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Laura Newman

Maryland Zoo

"I can't wait to challenge myself to reduce my use of plastics!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,383 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    donations
    made
  • up to
    66
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    174
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    28
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    60
    plastic straws
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    26
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Laura's Actions

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

DIY Cat Litter

I will swap out my cat's litter for sawdust, mulch, and dirt with baking soda.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will purchase my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes from the thrift store.

Completed
One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

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 28
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Share My Actions

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Keep My Community Clean

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

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Skip the Straw

I will keep 2 plastic straw(s) out of the landfill per day by refusing straws or using my own glass/metal straw.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

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

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 2 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Plant a Garden

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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

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 26
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pretty oh so Pretty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

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    Laura Newman 7/08/2019 7:35 AM
    By talking about it. Making conscious choices and discussing them with the people around me goes a long way.

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    Laura Newman 7/08/2019 7:30 AM
    It has been such great encouragement for me to actually pack a lunch every day. That way I'm not trying to find something convenient but unhealthy to eat by midday!
  • Reflection Question
    Food Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal
    Do an inventory of your kitchen to see how many single-use plastics you've used in the past. What are some resuable alternatives to these commonly used products? What would your impact be if you switched all the single-use products from your inventory to reusable?

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    Laura Newman 7/08/2019 7:03 AM
    I got out of the habit of using my beeswax cling wrap alternative and my reusable baggies. Being better about using the alternatives would make a big impact for my family. 
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

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    Laura Newman 7/02/2019 2:43 PM
    It will encourage me to make more of an effort to figure out meals based on what I already have on hand instead of heading out to the store. 
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

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    Laura Newman 7/02/2019 2:42 PM
    It forces me to be much more present and willing to observe the community around me. 

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    Laura Newman 7/01/2019 5:49 PM
    Loved picking up pieces of litter while I was out and about on zoo grounds today!

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    Laura Newman 6/30/2019 10:46 AM
    Only one more day! My husband and I have been looking in to what types of herbs we use the most and what we can put in our new herb garden. What do you all grow yourself?

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    Laura Newman 6/29/2019 11:04 AM
    Only two more days, y’all! I’ve got my beeswrap  all ready. 😁

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    Laura Newman 6/28/2019 2:10 PM
    We still have a few more days and I’m already becoming much more aware of the plastics in my daily life. 

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    Laura Newman 6/27/2019 5:20 PM
    My husband and I are planning to head to the store this weekend to pick up some last minute necessities to make sure we get off to Plastic Free July on our best foot!