July 1 - July 31, 2019

Kaitlyn Ulrich

Maryland Zoo

"We're all for animals - keep plastic out of their environment! "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,764 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    4
    petitions
    signed
  • up to
    21
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    38
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    33
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    76
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    10
    minutes
    spent learning

Challenges

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 21
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 2 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY CHALLENGES

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

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

COMPLETED 19
DAILY CHALLENGES

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

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

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.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 3 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY CHALLENGES

Community

Sign a Petition

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY CHALLENGES

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Pets

Pet Waste

I will spend 10 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will purchase my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes from the thrift store.

Uncompleted
One-Time Challenge

Feed


  • Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/31/2019 11:04 AM
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  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Containers
    How can you think outside the box (or bag!) when it comes to disposables?

    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/31/2019 11:04 AM
    Use reusable plastic bags or glass containers - I love using my pyrex containers for everything! 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Use Reusable Water Bottles
    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?

    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/31/2019 10:53 AM
    More people should reach out to these companies through social media or advocate for change. Either that or refuse to purchase their product. 
  • 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?

    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/31/2019 10:52 AM
    We mostly use only reusable cutlery at work but still have some plastic disposables. We try to use them as little as possible! 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Complete a Waste Audit
    What did you learn about the waste you create? Where can you reduce the most?

    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/30/2019 9:04 AM
    We have a lot of trash and recycling. I would say we could reduce the amount of paper towels we use. Sometimes such a waste when you could be using a dish cloth instead. 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Thrifty Pets
    How does buying used differ from buying new? How does each purchasing decision make you feel?

    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/30/2019 9:03 AM
    I love thrift shops and buying used! It's so much cheaper, you're giving new life to something someone didn't want anymore, and you get rare finds you may not find at the mall! 
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Pet Waste
    By composting your pet waste, you are turning waste into nutrients to feed the soil. In what other ways can you turn waste into a resource in your life?

    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/30/2019 8:59 AM
    Reusing plastics for DIY projects is very fun, easy and cheap! Plus, we compost at work so our waste is feeding the soil for other plants to grow. Reduce and reuse! 
  • 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?

    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/30/2019 8:57 AM
    Travel sized containers allow you to only take what you need on your trip. For only a few days or a week it is a perfect size and you never have to buy a new bottle for traveling! You can always use the same ones. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Share My Actions
    In what ways is social media an effective tool for sharing your values?

    Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/30/2019 8:56 AM
    Social media allows an easy way to connect people on issues they care about. Working together to share a message allows that message to spread to others easily on digital platforms. 

  • Kaitlyn Ulrich 7/29/2019 7:33 AM
    Can you believe August starts this week?!