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  • Janelle Patterson's avatar
    Janelle Patterson 7/29/2020 6:49 AM
    I can't believe July is almost over!

  • Chloe Olsen's avatar
    Chloe Olsen 7/28/2020 8:12 AM
    I'm looking for advice! Our family purchases meat in bulk, and our process includes freezing the meat in ziplock bags for storage. Does any one have a more  friendly solution to freezing bulk meats that doesn't take up a lot of space? I'd love to change the process to be more plastic conscious and use less waste!

    Thanks everyone!

    • Karen Means's avatar
      Karen Means 7/31/2020 2:20 PM
      Butchers have always used butcher paper to wrap the meat.  I think you can buy it from the butcher area at Dillons, possibly.

    • Janelle Patterson's avatar
      Janelle Patterson 7/29/2020 6:44 AM
      That's a great question and I'm interested to see what others are doing too. Last year we bought a couple silicone bags for school lunches and I have been wanting to buy larger ones to help replace gallon baggies. These worked better for some jobs cloth bags couldn't do. Maybe that could be an option.

  • Marcia Ellsworth's avatar
    Marcia Ellsworth 7/27/2020 8:50 AM
    Each time I start to grab a piece of plastic wrap, I am reminded that we all have a goal that we are working toward together. Instead, I choose a reusuable storage container.  It makes me feel that my efforts make a bigger impact when we are all in this together. Hopefully, the November election will bring together people who are willing to make sweeping changes that will protect the environment. Get out the vote!

  • Janelle Patterson's avatar
    Janelle Patterson 7/23/2020 7:00 AM
    Fun Fact: Since 1988, SCZ have been participating in the Guam Rail SSP, which is a part of the larger Ko’ko’ (Chamorro name for the Guam rail) recovery story. All of the birds in AZA zoos have always been and will remain in the ownership of the people of Guam. We are simply housing them in our care to better increase the odds of being able to breed, reintroduce, and conserve the species. The captive population of Guam Rails is divided between AZA zoos, and a breeding facility on Guam. The wild population now lives on Cocos and Rota, 2 islands next to Guam. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to completely eradicate the Brown Tree snake from Guam, which means that the rails and other bird species, would not be safe there.

  • Karen Means's avatar
    Karen Means 7/16/2020 10:00 AM
    Hello! Go team go! I've noticed that I am taking pride in using my reusable bags at the store. I feel pretty good about pulling them out of my trunk and and loading them up at Aldi's! 

  • Janelle Patterson's avatar
    Janelle Patterson 7/16/2020 9:57 AM
    Fun Fact: SCZ has housed Guam rails since 1988. However, guests here didn’t get their first look at a Guam rail on exhibit until 2015 when the Tropics was renovated and an ambassador Guam rail exhibit was constructed. As you know, Toru was raised specifically to act as an ambassador to the public to tell the story of his species. Prior to that, our birds were housed off-exhibit, including our previous ambassador, Pulan. Our Guam rail breeding facility continues (and will continue) to be off-exhibit since the birds are so secretive. 

  • Kelsey Perrymore's avatar
    Kelsey Perrymore 7/15/2020 9:00 AM
    We're halfway through the month! Have you discovered any obstacles to meeting your daily goals? How are you overcoming them? I've been buying more whole produce rather than pre-cut to avoid the styrofoam and plastic wrap. 

    • Janelle Patterson's avatar
      Janelle Patterson 7/22/2020 8:24 AM
      Go, Kels! I am finding my zero plastic meals more difficult this year. It seems like there is plastic used on everything. Also, plastic free produce is harder since we are not going to the farmer's market and my garden isn't as big this year.

  • Brittany Allison's avatar
    Brittany Allison 7/12/2020 12:53 PM
    For grocery pick up at Walmart, I call them after I have placed by order and ask for "no plastic". They have been very good about it. It was only forgotten once and I pick up groceries almost weekly. For Dillons, I think there is a way to ask for paper but I don't use them as much for pick up. 

  • Janelle Patterson's avatar
    Janelle Patterson 7/12/2020 9:56 AM
    Normally we go to the grocery store with reusable bags. I was thinking about using the store pickup but don't they give you a ton of plastic bags? Has anyone found a work around? 

  • Janelle Patterson's avatar
    Janelle Patterson 7/07/2020 6:07 AM
    Teammates can join anytime during the month. Help spread awareness and keep sending out invites!