To research for our proposed ban, we visited the stores themselves and documented just how many microbead products they had on their shelves. We then began to network as much as we could, reaching out to professors and students who would support our efforts. After several months of meeting with student representatives and members of ASUCLA and sharing our vision for a microbead-free campus, we were able to present in front of an ASUCLA service committee. Several months later, the ban was submitted for consideration to the finance committee, and finally the ASUCLA Board of Directors.
The Board voted on July 31st to pass the ban, and as soon as current supply runs out, will stock the shelves of their stores across campus with only microbead free products. This is a very exciting victory for us as students and for 5 Gyres, and it’s only just the beginning! We hope to see microbead bans passed on college campuses across the country and see students act in support of larger state and federal policy to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways.
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