Since August of 2018, The Reduce Single-Use Project has hosted many beach cleanups, and has plans to continue these cleanups throughout the year.
Each cleanup targets both Eckerd's coastline and inland areas. Litter around campus is easily transported to the Bay via storm drain discharge. By comparing results from both areas, we can begin to assess the magnitude of direct impact that the Eckerd College community has on the surrounding water.
These beach cleanups are a fun way to engage with the ocean environment, witness first-hand the amount of debris that accumulates around campus, and gain community service hours.
A detailed description of the items collected can be found on our Beach Cleanups Page.
Plastic Reduction Challenge
Our project is challenging the Eckerd community to reduce their single-use plastic consumption. Challenges vary in length from a week to a month, and are very effective! They are a fun way to engage our students and faculty in our plastic reduction initiatives.
Quantifying Plastic Use on Campus
Observations at Tritons Pub, the campus bookstore, the cafeteria, and the campus Starbucks are being conducted to collect data on campus plastic consumption. The types and amounts of plastic are being recorded in hopes of finding reusable alternatives that can be implemented in these spaces.
* Photo represents the amount of waste collected from one of the 2019 fall beach cleanups at Eckerd College.
Water Bottle Filling Stations
10 BRAND NEW water bottle filling stations have been purchased and are being installed around Eckerd's beautiful campus. A map of all campus filling stations will be published once the installations are done.
Utensils, bamboo plates, cups, toothbrushes, and other reusable alternatives are being given out by the Reduce Single-Use project through giveaways that involve and engage the Eckerd community.
Art Show - Used Once, Lasts Forever:
The competition was held on November 13, 2019 at the Eckerd College James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences (4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg FL, 33711). The Art Show was a one-evening exhibition of art created from recycled or found single-use plastic waste. This community-wide event aimed to increase awareness of the environmental impacts of abundant and unnecessary single-use plastic consumption while offering a creative way to repurpose discarded items. The show was part of the College Program Series, and submissions was judged by a panel of artists invited from the St. Petersburg community.
Art Contest Guidelines:
- All artwork must include recycled or found single-use plastic.
- All artwork must be plastic-centric, with the common theme of raising awareness to reduce single-use plastics.
- Suggested media (but not limited to): sculpture, fashion, video, narrative, photography, printmaking, performance
- No floor-to-ceiling pieces
- 12-foot x 12-foot x 12-foot maximum size
- The Art Show is open to the public, but only students enrolled at Eckerd College are eligible to win monetary prizes.
- Submissions are encouraged from: Eckerd College students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Tampa Bay community. Solo and group submission will be accepted.
- Performance and video submissions are limited to 10 minutes or less.
DIY Reusable Alternatives
Two DIY reusable alternative college series programs were held at Eckerd college and taught students about the impacts of plastic consumption, how to make their own reusable alternatives, and what items can be properly recycled. Click here for a full list of minimal waste recipes and DIY projects.