Week 8 Actions

Save Water

Clean water is a crucial resource for humans and wildlife alike.  Do your part in helping conserve this precious natural resource by installing low flow shower heads.  Not only do low flow shower heads make conserving water automatic, it also saves you money.  For more details, visit the Department of Energy’s website.  Share your efforts installing a low flow shower head or provide a review of your choice using #SunsetZoo5050.

Change a "Throw Away" Habit

Plastic pollution is a major environmental challenge.  Therefore, this week’s challenge is to forgo the single use, plastic straws.  If you prefer to drink from a straw, there are lots more sustainable options, like metal or glass straws.  Make this a first step in your overall reduction of single use plastic, and share your efforts using #SunsetZoo5050.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Do you enjoy visiting the local coffee shop for your morning pick me up?  What about the park playground with the kids?  Try picking one of these or another favorite spots and walk or bike to it instead of hopping in the car.  By taking simple actions like this, you can reduce your carbon footprint all year long.  You can also gain some health benefits by adding steps to your day, taking in the fresh air, and putting your mind at ease with nature.  Share your walk with us using #SunsetZoo5050.

Support Wildlife

Harsh chemicals we use everyday to clean our homes can be extremely hazardous to the environment.  Not only can these chemicals harm us if not used properly, they can also be harmful to pets, plants, and wildlife.  For this week’s challenge, we ask you to make the switch to more natural cleaners using basic household items, like vinegar, water, and lemon juice.  For recipes on how to make your own natural cleaners, visit the Good Housekeeping website.  When switching to these recipes, please read the safety tip at the top of their webpage and always read labels.  Cleaning does not take the place of disinfecting.  You should still disinfect surfaces after you clean them to stop the spread of germs.  Finally, don’t forget to share a picture of you using your DIY cleaner using #SunsetZoo5050.

Our Purchasing Power

Seafood is enjoyed by many, but did you know how and where the seafood is caught can have varying levels of environmental impact?  Purchasing sustainably harvested seafood not only provides you the food you love but a the peace of mind that your actions are not negatively impacting the environment and wildlife.  Sunset Zoo is a conservation partner of Seafood Watch, a program to help you make your seafood purchasing decisions developed and maintained by Monterey Bay Aquarium.  They have an app available for Android and iOS devices that can help you make your sustainable choices when grocery shopping or visiting a restaurant.  We also recommend you inventory any seafood you currently have to ensure it’s sustainable.  If you have non-sustainable seafood now, make plans to purchase a sustainable alternative.  Don’t forget to share your journey using #SunsetZoo5050.