Each year 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced and 40% of it is single-use, meaning it is only used once before being thrown away. This means that eight million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans each year!
At Undeb Bangor, we believe that we have to take practical steps to reduce our plastic waste. Our plastic awareness campaign is ongoing throughout the year, to raise awareness of ways in which all of us can reduce our plastic consumption.
We all saw the scale of the problem in David Attenborough’s TV series, ‘Blue Planet II’, and it is crucial that we respond to the plastic crisis.
We are creating ‘top tip’ videos of simple but effective ways to counter this problem. If you think you have a ‘top tip’, please get in touch and we can add it to our list!
We are also working closely with the University’s Catering team, to promote their reusable Americano coffee mugs. In the UK, we get through 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups each year, but by getting one of our reusable mugs, which you can do from any of the University’s food outlets, you will be actively making a difference. It also means you get a 10p reduction on any hot drink!
Each of the University’s food outlets is also a water refill point.
Our focus on plastic awareness is on the back of our continued success in the Green Impact Award, a sustainability accreditation scheme run by NUS.
Our clubs and societies getting involved!
Undeb Bangor’s Surf team has recently committed to becoming single-use plastic free, and encourages other Clubs and Societies to follow suit. Members of the Surf team are also taking part in ‘2 Minute Beach Cleans’. These will be occurring on a regular basis, before the team takes to the waves.
Edward Cardona, Captain of the Surf team, said: ‘’It is important for people to understand the consequences of their actions and lifestyle, as, in the long run, nobody is doing themselves any favours.”
‘’We believe that acting and being on the front foot of the plastic free movement will allow future generations to enjoy the ocean, without having to swim through plastic bags at the beach.’’
The Surf team encourages anyone, and any team, that has seen the detrimental effect of plastic pollution on their surroundings, to come forward and join them in making a difference.
Bangor University Sailing Club sailing venue at Plas Menai is very good at waste collection and they supply many bins and recycling stations both inside and out. It is important to keep busy sailing venues litter-free to prevent them flying away into the sea! The Plas Menai venue doesn’t have any rubbish to pick up so The Sailing Club and Elliot one of Plas Menai’s sailing venue’s employees ventured out to Rhosneigr on Anglesey to do a beach clean.
Available at all food outlets across the university!
How to get involved
Download our Greener Bangor guide here
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