As the end of the Fall semester approaches, many future Sam Houston State University graduates are beginning to pose for fun photos around our beautiful campus. Recently, confetti-toss photos have soared in popularity as each graduate puts their unique touch on the pictures they snap. But, did you know that those tiny bits of plastic can do more harm than good and ruin some of the most beautiful spots on campus such as the Blatchley Bell Tower and Old Main pit for months? Confetti and glitter are micro plastics that are not biodegradable. These bits of trash are washed down storm drains, ultimately impacting water quality and marine life in the area.
It also causes a strain on the SHSU staff who maintain our beautiful campus.
Throwing confetti and glitter on the ground is not only littering, but harmful to the environment too. Sam Houston State is home to chickens, ducks, squirrels and countless other wildlife. The confetti trash left on the ground is often consumed by wildlife, harming animals on campus.
Environmentally friendly alternatives to confetti or glitter include rose petals, leaves, eco-glitter, bubbles or a Photoshop filter or overlay.