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Garden bed with green sprouts covered by a dome of plastic sheeting.

A hoop house composed with plastic sheeting and tubes provides cover for a raised garden in Washington, DC. (Lance Cheung/USDA (Public Domain Mark 1.0))

University of Maryland
University of Maryland international Ph.D. student Krisztina Christmon launched her award-winning idea of repurposing farm plastic as part of a university innovation challenge in 2020. One year later, she serves as CEO of Repurpose Farm Plastic LLC.
The George Washington University
As the awareness of the perniciousness of plastic grows, companies and universities are implementing initiatives to go plastic free. GW was the first university in Washington, D.C., to do so.
A person in a white shirt, head not pictured, holds a yellow water bottle with several colorful, overlapping stickers.

Paige Valego, GW class of 2021. (Greer Blount/George Washington University)

Planet Forward Correspondent | George Washington University
So Long, Single-Use? | As George Washington University students returned to campus in the fall of 2021, they took ownership of the university's single-use plastics ban through the personalization of reusable water bottles.
A stream of water pours into a metal tea strainer on the lips of a torquoise teacup.

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George Washington University
So Long, Single-Use? | We all know breakfast is the “most important meal of the day”— do you really want to start it off with the guilt of single-use plastic? 
White plastic bag floating in a body of water.

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Planet Forward Correspondent | Ithaca College
So Long, Single-Use? | There’s plenty of confusion and debate around plastic bans on both the political and practical level. It’s easy to get lost in the logistics of it all –– but, at the heart of it, there’s one question: Are bag laws effective?
So Long, Single-Use?
Digital Editor, Planet Forward
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... Read More
Yellow straws sit on the display case in front of a menu at a coffee shop.

Reusable "Simply Straws" for sale at Kahwa Coffee Roasting in St. Petersburg, Florida (Carter Weinhofer/Eckerd College).

Planet Forward Sr. Correspondent | Eckerd College
In the first piece in our "So Long, Single-Use?" series, St. Petersburg, Florida Councilmember Gina Driscoll said leading the way on single-use plastic started with "one simple object."

One of the bottle refilling stations on campus. (Alexander Welling/The Hatchet)

Planet Forward FAO Fellow | George Washington University
A task force aiming to eliminate the use of single-use plastics on campus produced a report in October 2020 recommending plans like cutting plastic bottles from vending machines and installing more water bottle fillers in residence halls.
George Washington University
The secondary byproduct of the pandemic: More takeout orders means restaurants are producing more packaging waste, prompting the need for a sustainable solution for carryout food.

(Photo courtesy of Forbi Perise)

George Washington University
Plastic pollution is an issue prevalent all throughout Cameroon. One man saw the problem as a challenge to help. Now, he's recycling and upcycling plastic bottles — and inspiring a movement.

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