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Anna Maria Waterhouse

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"Leave only footprints"

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  • 1,782 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    101
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    40
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    donations
    made
  • up to
    16
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    1.0
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    365
    minutes
    spent learning

Anna Maria's Actions

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

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One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 40 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 6 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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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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Family

Discover Together

I will spend 5 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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Community

Learn about Plastic Production

Plastic production, not just disposal, pollutes communities and harms people. I will learn about the impacts of plastic production on humans, animals, communities, and the environment.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Clean Plate Club

When I need to replace my dish soap, I will switch to a bar or refillable option.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

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Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own snacks and meals in my own containers to avoid the waste of take-out containers.

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Food

Advocate For Better Food Packaging

I will advocate for alternatives to single use packaging at local grocery stores, markets, or work.

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Community

Host a Watch Party

I will host a watch party with friends and/or colleagues to watch and discuss a movie about plastics.

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Personal Care

Green Beauty

When it's time to buy more, I will replace my beauty products with refillable, sustainable, and/or DIY options.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Sustainable Suds

I will replace my soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and lotions with a sustainable, unpackaged, or refillable option.

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One-Time Action

Community

Dig into Bioplastics

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching the impacts of bioplastics and how to properly dispose of them in my city, and I will share this information with 2 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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One-Time Action

Pets

DIY Cat Litter

I will swap out my cat's litter for sawdust, mulch, or dirt with baking soda.

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Personal Care

Eco Deodorant

I will switch to a plastic-free deodorant — whether purchased or DIY'd.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brush with Bamboo

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Plant a Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

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

Food

Switch to Loose Leaf Tea

Because many tea bags and most sleeves and sachets contain plastic, I will switch to using loose leaf tea.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 7/30/2022 6:04 PM
    Pineapple sage and dandelion tea today. Pick and mixing herbs and flowers from the garden this past month has been a delightful experience. Light and refreshing!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Learn about Plastic Production
    What did you learn about how plastic production impacts humans, animals, communities, and the environment? Which of these impacts specifically affects your community?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 7/30/2022 8:26 AM
    "The camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself" Edward Weston

    I took this photo at a gannet colony in NZ. If we were to look at this from another perspective, from the inside out, would cause of death, be a belly full of plastic? Having seen the impacts of plastic on birds and marine life throughout this eco challenge, it's quite likely. Globally plastic production is increasing every year, so is climate change. One cannot hide, bury their head, stand back or watch on any longer.  Grateful for the learnings this month I'll continue to reduce purchasing single use plastic and look for sustainable alternatives. Zero plastic is the goal, healthier humans, healthier wildlife, thriving communities, environment and planet. Collectively, it's very possible.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Dig into Bioplastics
    What did you learn about bioplastic production and disposal? Did anything surprise you? Are bioplastics accepted by your city's waste management?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 7/30/2022 5:50 AM
    I learnt bioplastics are recycled separately and not all countries have processing plants. We do have a processing plant in our region. Soft plastics though, can only be dropped off at a few select stores and our local supermarket had removed their recycle bin which was disappointing. The innovative products they're making out of recycling soft plastics was fascinating so I'm hoping recycling points become more accessible in the near future. Until then I'll continue to find ways to try and reduce my plastic consumption.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Raise Money For a Nonprofit
    What are organizations in your region doing to address plastic pollution or other related issues? How can you support them?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 7/30/2022 5:01 AM
    NZ is seabird capital of the world. Many species are now threatened due to the impact of climate change and plastic pollution on land and at sea.  Forest and Bird is working to protect these species and have a Plastic Pledge urging our Ministry of Environment to work with industry and public to reduce plastic waste and stop it from entering oceans. I've made a small donation in support.
     
  • Reflection Question
    Pets DIY Cat Litter
    Other species can teach us important lessons about ourselves and life in general. What has your cat taught you?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 7/29/2022 2:31 AM
    Cat's once revered as gods and goddesses for protecting food crops,  have always been a part of our family.  Yup, I'm a cat person! Here's what I've learnt from felines over the years:
    1. Loyalty. Trust. Patience.
    4. Honor thy space.
    5. There's a time for silence, a time to purr and a time to roar. 
    6. You don't need to speak the same language to understand each other.
    7.  Listen to thy cat. Cat senses are far superior to human senses. 
    8. If a stray cat arrives, make it welcome.
    9. Play as long as you like, sleep as much as you need. 
    10. Unconditional love. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 7/28/2022 9:03 PM
    There's a feeling of a greater connectivity to your community, when  helping to keep the area you live tidy, and ripples out to the wider environment too. Removing plastic bottles and debris wedged into storm water drains reduces flooding, creates safer driving conditions, protects wildlife, local waterways, and oceans from the damaging effects of plastic and other litter. 

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 7/28/2022 8:22 PM
    Took a walk up to the local park today, picking up plastic and other litter along the way. It was surprising how many large 2L and 1L plastic bottles there were, along with a some single use items, water bottles, drink cans, plastic sauce packaging, gloves and masks. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Homemade Cleaners
    What did you learn by making your own cleaning products? What is the biggest difference in making vs buying?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 7/27/2022 7:21 PM
    That many natural and organic items can be used for cleaning products, lemons, vinegar, baking soda. Saves on costs and environmentally friendly to humans, wildlife and the planet. Lemons bring back the shine to brass, and lemon with baking soda shines sinks too. Bringing fragrant flowers or herbs like marigolds, calendula, basil and mint indoors make for great air fresheners and insect repellants. No synthetic chemicals and fragrances which are severe endocrine disruptors, reduces risk of cancer and many endocrine disorders.  
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Clean Plate Club
    How easy was this swap for you? Did you have any concerns before making it?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 7/27/2022 6:51 PM
    Easy swap for me! We used these soap bars all the time as a kid and then gradually just used them for outdoor washing up or soaking laundry. They're now back in the kitchen sink, kinder on the hands and environment. Plastic packaging, ZERO!
  • Reflection Question
    Pets All Natural Pet Toys
    In what ways is supplying your pet with all natural pet toys better for your pet, better for you, and better for the environment?

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    Anna Maria Waterhouse 7/27/2022 3:42 AM
    My feline pretty much ignores pet toys and quite happily plays when she feels like it, with a ball of wool, twig or sprig of catnip - all eco friendly. 
    Cat nip grows easily, and a miracle cure to some cat ailments. When one of my cats was displaying leg pain, curled up and not eating, I was prepared for a  visit to the vet in the morning, This cat loved the scent of catnip so I thought I'd place a sprig next to him for the night. Surprisingly he quickly devoured a few leaves, then a few more in the morning and good as new, running around again. Natural medicine.