Single-use plastic is everywhere.
It's sitting in our kitchen cabinets and it's sitting in our shower caddies. It's wrapped around our on-the-go lunches and it's wrapped around our online purchases. We dispose of so much of the stuff, that now it's swimming in our oceans and it's swimming in our bodies.
Living in a nation so dependent on plastic, it's hard to imagine that the ubiquitous material has existed for less than a century. Is it time for us to kick our collective plastic problem?
Prior to this semester, the George Washington University, home of Planet Forward, announced a campus-wide ban on single-use plastics. Some Planet Forward Consortium schools have similar policies of their own. Inspired by these institutional moves, Planet Forward Correspondents and contributors report on both collective and individual means to say so long to single-use.