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  • Jan White's avatar
    Jan White 8/05/2019 3:52 AM
    That all should pick trash, for it never stop showing on the streets and sidewalks. May the litters will follow our example.

  • Sandi Phillips's avatar
    Sandi Phillips 8/02/2019 7:34 AM
    Big thanks to our Akron Zoo team for taking on the Plastic Free July Challenge! Keep it up all year round, and we'll see you here next Plastic Free July!

  • Allison Shell's avatar
    Allison Shell 7/31/2019 8:19 PM
    While scrolling though my Instagram feed I’m seeing lots of zero waste and plastic free ads! I think this is great and I hope that these companies will be successful and that some of the more expensive items will become more affordable over time, although as I’ve mentioned in other posts, sometimes I have to recognize these purchases as worthy investments :)

  • Allison Shell's avatar
    Allison Shell 7/31/2019 7:45 PM
    Thinking about my next steps— looking for recommendations for toothpaste in reusable or recyclable containers and sustainable cat litter....
  • Reflection Question
    Pets Invest in a Pooper-Scooper
    How are caring for your pet and caring for the environment connected for you?

    Kate Dillman's avatar
    Kate Dillman 7/31/2019 6:43 PM
    I think everything is interconnected. I want my pets to have the greatest lives they can and they can only do that if the environment is also being cared for. My dog loves being outside, but I don't want him in pollution and trash. And I don't want him polluting the environment so I properly clean up his waste. My snake has all natural substrate that I compost, but I am looking for a way to get her substrate that isn't in a plastic bag. 
  • Reflection Question
    Family Discover Together
    What concerns you the most about how we are affecting the planet? Consider both local and global actions.

    Allison Shell's avatar
    Allison Shell 7/31/2019 6:31 PM
    I have enjoyed sharing with my friends and family about my journey this month. I had a good discussion with my fiancé after watching Minumaism together. Bringing out my plastic container (although I’ll admit sometimes I can feel a little embarrassed about it— something I’m working on!) can be a good conversation starter when I’m out to dinner and I hope t can help others to start adopting some of these little tricks. On the personal level, I think by being more mindful, getting less take out, buying feeer items wrapped in plastic can really make a difference. But really, big change needs to happen on a corporate and manufacturing level. We need to stop wrapping things in so much plastic. On a personal level we can work to make change but often there aren’t other options or there aren’t easy enough alternatives   for people who aren’t as amenable to change. 

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    Allison Shell 7/31/2019 5:48 PM
    We went out for my mom’s retirement party tonight and it was great that it was at a restaurant where we had access to their plates and silverware and didn’t have to resort to single use items. While I brought my usual “to-go” box we had more food than could fit in it so I was really happy to see that they had paper to go boxes there instead of plastic of styrofoam. 

  • Whilma Sackett's avatar
    Whilma Sackett 7/31/2019 1:10 PM
    This has been a fast plastic free month.  I found it pretty easy to change some bad habits.  Mostly I don't ever use a plastic water bottle and take my own reusable bags to the grocery store.  Hope to keep this going in the future. 

  • Cory Blackledge's avatar
    Cory Blackledge 7/31/2019 12:55 PM
    Great job, Akron Zoo!  Hope everyone learned some great new ways to make a difference!

  • Erica Rymer's avatar
    Erica Rymer 7/31/2019 12:42 PM
    I thought I was doing well at minimizing my plastic footprint, but this challenge showed me I still have a ways to go.... The challenge may be over but I'm up for another month!