EUGENE, Ore. – Over 600 students from the University of Oregon have signed a petition pledging to cut back on materials that they say affects ecosystems.
The non-profit Oregon Students Public Interest Research Group has created a campaign to encourage Oregonians to remove single-use plastics, foam cups and take-out containers from everyday use.
Convincing restaurants to switch is a big challenge, but the organization says that so far the feedback has been positive.
“We’ve had a lot of restaurants say that they don’t care about transferring to compostable options, rather than using polystyrene, and that the effect on the environment are important enough for them to take any economic deficit that will last,” said Ivy Renner, an intern with OSPIRG.
The students say they plan to present their signed petition to state lawmakers like Sen. Floyd Prozanski in hopes to create a cleaner world.