In 2018 the University of Leeds and Leeds University Union made a collaborative pledge to remove single-use plastic across all of its operations by 2023, #2023PlasticFree.
This pledge was one of the first and boldest pledges of any Higher Education organisation, showing our leadership in finding and implementing solutions to address global problems. The hugely ambitious target covers all areas of the University and will involve collaboration, research and operational changes to be successful.
Find out more about how you can help us to achieve this goal.
It’s been two years since the pledge was made and our commitment to fulfilling this bold ambition remains as strong as ever. The Covid-19 pandemic might have made it necessary to increase the use of some single-use plastic items to keep our staff and students safe, but a huge amount of progress has still been made towards reaching our goal.
Read about the amazing achievements our community has made, both on campus and further afield, in our most recent update.
To achieve this ambitious target it will require collaboration from all areas of the University, our strategy falls in to 3 key areas of activity:
These three core elements are all underpinned by communication, engagement and governance.
Need some inspiration to get involved? Take a read of the amazing work that is already taking place and start planning how you can make a positive change as well.
In May 2022 the Big Plastic Count came to the University of Leeds, and we asked students and staff to...
We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our plastic pledge is linked to the following SDGs:
Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.