Miami University Sustainability invites you to join the Plastic Free July challenge
Small steps make a big difference: Plastic Free July challenge is not about doing everything, you can just choose one item and give it a try in July
Miami sustainability is taking the challenge
The Miami University Sustainability Committee and the office of sustainability encourage the Miami community to take the Plastic Free July Challenge.
“Plastic Free July is an invitation to start taking action with one small step,” Olivia Herron, director of the office of sustainability, said. “Your small steps in July, such as choosing reusable produce bags, could turn into a lifelong habit."
Taking steps to use reusable containers, instead of single-use ones, for instance, can make it more likely that others will do so as well. Research has demonstrated a strong impact on social norms, according to the Plastic Free Foundation.
Susan Meikle, Sustainability Committee co-chair, suggests, “Sign up and get tips and ideas to reduce plastic waste at home, work, and school. Encourage your coworkers to join the challenge, and try going single-use plastic free in your office this month.”
Anna Abey, master of Environmental Science student and graduate intern in the office of sustainability, said, “Avoiding the use of single-use plastics is one of the simplest ways in which one can reduce waste that ends up in landfills and water bodies. Normalizing the use of reusable bags, cups, or cutlery lowers plastic utilization at the consumer level. A Plastic Free July Challenge is a great first step toward building sustainable habits as a community.”
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