The Library’s Sustainability Committee invites you to reduce your one-time use plastic consumption for the month of July! The global ‘disposable culture’ of using once and disposing of plastic is contributing to an environmental crisis. Virtually every piece of plastic ever manufactured still exists in some form today and plastic production has been projected to increase by 40% increase in the next decade. Plastic is ubiquitous in packaging and convenience products, and going plastic-free can be surprisingly challenging but there are alternatives! Swing by the Plastic Free July exhibits located in both the Geisel Library Building, Main Floor, East Wing, and the Biomedical Library Breezeway, to learn more and get ideas.
What can you do?
Reduce what you buy. Before you make a purchase, ask yourself if you truly need it, or if you can repurpose other items that you already have. Shopping for secondhand clothing and products helps contribute to less waste. Avoid products that are wrapped in plastic, and seek more sustainable alternatives.
Reuse plastic items as much as possible or take to a secondhand store where possible so they don’t end up in landfill.
Recycle correctly, and choose to buy recycled products to close the loop.
Plastic Free July started in 2011 in Australia, and it has quickly become a global movement. Sign up for the challenge. Together, small changes can make a big difference!
Kim Kane: (858) 822-2836 or firstname.lastname@example.org