Reducing single-use plastic consumption

Raising awareness, conducting science, encouraging alternatives

Eckerd College was awarded a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program to reduce single-use plastic consumption on campus.

The project, which is funded through August 2020, aims to raise awareness among students, faculty and staff about the negative environmental impacts of plastic waste, particularly in the ocean habitat that borders our campus, and encourage use of alternatives to single-use plastic items.

We encourage faculty, staff and students to pledge to reduce their single-use plastic consumption!

Reduce Single-Use Project Website

Taking Action

Reducing single-use plastics at Eckerd College

Professor Hastings in lab with students

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION

Courses are now offered at Eckerd that analyze the impacts of marine debris as well as its direct and indirect effects on us and the world’s oceans.

Pile of trash containing plastics

CAMPUS CLEAN-UPS

Our project hosts campus cleanups throughout the year to clean the campus, the coastline, and the water at Eckerd.

Reusable water bottle with metal straw

CROSS-CAMPUS CHANGE

We offer reusable water bottles and umbrellas on Admission tours. Our Fill It Forward initiative rewards students for using their own beverage containers for refills at our pub and café. We now offer boxed water at major events.

Student swinging while holding reusable beverage container

CHALLENGES

Students and faculty are being encouraged to reduce their plastic consumption through campus-wide plastic-reduction challenges.

Water bottle filling station with reusable water bottle

QUANTIFICATION

We’re quantifying plastic consumption data across campus to determine the need for reusables. For example, we are able to show that water bottle filling stations (85 installed so far!) are indeed reducing consumption.

Reusable bottle, container, plate and bamboo utensils

REUSABLE GIVE-AWAYS

Bamboo plates, utensils, and other reusable alternatives are being provided by the Reduce Single-Use project in fun giveaways to keep the Eckerd community engaged and involved.

See for yourself

Logo showing single-use plastics