Take the Plastic Free July challenge with other students

Plastic bottle beside Canoe Lake Portsmouth

Everyone can take small actions to reduce their plastic use

  • 01 July 2021
  • 2 min read

This month staff, students and the wider community are taking the Plastic Free July challenge - aiming to minimise their use of single use plastics.

Plastic Free July is an annual global event where millions of people reduce their plastic waste. Whether it’s discovering plastic-free toiletries, food storage or even party decorations, there’s lots of ideas and inspiration for how we can all do our part.

Students who are taking part are sharing their stories on the Revolution Plastics Twitter account — follow their video diaries, and discover tips and advice for going plastic free.

Steph Northen, MRes Marine Biology student, is taking on the #PlasticFreeJuly challenge for the first time this year. 

Steph said: “I have always been passionate about taking care of our environment. Until now I’d not tried Plastic Free July, but there are a few single use plastics that I’ve tried to remove from my daily life by using sustainable or reusable alternatives. I’m looking forward to seeing what single use plastics I can refuse in Portsmouth’s shops and supermarkets.”

Stephanie Northen MRes Marine Biology student

I have always been passionate about taking care of our environment. Until now I’d not tried Plastic Free July, but there are a few single use plastics that I’ve tried to remove from my daily life by using sustainable or reusable alternatives. I’m looking forward to seeing what single use plastics I can refuse in Portsmouth’s shops and supermarkets.

Stephanie Northen, MRes Marine Biology student

The University is supporting the campaign as part of its Revolution Plastics initiative, which is dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s plastic problem. Revolution Plastics is assembling teams of scientists, businesses, campaigners and citizens who share the ambition to transform the way plastic is made, used and disposed.

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