With plastic pollution on the rise, the environment has seen a huge negative impact. While biodegradable alternatives have been around, are they really the most efficient alternative? Biodegradables often don’t degrade well and still cause a negative environmental impact. Looking specifically at straws, there are a few disposable alternatives to plastic, but which are the most environmentally friendly that still degrade well? This project looks to find the most efficient alternative to plastic while still serving as environmentally friendly. This project tested paper, wheat, soy-based wax paper, and cellulose-based plastics in various methods testing degradability to determine this. Chapman University has made many efforts to become more sustainable, however, we would like to create a more sustainable university by finding healthy alternatives to plastics used every day on campus.
The new semester is underway and it sure looks different from this time last year. However, we’ve had the pleasure of (virtually) meeting the students in our first-year foundations grand challenges courses these past few weeks and there is one thing that does not seem to have changed: the students’ motivation for learning about science
Earlier this month, the first-year Grand Challenges Initiative (GCI) students attended virtual networking events with industry professionals to hear about life beyond college and ask career questions. The professionals who participated were from a variety of fields, including environmental conservation, healthcare, and data analysis. First-year students, student facilitators from the Schmid Student Leadership Council, and