Plastic Planet - Its Impacts and Alternatives

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Jane Harrison Room, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Sidgwick Avenue

Cambridge

CB3 9DF

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with Dr Claire Barlow

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Constantly hitting the headlines are stories about the devastating effects of plastic waste on the environment. Plastic packaging is a particular target: there’s a lot of it, its useful life is brief (a plastic bag is typically used for 14 minutes before being thrown away), and plastics don’t degrade in the natural environment so improper disposal practices are problematic.

We all want to ‘do the right thing’, but what is the solution? Plastic packaging is now banned in some parts of the world - is this the right response? If we look at the whole system of food packaging in particular, we find that the problem is very complex and there are other sides to the story. Packaging can save huge amounts of resources if used and disposed of wisely, and the carbon footprint of alternatives can be much higher than plastics.

In this talk, Newnham fellow Dr Claire Barlow will examine the wider environmental consequences of using plastics for packaging, and explore some of the alternatives.

This event will be held in the Jane Harrison room - follow signs from the Porters Lodge.

Accessibility Info:

  • Level Access– Ground floor room with wide entrance doors.
  • Hearing– An Induction Loop System is in use, switch to the T position. Portable hearing loops are also available from the conference office.
  • Visual– Has various lighting settings which can include low lighting. Signage is reflective but placed upon contrasting material.
  • General– There is a quiet corridor space outside which can be utilised in the event of sensory issues, and seats are available at all times inside the room. Food and drink are allowed.

Any questions or concerns just message our page or email us NewnhamEnvironmentalJustice@gmail.com

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Jane Harrison Room, Newnham College, University of Cambridge

Sidgwick Avenue

Cambridge

CB3 9DF

United Kingdom

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