If you’re celebrating Commencement with confetti, use paper, not plastic.
Paper confetti breaks down quickly and is often biodegradable, unlike confetti made of Mylar, glitter and plastic. The synthetic versions decompose slowly and can be difficult to clear from the campus grounds.
Mylar and plastic confetti also can slow down the clean-up process with ceremonies occurring back-to-back in the University Quad from May 17 to 19.
Synthetic confetti also poses a threat to wildlife. If eaten, the confetti could imperil the health of animals.
Need another reason to choose paper? The Mylar and plastic pieces can get washed away and pollute the ocean and waterways.