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  • Mary Ellsworth's avatar
    Mary Ellsworth 7/31/2019 5:55 PM
    Another incredible Plastic Free EcoChallenge in the books. Great Job ZooTampa Team! 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Back in the Bowl
    Why is it so difficult to understand the impacts our purchases and waste have on other people, animals, and places? How might your experience with this challenge impact your future consumption and choices?

    Mary Ellsworth's avatar
    Mary Ellsworth 7/31/2019 5:46 PM
    People are very "out of sight out of mind" that is why participating in this challenge is so beneficial. It brings our consumption habits to the forefront of our minds. After several weeks of participating I am hyper aware of little things, like which restaurants use ceramic or metal sauce containers and which have single-use plastic containers.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Brusha Brusha Brusha
    What are the benefits of switching to bamboo toothbrushes? How would you implore others in your community to make this switch as well?

    Jenny Bell's avatar
    Jenny Bell 7/31/2019 5:00 PM
    I think that bamboo toothbrushes are great. I do not currently compost, so I am worried about how to properly dispose of it once I need a replacement brush. But it definitely uses less plastic and is an easy switch!

  • Jenny Bell's avatar
    Jenny Bell 7/31/2019 4:58 PM
    Packing for a trip with my reusable, travel-size  Plaine bottles for shampoo and body wash, reusable straws, and snacks in reusable baggies. 
  • 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?

    Rachel Granruth's avatar
    Rachel Granruth 7/31/2019 4:20 PM
    It was very easy for me to bring all of the reusable items. The hard part was convincing my family that we needed to use the items instead of paper plates, plastic bags, and plastic cups. I convinced them that I would do any dishes we created and I would bring all bags/cups/containers with us places for everyone to use. It was hard because my family didn’t really understand why I cared so much and they actually felt like I was telling them they are bad people for not trying as hard as I do. I want them to change their ways, but they don’t listen too much because it hurts their pride. It’s has definitely been difficult, but I just try to do what I can and hope they let me.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Takeout Pro
    How could you mitigate issues that may arise if the restaurant does not want to let you use your own containers at first?

    Rachel Granruth's avatar
    Rachel Granruth 7/31/2019 4:10 PM
    I would explain to them I just don’t want to use the single-use plastic or styrofoam containers when I have my own reusable ones. I could tell them that it would cost them less money in the long run. If they have a problem because of sanitation, I’d ask them to just put everything on one of their plates and I’d transfer it myself. If they even refuse after all of that I honestly would tell them that I’ll just have to take my business elsewhere.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Plant a Garden
    Besides having access to fresh herbs and vegetables, what benefits will you see from growing your own garden?

    Rachel Granruth's avatar
    Rachel Granruth 7/31/2019 4:04 PM
    Growing my own herbs allows me to avoid buying pre-packaged herbs from the grocery store. Over time it will save a lot of plastic and energy from packaging and transportation. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care That Was a Close Shave
    What have you noticed about the economic and social impact of switching to steel razors? Was there ever really a need for disposable razors, or do you think it was just a way to sell more things?

    Carly Flannery's avatar
    Carly Flannery 7/31/2019 3:39 PM
    I’ve been meaning to buy one all month, but they have been out of stock. I ended up buying another type from the Plastic Free Shop. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m excited to! I hear they are a much closer shave. What I really like about it is that you can mail all the dull razor heads back to the company so that they can recycle them!
  • Reflection Question
    Family Swap the Snacks
    How does swapping out prepackaged snacks for fresh fruit or veggies benefit your family?

    Rachel Granruth's avatar
    Rachel Granruth 7/31/2019 3:29 PM
    I loved doing this challenge this month. I don’t eat fruit very often, but in order to do this challenge I ate fruit lots of days this month and I really enjoyed having the cool snack on hot days at work. I will continue bringing fruit to work as snack from now on!
  • Reflection Question
    Community Keep My Community Clean
    How does the act of picking up litter connect you more to your community?

    Rachel Granruth's avatar
    Rachel Granruth 7/31/2019 3:27 PM
    Picking up trash is something I’ve always tried to do, but it’s not always the easiest to want to do if I don’t have a trash can nearby or a way to wash my hands. However doing it this month has shown me that it’s such a simple thing to do that can have a big impact.