Could you fit 5 days’ worth of single-use plastic into a jar? Pledge now!

A life without plastic – hard to imagine, right? Single-use plastics are ever-present, in our landfills, waterways and eventually, our oceans.

We throw out so much plastic every single day, and most of those bags, bottles, packets and more aren’t being recycled—they either end up in landfill, littering the environment, harming wildlife or blocking drains and increasing flood risk.

At the rate we’re currently throwing out single-use plastics such as bottles, bags and cups, by 2050, our oceans will have more plastic than fish, and around 99% of seabirds will have ingested some form of plastic.

It’s clear that our throwaway culture can have serious implications for the future of the planet.

What can you do to help?

From 14th – 18th May, join with fellow Green Office Reps and pledge to fit all single-use plastic waste that you generate at UQ into a small container or jar.

Register your interest to participate

This challenge aims to raise awareness of our personal plastic waste, leading to waste minimisation habits in our everyday lives.

Single-use plastics include ‘hard plastics’ such as disposable bottles, disposable food containers, coffee cups, straws, and ‘soft plastics’ such as plastic bags, cling wrap, chip packets, and zip lock bags. Special kudos goes to any offices who can make it the whole 5 days without using single-use plastics at all!

Make sure to send greenoffice@pf.uq.edu.au a photo of your container at the end of the week with any feedback about your experiences during the challenge. If you have social media, upload your photo with the hashtag #UQ5DaysofPlastic.

Lucky dip zero-waste prizes will be awarded to participating Green Offices that send in a photo of their jar or container.  Green Offices who participated in 2017 and reduce their plastic haul from last year, will receive a bonus Fair Trade gift pack of goodies to share in the office in addition to the lucky dip.

Tips:

  • When ordering tea or coffee at outlets on campus – remember to bring a durable mug or KeepCup. Some outlets even offer a discount if you BYO cup.
  • Bring lunch in a reusable container from home – it’s likely you’ll save some money too!
  • Keep a set of reusable cutlery in your bag at all times.
  • Use a reusable water bottle and re-fill it as many times as you’d like from one of the unmissable bright green water refill stations on campus.
  • Buy your fresh fruit and veggies package-free by bringing reusable produce bags to the supermarket or greengrocers. Fruit is a great healthy snack – it even has its own natural packaging!
  • Ask for your sushi in a paper bag, and buy a bottle of soy sauce and refuse the little plastic fish.
  • You can even trial this challenge at home. Buy in bulk, experiment and reduce the amount of waste you produce as a household.

If you would like to participate, please email greenoffice@pf.uq.edu.au.

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