to remember to request the minimal amount of additional materials, such as asking for no cutlery or napkins if I don't need them. I have tried in the past to bring my own tupperware, but restaurants don't allow it, unfortunately.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Try a New Recipe
    How do you feel about being more involved in the food preparation process? Joyful, overwhelmed, engaged, empowered? What are the benefits of choosing to process or produce your own food instead of buying it pre-processed?

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    Ian Shelley 7/14/2023 11:50 AM
    So far I've felt like there's a limit in how much cooking I can do that's completely packaging free - really just involving vegetables, since almost everything else has some packaging. I'm trying to steer more towards packaged foods that come in cardboard boxes or metal cans that can be recycled rather than plastic
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Swap the Snacks
    How does swapping out prepackaged snacks for fresh fruit or veggies benefit your family?

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    Ian Shelley 7/14/2023 11:48 AM
    Besides reducing plastic way, not buying pre-packaged fruit, such as bags of apples, makes it easier to check the quality of the produce before taking it home - you're less likely to find a rotten apple than you would be if you just grabbed a bag.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Choose Reusable Food Storage
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

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    Ian Shelley 7/14/2023 11:47 AM
    I have several Tupperwares of various sizes and shapes so that I'll always have reusable options to replace plastic bags for packing my lunch or snacks.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Skip Plastic Bags
    How difficult was this challenge for you? What made it easy or difficult?

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    Ian Shelley 7/04/2023 8:05 AM
    I've found it helps to always keep one or two reusable bags in the back of the car, just in case there are any unplanned stops to the store
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen 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?

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    Ian Shelley 7/03/2023 7:11 AM
    I've used the same refillable water bottle for about 20 years now, which has taken the place of an unknowable number of cups or plastic bottles
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Kitchen Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Ian Shelley 7/03/2023 7:10 AM
    Starting a small garden in my backyard. When I do buy herbs or spices, I either buy them loose (for the fresh herbs) or in glass jars (for spices and dried herbs)