Removal of Plastic Bags from Sykes Food Court

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We want to reduce, and ultimately end, the use of plastic bags in the Sykes Food Court at West Chester University.  Worldwide, 1 million plastic bags are used every minute, and annually the US throws away 100 Billion of these bags. This plastic comes from petroleum, a fossil fuel that faces an eventual end.  8-10% of our oil supply goes to making plastic, specifically 12 million barrels of oil go toward the creation of plastic bags ( By ridding the campus food court of plastic bags, we are taking a step that will not only help to reduce the use of the fossil fuel petroleum, but also reduce the environmental damage plastic bags cause due to their inability to degrade.  Specifically reducing wildlife harm, sewage system clogging, and the aesthetic deterioration (

Our solution is to simply stop supplying plastic bags as an option in the food court, considering all foods come contained.

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