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    Megan Woolhouse

    Megan Woolhouse worked as a reporter at the Boston Globe for more than a decade, in addition to newspapers in Louisville, Ky., and Baton Rouge, La. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Clark University in Worcester, she lives in Boston and enjoys baking, reading, and taekwondo sparring with her seven-year-old daughter. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Share Your Zero Waste Ideas with BU

  1. Hi,
    My comment/question is for Denise Hagen. I’m a new student a BU and new to the Boston area. I’ve been making a sincere effort to reduce my waste and cut back on plastic. I am however, a huge fan of carbs. I’m having a really hard time finding plastic free packaging when it comes to pasta. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thanks!
    Julia

  2. I tried the no plastic challenge for a week and could not even make it through a day. I brought my own produce-sized and shopping bags to the grocery store, but the grapes I wanted were already packaged in plastic as were the tomatoes. At the register, the cashier started to place my two un-bagged apples in a plastic bag. When I gently objected, she put the unused plastic bag in the trash. My crackers came in a plastic sleeve, inside a cardboard box wrapped in plastic. On my way home I stopped at a coffee shop with my reusable cup. The server made my drink in a paper cup before pouring it in the reusable cup. Until manufacturers and stores get on board with reducing packaging consumers are only making a marginal dent in the waste and climate change issues.

    Could BU conceivably require all suppliers to the campus stores, offices and dining halls to use minimal, reusable or recyclable packaging only? This would make BU the leader.

    1. We hear you! It can be a challenge to go Zero Waste when retailers are not accustomed to this way of thinking and operating. You might want to contact the retailers where you do business to encourage them to adopt practices that support Zero Waste. There are some great examples around the world of retailers such as grocery stores adopting Zero Waste practices such as taking measures to reduce packaging waste.

      Packaging is an important issue the Task Force is considering. Availability, quality, and affordability are all considerations. Another opportunity for the Zero Waste Plan will be to consider how the University’s purchasing decisions shape the market. Thanks for bringing this up.

      We encourage you to share your perspective via the online input form if you have not already done so. It can be found here: http://bit.ly/buzerowaste2030.

      For questions, you are also welcome to contact sustainability@BU.edu.

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