July 1 - July 31, 2018
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Sarah Smith

Calgary Zoo "Stampede Stomp Out Plastic" Team

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 2,257 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    16
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    100
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    2
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    19
    disposable cups
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    5
    conversations
    with people
  • up to
    240
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    2
    hours
    volunteered
  • up to
    21
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    27
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill

Challenges

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Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 2 hour(s) in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Lifestyle

Compost 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

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Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Community

Host a House Party

I will host a house party with friends and/or colleagues to watch a movie or present a guest speaker on plastics.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Personal Care

Dam the Flow

I will use a menstrual cup and/or cloth pads

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Lifestyle

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors. Why not try using hair conditioner instead of shaving foam for that baby smooth feel?

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Lifestyle

Naked Bins

I will either line my trash cans with repurposed newspaper or paper bags, or I will not line my trash cans at all.

COMPLETED 11 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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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

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Community

Join a Cleanup Effort

I will host or participate in a beach, highway, river, or other cleanup effort in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 10 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 24 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Use a Reusable Mug

I will avoid sending 1 disposable cup(s) to the landfill per day by using a reusable mug.

COMPLETED 19 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 10 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases, including produce bags.

COMPLETED 14 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Use Reusables at Work

I will use reusable dishes and silverware when eating at work.

COMPLETED 13 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Advocate For More Food Packaging Options

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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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 14 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Use Reusable Utensils

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

COMPLETED 16 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Takeout Pro

I will use my own containers when ordering takeout.

COMPLETED 7 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Skip the Straw

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

COMPLETED 27 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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  • Sarah Smith 8/01/2018 2:04 PM
    It's August 1 and I am already missing my happy little checklist of actions that cheered me on when I clicked them. :D

  • Sarah Smith 7/31/2018 11:45 AM
    My last post is a big thank you to the organizers of this challenge! It's been a great month of reflection and discovery, and most importantly, I think: community building! I love how many of us are out in the world, each of us pushing hard to make a difference. It's very heartening! Best of luck to everyone in continuing the sustainability journey and I hope we meet again soon!

  • Sarah Smith 7/30/2018 8:06 AM
    When one change leads to another (possibly even more meaningful) change:
    https://earther.gizmodo.com/this-latest-straw-ban-also-comes-with-a-ban-on-toxic-fo-1827926215

  • Sarah Smith 7/29/2018 8:45 AM
    Edible cutlery?
    While on the surface, this seems like an innovative solution to the single-use plastics issue, the statement from the environmentalist interviewed for the article was very telling:
    "....replacing single-use plastic with another single-use product isn't going to solve the problem because — while better than plastic — edible options also use up a lot of resources and energy. "We are still dedicating a lot of our resources to these new products, whether it is to create them, transport them, have them packaged or processed." Those resources could be used in other ways to reduce plastic waste, said Alfred. 
    The cutlery also requires significant resources for packaging and shipping. Since the edible cutlery are more likely than plastic to break, the cutlery is packaged in paper bags and boxed in styrofoam, Peesapaty told CBC News."
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/bakeys-edible-cutlery-1.4763171

  • Sarah Smith 7/28/2018 6:10 PM
    Some very good conversations about plastic and throwaway lifestyle happening with my kids. PFJ has been a great project.

  • Sarah Smith 7/27/2018 5:00 AM

    • mara hart 7/27/2018 6:16 AM
      This is such a great flow chart! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah Smith 7/26/2018 12:39 PM
    I think the hardest challenge for me so far has been the consumer advocate items. Finding the time to sit down and write to grocery stores, Starbucks, fast food chains, etc is tough! 
    Another symptom of the chaotic lifestyle that generates the plastic convenience items in the first place: too much busy busy busy.

  • Sarah Smith 7/25/2018 8:38 AM
    I am extending our zoo litter pick up until Friday. Tag in on our yammer thread so we know you participated!
    Don't forget to come see a documentary on plastics on Monday, July 30 at Esso Auditorium!

  • Sarah Smith 7/24/2018 9:32 AM
    A small group of us watched Plastic Ocean last night for one of our PFJ group events at the Calgary Zoo. 
    Talk about a punch-in-the-gut kind of documentary. It's well worth a watch and is currently available on Canadian Netflix.
    For the Calgary team that missed it, we are doing another Doc & Discuss night on Monday, July 30 in the Esso Auditorium. We are starting at 6pm so that those who finish later have a chance to join us. We have another good selection to choose from for docs: 
    Oceans: Mystery of the Missing Plastic
    or 
    The Story of Stuff - we'll do a selection of minis and discuss the ideas as we go.
    or
    Your Suggestion! Feel free to bring in ideas!

  • Sarah Smith 7/24/2018 9:19 AM
    Come on Calgary Zoo! Today is our Litter Pick Up day! Take 15 minutes to pick up litter on park or in the parking lot and tag yourself in to our thread on zoo Yammer! Our zoo is pretty clean and tidy, but we've got lots of little pieces of garbage hiding in the undergrowth. Let's get those out before they get a chance to harm wildlife or end up in the river!
    Go team go!
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