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Members address issue of single-use plastic in #ReducePlasticTips campaign

by Silvia Paracchini, Jess Enright, Heidi Burdett, and Emilie Combet

In December, the Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) turned their eyes to plastics, in line with their “Sustainable” theme.

In a snap Twitter campaign, members explored what each of us could do, focusing on a tricky month.

Christmas is one of the most exciting times of the year, but it is also the worse one for generating plastic waste; just consider the quantity of plastic presents in plastic packaging, in plastic wraps, carried in plastic bags. Throughout December, YAS members shared their tips and ideas, under the #ReducePlasticTips hashtag on Twitter.

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“We have all become aware of this problem and people have started changing their behaviours in their everyday actions. But are we doing as much as we can? We use so much plastic that we do not even realise it. By sharing our own ways to tackling plastic consumption, we can all learn from each other, adjust what we do on a daily basis and maybe inspire others.”  said Silvia Paracchini, who led the initiative.

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