Eliminating Single Use Plastics within Member Institutions

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GOAL: Help member institutions and allies translate over-arching goal of eliminating single use plastics into concrete, implementable, affordable steps.

BACKGROUND: Our member institutions engage in ritual, community, holiday, and lifecycle events that often use single use plastic cups, plates, and cutlery. These plastic items have a lasting negative impact on the planet and contradict our pledge to protect creation.

PROBLEM: There is no shortage of plastic alternatives, however, not all options are environmentally-friendly. Most organizations lack the expertise to identify the most ecologically sound alternatives. Moreover, there may be financial barriers to switching away from low-cost plastic items.

STATUS: Our Eco-Justice Committee is currently discerning how we move forward with this initiative and what are realistic solutions in the pandemic conditions in which we are all living. Check back for more news.