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Debra Lee Norton Wear

National Aquarium

"To help raise awareness of the dangers of plastics and to spread awareness on how we can limit plastic use "

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,702 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    50
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    52
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    122
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    52
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    51
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1.0
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1.0
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    21
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    240
    minutes
    spent learning

Debra's Actions

Food

Advocate for Plastic-Free Dining

I will talk to the owner or manager of a restaurant I frequent to request that they reduce their use of single-use and disposable plastics.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Sustainable Suds

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Eco Deodorant

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 5 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Family

Learn about Environmental Justice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 30 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Give Some Green Gratitude

I will give a shout-out on social media to a local company, coworker, friend or family member for their plastic free or green efforts.

Completed
One-Time Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Clean Plate Club

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

Completed
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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate for Office Reusables

I will lobby my workplace to have reusable dishes and silverware in order to minimize disposables.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Advocate For Better Food Packaging

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 60 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Brush with Bamboo

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Research Local Waste Sites

I will spend 15 minutes finding out where landfills and/or toxic waste sites are situated in my region and which communities are most impacted by these sites.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

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

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Go Strawless

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

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Fill a Water Bottle

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

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Better Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

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 20
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 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip Plastic Bags

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

COMPLETED 20
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Buy Only What I Need

I will not buy anything except items required for health and safety.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

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.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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    Debra Lee Norton Wear 7/31/2022 6:46 PM
    I hope we can get even more people involved in the plastic challenge next year 
    The more people we can get involved the greater the impact we will have 

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    Debra Lee Norton Wear 7/31/2022 5:15 PM
    Why is chewing gum bad?
    Chewing gum, for its part, is made up of 80% plastic. As small as a piece might seem, it is estimated it would need five years to disappear and now consists of one of the waste
    But the good news is that there are biodegradable alternatives to gum

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    Debra Lee Norton Wear 7/31/2022 4:11 PM
    I think regular sail
    And water is better 

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    Debra Lee Norton Wear 7/31/2022 4:10 PM
    For those of us who like to chew gum I did some research to see if there was biodegradable gum since regular gum is an environmental nightmare.  I found out that 
    Simply Gum, a New York City-based company, makes its gum using only vegetable glycerine, raw sugar, organic rice flour, and natural flavoring. Simply Gum's gum and "post chew wraps" are biodegradable


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    Debra Lee Norton Wear 7/31/2022 4:06 PM
    Bamboo is also biodegradable if used in its raw form, such as for toothbrush handles. When the nylon bristles are removed, bamboo toothbrush handles can be composted, reused as garden plant markers, or other household uses!  This was something I I learned bc I was trying to find out how often uoy could use a bamboo toothbrush and the answer is that it should be replaced every three or four months like a regular one 

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    Debra Lee Norton Wear 7/31/2022 1:53 PM
    We should wear t shirts during the plastic free challenge when we are volunteering.  It would be a good conversation starter with our guests and it might encourage them to join our team n the challenge   

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    Debra Lee Norton Wear 7/31/2022 1:18 PM
    Thanks to our team captains for facilitating the plastic challenge and for their support and encouragement 
    It definitely takes a village 

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    Debra Lee Norton Wear 7/31/2022 1:10 PM
    I didn’t know what to expect y when o started this challenge. Once I invested myself in it, it became easier each day.  My goal is to keep the momentum going. I will miss the daily Check one because I do think it gives us a sense of accountability. I also think it is easier being part of a team bc you want yo try to for the best you can for the sake of the team if nothing else 

    I think the real challenge brings now. To do it on our own. No team. No accountability. Just because it is the right thing to do 

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    Debra Lee Norton Wear 7/31/2022 1:03 PM
    It is nice to see so many zoo and aquariums take part In this challenge.  I hope to see all of these groups next year plus more 

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    Debra Lee Norton Wear 7/31/2022 11:59 AM
    This is an awesome quote. Fitting for this challenge