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Title: Towards microplastic reduction within institutions
Authors: Willis, Bruce
Fytianos, Georgios
Subjects LC: Microplastics - Environmental aspects
American Farm School
Keywords: Microplastics
Microplastic mitigation policy
Public perception
American Farm School
Issue Date: 5-Aug-2022
Publisher: Springer Nature
Abstract: Globally, universities, institutions, and companies are aiming to reduce the use of single-use plastics as plastic litter, and plastic degradation generates secondary microplastics, all of which cause negative impacts on the environment. In this study the authors conducted a questionnaire-based survey to assess the willingness and motivation of stakeholders within academic settings to change daily habits to minimize plastic and microplastic pollution. The questionnaire, which was answered by 276 individuals with affiliation to the American Farm School or collaborating academic institutions, but primarily the American Farm School, was used to draw conclusions. Results showed that most stakeholders are ready to adapt to eliminate the use of single-use plastic within their institution and showed a high level of willingness to participate in cleaning campaigns. It is crucial to combine any new measures or policies with the proper education around why these measures are being enforced, so as to raise awareness and receptivity to those that are not familiar with microplastics and microplastic pollution.
Length: 13 pages
Type: Journal Article
Relation (Part Of): Water, Air, & Soil Pollution journal
Publication Status: Published
Citation: Willis, B & Fytianos, G 2022, 'Towards microplastic reduction within institutions', Water, Air & Soil Pollution, vol. 233.
Restrictions: Open Access
Attribution 4.0 International
Language: en_US
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