Northwestern initiative tackling plastic plague

Reporter: Joey Maya Safchik, ’21

Next month, Medill first-year Marleigh Thorn wants to live her days plastic-free.

“All this stuff that’s just kind of a part of our everyday life, is just not good for the environment,” Thorn said.

And she’s not the only Northwestern community member concerned about plastic’s place on our campus.

At the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), scientists are working to end the world’s plastic crisis. Its new Program on Plastics, Ecosystems, and Public Health treats Northwestern as a living laboratory.

“We really want this program to be able to develop and deploy sustainable solutions that industry can pick up,” said ISEN’s Communications Manager Mike McMahon.