Packaging Reduction

As a coastal university, we recognize the value and importance of protecting our most precious natural resources and to this end, UNCW Campus Dining and Aramark as a corporation have been embarking on a commitment to protect our oceans by significantly reducing single-use disposable plastics across all food service operations where possible. This includes straws, cutlery, bags, and various other packaging materials. Unfortunately there are some cases where a viable alternative to a single use plastic has been yet been identified, but please know that we are continuously making strides to solve these issues as materials technologies advance.

Single-Use Plastic Reduction

Skip the Straw

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Plastic straws and stirrers have been phased out at the Hawk’s Nest, Wagoner Dining Hall, and Dub’s Café.

Plastic straws and stirrers are being phased out of other locations as able. This commitment by Aramark will result in nearly 100 million fewer straws being used annual in the U.S. This is enough to stretch halfway around the world if placed end to end.

 

Students, faculty, and staff can purchase Dining straw kits in our POD market locations to encourage students to further reduce their consumption of disposable straws.

Ocean Friendly Establishments

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Wagoner Dining Hall, The Shore, Dub's Cafe, and the Hawk's Nest are all 5-star Ocean Friendly establishments as certified by Plastic Ocean Project and Surfrider. These locations offer paper straws as well as take additional measures such as offering vegan and vegetarian options.

Gold Talon Events

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When planning an on campus event, you can keep  sustainability in mind by making your event Gold Talon. UNCW Sustainability and Campus Dining can help you plan an event that is environmentally, socially and fiscally conscious.

 

Below are just a few examples of the sustainable options the Campus Dining Catering program has implemented:

  • Local, seasonal and Fair Trade options are utilized wherever possible

  • Organic waste is always composted when prepping meals

  • Reusable platters and trays replaced single-use items

  • Paper bags replaced non-recyclable boxes

In order to incorporate any of the catering credits,

you simply request what you would like in the notes

on your catering order.

For more information about planning a Gold Talon event, visit the UNCW Sustainability website and download the event checklist.

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Single Use Plastic Reduction











As a coastal university, we recognize the value and importance of protecting our most precious natural resources and to this end, UNCW Campus Dining and Aramark as a corporation have been embarking on a commitment to protect our oceans by significantly reducing single-use disposable plastics across all food service operations where possible. This includes straws, cutlery, bags, and various other packaging materials. Unfortunately there are some cases where a viable alternative to a single use plastic has been yet been identified, but please know that we are continuously making strides to solve these issues as materials technologies advance.

Cut Out Cutlery

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Look for this option when ordering from the Grubhub app:

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