Loyola has a history of addressing our footprint related to waste and the materials we produce. We have faculty exploring the environmental and public health impacts of plastics and other toxins in the environment. We’ve taken steps to remove these items from the places our students live and our employees work. And now we’re working to phase out single-use plastics from our dining services. With our dining partner, Aramark, we’ve taken the following steps:
- Eliminated plastic trays from all dining venues
- Eliminated plastic to-go containers and cups from all dining halls
- Removed plastic straws from all dining venues*
- Removed plastic stirrers from all dining venues
- Provided reusable mug and tumbler program to incentivize reuse
- Eliminated plastic water bottles from Lakeside campuses
*Compostable straws are available upon request
Following a student-inventory of all dining venues, additional plastics have been identified. Loyola commits to a full review of these items and phasing out additional products where we can, asking our vendors/suppliers to provide plastic-free alternatives, and limiting the use of necessary plastic products if no alternative exists.
As of February 1st, 2019, Loyola has joined hundreds of other businesses and restaurants to ‘Shedd the Straw’ to protect our environment from plastic pollution.