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Kingston may be next in line to become a plastic water bottle-free university

By Sarah Sinclair Mar 16, 2017
Kingston is to follow in the footsteps of Leeds and Sheffield University Photo: REX

Kingston’s student union is going to campaign to follow other universities such as Leeds and Sheffield in reducing and with the aim of finally banning the sale of plastic water bottles.

This comes after a successful motion was passed at the second Big Student Meeting last week titled “ban all plastic water bottles from all Kingston University campuses.”

In light of the motion passing, the student union will work to improve existing water fountains to help ease the transition of becoming a plastic water bottle-free university.

The union will also organise a student design competition for new water fountains and reusable KU water bottles.

Maria Isabella Grech, the motion proposer and curating contemporary design student, said: “Plastic bottles themselves will not be banned from campus but water in plastic bottles will eventually not be sold on all campuses.”

The motion proposer argued that the number of water fountains across the university is not enough, they are in bad locations and that they are not efficient for filling water bottles.

They also said that it is our responsibility to engage with environmental concerns as individuals and as a university.

She also highlighted a campaign to make London the first plastic water bottle-free capital by 2021 called #oneless organised by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

By Sarah Sinclair

Sarah is currently studying her bachelors of Journalism with Politics at Kingston University, where she is also the journalism Society's president. She is Deputy Marketing Manager at the pub she pulls pints in, while also working a few other social media projects. She also completed an internship at The Debrief, Bauer Media and PinkNews. Her interest in political journalism spiked while she studied her A-level on government and politics and she also been involved with student politics via the NUS women's campaign.

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