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Maria Sainz

Blackbaud Community

Points Total

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Participant Impact

  • up to
    85
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    57
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    waste audits
    conducted

Maria's Actions

Pets

DIY Cat Litter

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

Completed
One-Time Action

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 Action

Food

Use Reusables at Work

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

COMPLETED 28
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

Food

Use Reusable Bags

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

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Pet Waste

I will spend 35 minutes learning how to compost pet waste at home or research pet waste composting services available in my area.

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

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 45 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

Completed
One-Time Action

Pets

All Natural Pet Toys

I will give my pets natural alternatives to toys like femur bones and antlers, canvas, natural rubber, hemp, rope or cotton toys. Or I will make our own toys from recycled items found in our home!

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

Create Your Own Action

Aluminum cans

I will donate my clean empty Aluminum cans to a local group to use for cash.

COMPLETED 28
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Maria Sainz 7/31/2019 9:44 AM
    I wanted to thank all those in the Blackbaud Community that choose to join me on this Challenge. Going Plastic free is not easy and convenience often wins  out over the effect on the ecosystem. I hope you have created some better habits to help keep single use plastic out of our landfills and oceans. Best Maria
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Thrifty Pets
    How does buying used differ from buying new? How does each purchasing decision make you feel?

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    Maria Sainz 7/29/2019 2:18 PM
    I feel great when I make these purchase's but i hate that i often have to drive from store to store to find some items. 

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    Maria Sainz 7/29/2019 2:16 PM
    Missed yesterday but found this great pic about Fabrics!

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    Maria Sainz 7/27/2019 2:09 PM
    What a great way to do bingo clean bottle caps on laminated pages.

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    Maria Sainz 7/26/2019 12:56 PM

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    Maria Sainz 7/23/2019 10:05 AM
    wow Whole Foods, Shower with a friend..... I like my alone showers 

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    Maria Sainz 7/22/2019 10:29 AM
    Going green isn't just about the amount of plastic we use!

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    Maria Sainz 7/21/2019 8:05 PM
    Love getting ideas from pinterest, turn old tshirts into produce bags!