Plastic Awareness campaign - #MakeBangorGreenAgain

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.

How to get involved

Throughout the year, there will be many ways in which you can get involved with our campaign, from taking part in community litter picks, to investing in a reusable American mug.

We will also be operating a number of beach cleans throughout the year. The first one of these is on 29 September - we will be meeting at Ffriddoedd Village at 1pm.

Please also feel free to send us a short ‘top tip’ video, to enlighten your fellow students of simple ways in which they can reduce their plastic consumption.

We will post up to date information on our website and social media channels, and you are always welcome to call into your Students’ Union to discuss this campaign!

For further information, please contact your Vice President for Education, Mark Barrow, at mark.barrow@undebbangor.com, or add his Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/undeb.ed.7

References

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43051153