Changing the Culture of Plastic

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Reusable water bottles designed by students are the latest step in an effort to reduce plastic consumption on campus.

Last spring, the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainibility launched Plastic Surgery: Changing the Face of the Planet One Bottle at a Time.  The committee held multiple events on campus to highlight the impact plastic has on our lives.  The centerpiece of the campaign was a water-bottle design contest.  Students were encouraged to submit art that could be used on reusable water bottles that would be given out to students.  The bottles were recently handed out to students who pledged to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics.  

The Plastic Surgery campaign also featured a friendly competition between UW Tacoma Chancellor Mark A. Pagano and Dr. Ellen Moore to see who could use less plastic.  UW Tacoma student Yaro Seleznev chronicled the competition in his documentary Life Without Plastics.  More information about the campaign and the documentary can be found in the videos below.


Written by: 
Eric Wilson-Edge / December 20, 2016
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or