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Kaitlyn Ulrich

Maryland Zoo

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POINTS TOTAL

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  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 1,656 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    30
    minutes
    spent learning
  • UP TO
    28
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • UP TO
    62
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill

Kaitlyn's actions

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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ONE-TIME ACTION

Family + Pets

Homemade Pet Treats

I will prepare my own pet treats to avoid plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 0
DAILY ACTIONS

Kitchen

Skip Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

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 31
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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Study

Follow the Chasing Arrows

The chasing arrows symbol we associate with recycling doesn't always actually mean something is recyclable. I will spend at least 10 minutes learning the different meanings the symbol can have.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Study

Numbers Everywhere

The numbers #1-7 on plastics tell us a lot - and can help us be better recyclers. I will learn what these numbers mean and which types of plastics are accepted for recycling in my area.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

Family + Pets

Balloons Blow

Although a long-standing festive tradition, balloons are harmful for animals and the environment. I will spend 10 learning about the dangers of balloons and find eco-friendly alternatives to use instead.

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ONE-TIME ACTION

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    Kaitlyn Ulrich 8/01/2023 5:40 AM
    Great job team! We finished in first once again!

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    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/31/2023 8:52 AM
    It's the last day of the Ecochallenge! Way to go team!

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    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/27/2023 10:58 AM
    Just four days left - keep on chugging team!

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    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/26/2023 1:07 PM
    5 days to go! Keep it up team!

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    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/25/2023 1:03 PM
    One week from now will be August! 😳

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    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/24/2023 6:27 AM
    This weekend I purchased 100% recycled paper towels!

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    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/22/2023 11:29 AM
    Just over a week to go - keep it up team!
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    Study Numbers Everywhere
    Were you surprised by what the different plastic identification numbers mean? How can this information help you become a better recycler?

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    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/21/2023 7:25 AM
    I never realized there were so many different kinds of plastic! I will make sure to look at every number before attempting to recycle different items.

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    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/21/2023 7:24 AM
    We got Indian food takeout last night that came in reusable plastic containers. They are the perfect size to pack my lunch in over and over!

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    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/20/2023 6:48 AM
    Just over a week to go! Keep it up plastic-free warriors!