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Erica Farrell

Zoo New England

"Find new, sustainable alternatives to plastic and reduce my contribution to this global problem."

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    72
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    1.0
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    95
    minutes
    spent learning

Erica's Actions

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 24
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Lather Up

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Buy Unpackaged Produce

I will purchase produce items without plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Rubber Glove Pet Hair Removal

I will use a rubber glove to remove pet hair from clothes, carpets and furniture.

COMPLETED 4
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

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Eating

If traveling, I will bring my own airplane snacks and eat at local restaurants to avoid take-out containers.

Completed
One-Time Action

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 0
DAILY ACTIONS

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 Action

Food

Minimize Packaging

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

COMPLETED 6
DAILY ACTIONS

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Create Your Own Action

Plastic Free Laundry 🧺

I would like to reduce plastic waste created by laundry detergent. I will switch to a plastic free or minimal plastic option and look into dryer sheet alternatives

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Smart
    How can/did you prepare to be successful in this action? Did you engage in conversation with anyone about your new habit?

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    Erica Farrell 7/31/2019 6:05 PM
    I just took a little more time to plan my trip to make sure I had the reusables I would need while traveling. You never know when you want a coffee and who realistically eats leftovers while traveling??  Just eat out and only order what you’ll actually eat. Good way to save money too. 
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Toiletries
    What is the benefit of using bar soaps or refilling your travel sized containers? Is this an action you think you will keep in your life?

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    Erica Farrell 7/31/2019 6:02 PM
    Keeping it!!  I don’t need to purchase more crap!!  I can easily fill my travel bottles from my supple at home and bringing a bar option on the road or plane eliminates the worry that they’ll spill or explode in your bag and eliminates the worry that you have too much liquid for TSA approval!  Ditch the liquid and plastic!
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Travel Eating
    Was this action easy or difficult to do? How did it change your travel experience?

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    Erica Farrell 7/31/2019 5:59 PM
    It was easy. Took a few minutes more to pack more food and reusable items but it was worth it and made me happy to know we were doing our part and reducing our waste. We don’t really need all the convenience, we’re just use to it!  
  • Reflection Question
    Lifestyle Watch a Documentary
    Which documentary did you choose to watch? What did you learn?

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    Erica Farrell 7/31/2019 5:57 PM
    Inside the Garbage of the World Is what my husband and I watched. We learned about how much microplastics are in the ocean and how they have been increasing over time. Plastic will never go away and it’s likely in us already thought the food we consume.  It’s also a world wide problem and we need to come together and and help each other. Plastic free is already impossible because it’s here, but we can do our best to not continue on the same fast moving destructive path, and we need to start now in anyway we can. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pearly Whites
    Currently most of the packaging for toothpaste is plastic. How can you advocate for more alternatives through your purchasing power and influence in community?

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    Erica Farrell 7/31/2019 5:50 PM
    i can write a letter to the company I like best and encourage them to use more eco friendly packaging!!  If they don’t make progress, I can switch to a brand that does and share that with friends and family so they can make better decisions too!!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Shop the Bulk Bins
    How has buying bulk impacted the quality of the food you receive? Why do you think Western society relies more on prepackaged foods rather than buying in bulk?

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    Erica Farrell 7/27/2019 2:56 PM
    I wish i could say that it has improved the quality of food I have been consuming but in reality I’m having a hard time finding a bulk source!!  I think it’s easier for sellers to offer prepackaged foods because they last longer on the shelf and the freshness can be guaranteed. We’re all a bit spoiled about getting the freshest, non tampered with food.   We need to change our opinions about this and embrace the BULK!  It’ll be the freshest of we're all buying it

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    Erica Farrell 7/27/2019 1:46 PM
    My husband and I have been trying really hard to have a reduced plastic long weekend in ME. I brought as much food from our house, our reusable grocery bags, Tupperware, cups and straws too!  We also brought our compost bin so we could reduce our trash and we’ll bring it home (along with our non redeemable recycling). . We did have to go shopping for some snacks and beer, but we got the least amount of plastic we could manage to find , even searching for 5 minutes for dressing in a glass jar. We also opted for canned seltzer so absolutely 0 drinks in plastic!!  Tonight we’ll settle down for a good plastic documentary after dinner to wrap up the day right!!!  Who says you can't have fun and make progress on vacation!!!  *homemade Piña Colada* whoooooty hoooo! 

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    Erica Farrell 7/17/2019 6:38 PM
    First trip to the grocery store this month for my husband and I!  Yup, it’s been a while. I went hungry, so I’m sure I could’ve done better but I did my best to get as many of our regular items with the least plastic packaging as possible. It wasn’t easy and the snack and cleaning isle were making my head spin with plastic.  I felt like I made some small wins though: rice in boxes, cans of chicken broth, cans of juice and drinks, boxes of candy, bar soap in cardboard and I only got one vege in a plastic container (all the plastic bags that my veges are in I have reused since last JULY). Felt pretty good but know I have plenty of room to improve!!!

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    Erica Farrell 7/16/2019 4:25 AM
    Got my dropps and I’m going to try them out tonight on some dirty laundry. Already impressed on the size and material of the packaging. Check it out (my leatherman there for size reference)
  • Reflection Question
    Community Estimate Your Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral
    What did you find out about your plastic consumption by using the calculator? What did or didn't surprise you?

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    Erica Farrell 7/12/2019 7:08 PM
    I consume less than the average American but a lot more than I should!  The amount of plastic in feminine care really bothers me so that may be a new aspect of plastic free I look into.  free us women from relying on plastic!!!