July 1 - July 31, 2018

Robin Sutker

Maryland Zoo

"Save all the animals!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,928 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    90
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    30
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    community events
    hosted or attended
  • up to
    150
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    30
    zero-waste meals
    consumed
  • up to
    150
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted
  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    4
    hours
    volunteered

Challenges

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Lobby for Reusables

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Plant a Garden

I will plant an herb or vegetable garden in my home, workplace, or community garden

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

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

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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

Fresh as a Daisy

I will use deodorant either from a bar or a jar or I will make my own.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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

Create Your Own

Reduce Reuse Recycle (and Replace!) at the zoo.

I will reduce my dependency on plastic/single use products, reuse where possible, and properly recycle all products that can be. I will replace items that are normally only used one (gloves, trash bags, etc.) with reusable items (rubber gloves, buckets, etc.). I will work with my team to make these steps reality - and long lasting!

Uncompleted
Create Your Own Challenge

Community

Volunteer in my Community

I will volunteer 4 hour(s) in my community.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

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

Personal Care

Tim Taylor Your Beauty Products

I will lessen my plastic impact by making my own makeup.

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

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Visit the Butcher

I will purchase meats and cheeses from the deli counter or a butcher shop, and use my own containers to do so.

COMPLETED 24 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Personal Care

Just Say No

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 30 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 28 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 30 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 30 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

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

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

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

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

Shop the Bulk Bins

I will purchase dry goods from the bulk section of my grocery store, and use my own containers to do so.

COMPLETED 30 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 30 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 3 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 30 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Lifestyle

Compost Pet Waste

I will spend 60 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Food

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 30 OF 31
DAILY CHALLENGE

Feed


  • Robin Sutker 7/31/2018 4:28 AM
    Happy last day of Plastic Free July! Congrats to everyone, we made a huge impact!

  • Robin Sutker 7/30/2018 7:39 AM
    Just gave my reusable totes - including my Maryland Zoo Conservation one - a wash in the machine! Now they’re ready to save another days worth of single use plastic bags. No special treatment, just remove any hard plastic inserts and wash with the rest of the laundry. Easy!

  • Robin Sutker 7/29/2018 1:16 PM
    Plastic Free July's Facebook page posted about "compostable plastics," and their inability to decompose anywhere except in commercial composting facilities - aka NOT in at home and traditional composting systems. The biggest lesson from taking this challenge has been to read the fine print, always do your research on "the next big thing," and simply reduce my waste instead of just trying to figure out what do with it once its passed its use. This goes for eliminating straws (multi-use plastics are still plastic and still contribute to waste when they stop working), using tote bags for shopping, and hosting dinner for friends. Every purchase has a cost, and its up to us as individuals to make choices to reduce our impact. I wish it was as easy as typing this, but I'm working on it!

  • Robin Sutker 7/28/2018 4:57 PM
    Today at the farmers market I almost escaped plastic free - but the mixed greens have to be sold in plastic bags, because of health code reasons. Next season I hope to grow my own!

  • Robin Sutker 7/27/2018 9:39 AM
    Found a nail polish recycling option! Traditionally, you have to dry out polish and then you can toss the bottles in regular trash (because polish is considered hazardous waste by the EPA you can’t just toss a full bottle without fully drying it out!). Use Color Clutch (https://colorclutch.com/blogs/news/colorclutchx-recycle-your-nail-polish-for-free) for an easy way to RECYCLE your old nail polishes instead! I’ve been hoarding old bottles for years, and am so excited for a clean out. Can’t wait! I’ve heard Origins stores do the same for makeup, but I have to do more research. 

    • Robin Sutker 7/27/2018 10:33 AM
      Yup, I believe that's for the shipping - but the processing of the bottles is free.

    • mara hart 7/27/2018 10:31 AM
      Disclaimer: You have to pay $2.50 for a bag which holds 5-6lbs of nail polish

  • Robin Sutker 7/26/2018 8:09 AM
    Thanks to PFJ, I’ve shared tips and tricks with my parents. My family is historically a plastic wrap, water bottle, straw using bunch, but they’re taking slow and simple steps to change their habits. My next hope is my brother’s family - we’ll start with water bottles and straws. Slow and steady!

    • mara hart 7/26/2018 8:26 AM
      That's great! Sharing is a great way to reduce plastic use!

    • Rebecca Ries 7/26/2018 8:21 AM
      I'm slowing getting my family involved too.  I'ts exciting when they participate too.

  • Robin Sutker 7/25/2018 7:16 AM
    Easiest challenge? Skipping the straw! I use a water bottle daily and say no when offered straws at restaurants.

  • Robin Sutker 7/23/2018 5:08 PM
    Did you see Baltimore’s own trash eating hero got a shout out from the original Plastic Free July Facebook page? We’re so proud of our hometown super hero!

  • Robin Sutker 7/23/2018 5:07 PM
    Three quarters of the way there, we’re almost done with our very first Plastic Free July! Hoping to keep the learning going long after the summer is over too =)

  • Robin Sutker 7/22/2018 5:30 AM
    Alternative freezer options for food storage - glass or metal? I’ve read pros and cons for both. 

    • Robin Sutker 7/23/2018 5:06 PM
      That seems to be the popular alternative. Thanks!

    • Mary Ciesluk 7/22/2018 7:04 PM
      We use glass, and for soups and other liquid food  we often use canning jars.