In an effort to keep college kids safe from harmful chemicals, Unity College in Maine provides its students with toxic-free alternatives, according to a press release. The school supplies first-year dorms with microwavable clay pots for making popcorn and electric tea kettles that contain little to no plastic.
The university's sustainability education and advocacy has spurred the student body to get involved in policy change by signing letters to their state legislators and U.S. senators about keeping toxins out of food products.
The school is aiming to have all food packaging included in Maine's Kid-Safe Products Act - under which the state Board of Environmental Protection is considering a ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles, sippy cups as well as packaging for infant formula and baby food.
At the college, the advocacy class focuses on educating students about safer food snacks and packaging. Officials from the school discovered that learners eat a lot of snacks in plastic packaging and plastic containers containing BPA, including quick microwave meals as well as cups for soups. BPA has been found to be more likely to leach into hot liquids.
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