Pollution from single-use plastics harms our planet, our wildlife, and our own health. Much of this pollution comes from plastic items we don't need in our lives at all - from plastic grocery bags to polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) takeout food containers. The plastics project aims to push forward both local and statewide legislation to ban single-use plastic bags. Currently, we are focused on forming key partnerships with other organizations, such as ANJEC and the Plastic Pollution Coalition, & taking action for a state plastics bill to pass through the state Assembly.
Project Coordinator: Purva Bommireddy
Ally Karanikas (she/her)
North Jersey Regional Coordinator
Pope John XXIII High School - Class of 2023
Ally Karanikas, a junior at Pope John XXIII High School, is passionate about leaving a positive impact on the world and protecting the environment in which she lives. She is a certified Climate Reality Leader, intern at a local zero-waste store, and an active member in environmental groups, such as CRT’s youth, the Green Cause, and her school’s Green Team. Most of her work centralizes around environmental education, but she hopes to connect and inspire the community to take climate action. Outside of the environmental sphere, Ally loves cooking and reading literature, specifically books about social sciences and humanities.