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Skip the Straw


UNIfy: Skip the Straw (八大走飲管)

(12 March 2018)

HKSCC members are working together to tackle disposable plastic waste through the "UNIfy: Skip the Straw" (八大走飲管) campaign that launched on 12 March 2018.

This campaign aims to reduce disposable plastic waste and raise awareness across the higher education sector and beyond in Hong Kong. Disposable plastics are often used momentarily and may take up to 1,000 years to degrade. They can also leach chemicals into our environment and end up as harmful litter in our oceans. 

To make an impact on this issue, the campaign is harnessing the individual work of each university to make a large impact. Every university was previously working on disposable waste independently, but this unprecedented effort is the first time all eight publicly funded universities are working together on a joint environmental campaign.

 

No Straw Week

To celebrate the launch of the campaign all eight universities are holding a No Straw Week or a No Straw Day during the week of March 12-16. Throughout this week, catering outlets will only  give out straws when requested.


Ongoing Efforts
Every university has made a commitment to a long-term effort to reduce disposable plastic straws on their campus. This commitment will continue on beyond the week of March 12-16 and is the lasting impact of this joint campaign.

University

Long-term Commitment

City University of Hong Kong

CityU currently has a No Straw Day every week and will decide after collecting feedback from this campaign whether to expand it.

Hong Kong Baptist University

To sustain the campaign of No Straw University by restricting access to free plastic straws every day.

Lingnan University

LU has proposed to the University having "No Straw Day" on every first Wednesday of each month starting April 2018 (subject to the approval of the Catering Committee of Lingnan) in order to reduce the use of straws and also to promote green campus. 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

CUHK is supporting Ocean Park Conservation Foundation's 'No Straw' Movement that requires supporting caterers to not give out straws one day per month. In the long run, they will continue to promote the green message and engage student groups to support the initiative.

The Education University of Hong Kong

Starting from 12 March 2018, all catering outlets on EdUHK campus will not offer plastic straws to customers, unless requested, on an everyday basis.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU will continue with its educational and publicity activities highlighting the ‘No Straw’ principle, and extend to further discourage the use of disposable items and single-use plastics on campus and promote a waste-less lifestyle through a kaleidoscope of events.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

During the No Straw Week activity, HKUST will collect feedback from users and operators to design the long term campaign on plastic straw disposables reduction. 

The University of Hong Kong

Starting from 3 September 2018, HKU will ban single use plastic straws (except in medical or emergency circumstances). Leading up to this ban we will hold No Straw Mondays every week, during which caterers will distribute single use plastic straws only upon request.



Campaign Events
As part of the campaign, outreach events will be held across the universities.

Date

Event

University

March 12 - 13

Ditch Disposable Market

HKU

March 14

Giveaway of free cold drinks with no straw; Promotion of ‘no plastic disposables’ and ‘BYO’ by student groups

CUHK

March 14 - 15

Green Products Fair

HKUST

March 15

Film screening of Plastic China and post-screening discussion with Mr. Allan Wong (Vice President of Hong Kong Scrap Plastic Association)

LU

March 16

No Disposables Farmers’ Market

HKBU

March 22

Film Screening of A Plastic Ocean and post-screening discussion with director

LU

March 22

Bottled Water-free Campus Campaign celebration event

HKUST

April 11

Film Screening of Plastic China and post-screening discussion with the film’s director Jiuliang Wang

HKU

April 21

Film Screening of A Plastic Ocean and post-screening discussion with the film’s producer Jo Ruxton

CUHK