Date

2019 12:00 AM

Major

English

Department

English

College

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Project Advisor

Brianna Burke

Description

Single-use plastic waste is creating a plague across the planet. This type of plastic is found in every aspect of our lives, from the water we drink to the produce we buy to the hygienic products we use. One of the most prevalent single-use plastic forms is the plastic bag. It is second nature in our consumer-driven society to receive everything we buy wrapped or placed in a plastic bag. We use them at the grocery store, the mall, the gas station, and in our Amazon packages. When we're done with them, we sometimes reuse them once, but they always end up in the trash, or more accurately, the trees, the ocean, and ditches on the side of the road. The research presented in this paper delves deeper into the issue of plastic in the retail marketplace, focusing primarily on Gap Inc. Using data collected from one of Gap's stores and five years of experience with the company to form my analysis, I make environmental proposals to limit plastic waste created by Gap and similar retail companies.

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Jan 1st, 12:00 AM

Creating a Greener Gap: An Environmental Proposal for Gap Inc. and Other Retail Companies

Single-use plastic waste is creating a plague across the planet. This type of plastic is found in every aspect of our lives, from the water we drink to the produce we buy to the hygienic products we use. One of the most prevalent single-use plastic forms is the plastic bag. It is second nature in our consumer-driven society to receive everything we buy wrapped or placed in a plastic bag. We use them at the grocery store, the mall, the gas station, and in our Amazon packages. When we're done with them, we sometimes reuse them once, but they always end up in the trash, or more accurately, the trees, the ocean, and ditches on the side of the road. The research presented in this paper delves deeper into the issue of plastic in the retail marketplace, focusing primarily on Gap Inc. Using data collected from one of Gap's stores and five years of experience with the company to form my analysis, I make environmental proposals to limit plastic waste created by Gap and similar retail companies.