UIC Waste-less Challenge

Date / Time

July 1, 2019 - July 31, 2019

All Day

How much plastic can you live without? Join the UIC Waste-Less Challenge and reduce your plastic waste for the month of July. Post a picture of yourself using your alternative to single-use plastic and #wastelessUIC for a chance to WIN Prizes!

Weekly Themes

“Rethink Your Drink”


  • Single-use plastic water bottles
  • Single-use hot and cold to-go cups, including Styrofoam
  • Plastic straws

Replace with:

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Travel coffee mug or beverage tumbler
  • Reusable straws or no straw


“Secure the Bag”


  • Plastic grocery / convenience store / takeout bags
  • Plastic and styrofoam takeout containers
  • Ziplock bags

Replace with:

  • Reusable grocery bags 
  • Reusable containers
  • Ask if restaurants can pack leftovers in a reusable container that you have 
  • Lunch bags


“Refuse Packaged Produce”


  • Single-use produce bags
  • Plastic wrapped or boxed produce
  • Condiment packs

Replace with:

  • Biodegradable bags
  • Reusable bags
  • Nothing! (Many fruits and vegetables come with a built-in a layer of protection)


“Bring it Home”


  • Plastic utensils
  • Disposable and individually packaged hygiene items
  • Cleaning supplies in plastic bottles


Replace With:

  • Reusable silverware, or silverware from home preferably
  • Built-to-last products
  • Reusable bottles with refillable or homemade cleaning supplies

This July, make the decision to stop, reduce, and substitute your plastic usage.

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