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Make a change this World Oceans Day: #MyPlasticPledge

The University of Hull is today launching a ‘plastics pledge’ encouraging people to sign up to make small changes which collectively will make a huge difference in helping to protect our oceans.

In honour of World Oceans Day, a time when people across the globe come together to promote a better future for our oceans, the University is seizing the opportunity to ask others to join our efforts in reducing the amount of plastic waste by supporting #MyPlasticPledge.

For all of us, plastic is an essential part of our daily lives and has been for many years. Today, an estimated 10 million tonnes of plastic waste enters our oceans each year. Plastic is polluting all corners of our greatest resource, with potentially devastating consequences for marine life and the ocean ecosystem.

At the University of Hull, we’re helping to tackle this problem by encouraging our staff, students, graduates and business and research partners, along with members of the public, to make a difference by pledging to make achievable changes to suit their lifestyle. Those signing up can choose from a number of options, whether it’s saying no to plastic straws or investing in a reusable coffee cup, and can share their pledge in order to get others on board.

And for those who have wondered how plastic waste makes its way into our oceans, the #MyPlasticPledge site offers useful resources and guidance, from what items can and can’t be recycled to some tips on how to  help stop pollution this summer.

Earlier this year, the University of Hull launched an institution-wide initiative focused on reviewing plastic consumption and waste, forming a dedicated group charged with looking at ways to reduce and eliminate plastic on campus.

As part of this, the University no longer sells plastic bottles in its Arts Café, located in Middleton Hall. A free water dispenser has been introduced to the Arts café for people to refill their reuseable water bottles. If this is a success, the University will aim to cut out bottled drinks in its outlets across campus.

Earlier this year it also removed plastic straws from catering outlets.

"As a University we have made a strong commitment to making a difference. We have a responsibility to take a lead and make sure we are doing everything we can to minimise plastic waste." Dr Magnus Johnson, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Marine Science, University of Hull

Magnus Johnson, co-chair of the plastics group, said: “The importance of reducing plastic waste in the environment has never been higher on the agenda and our researchers are already making important contributions in this field.

“As a University we have made a strong commitment to making a difference. We have a responsibility to take a lead and make sure we are doing everything we can to minimise plastic waste. #MyPlasticPledge has been designed to help people make achievable but crucial differences in their daily lives and we invite everyone to join us and take those steps to make a change.”

To join with the University and make your plastic pledge, click here.

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