Blend, Bag, and Goodbye

The semester is coming to a close, and the Eco-Reps are finishing up their duties. The Eco-Reps are emptying and turning in their compost bins, recycling plastic bags, and encouraging students to be sustainable as they move out (by using Campus Wall!). As a thank-you, CSE hosted a luncheon at Gaia for the Eco-Reps. If you’ve never been to Gaia, I highly recommend checking it out!

I am certainly going to miss the Eco-Reps. Working with them has been a pleasure – this current group has been creative, enthusiastic, and hard-working. Many of these wonderful Eco-Reps are leaving next semester, due to graduation, study abroad, and other internship positions. Luckily, we have a new group of Eco-Reps for next year!

A number of successful events have been held this semester, and 161 students attended Eco-Rep events… until last Saturday!

This past Saturday, the Eco-Reps were lucky enough to be invited to participate in the Upper Class Quads Block Party. The Upper Quads provided food, music, games, and prizes for everyone. A few Eco-Reps decided to not only tell people about sustainability, but showed people how fun being sustainable can be.

The Eco-Reps were excited to show off the bike blenders

Two of the bike blenders were brought to the event and were a huge success. Handlebar volunteers built these bikes so that the rear wheel directly connects to the blender – no electric generators are needed, just a rider! The incredible thing is that these two blenders make smoothies much more quickly than a standard blender that is plugged into an outlet, meaning we can make a smoothie in less than a minute!

Bike blending is the best way to make a smoothie!

Students lined up to blend their own smoothies, and many came back for seconds. Over 50 smoothies were made! The finished smoothies were either poured into students’ reusable cups, or were poured into compostable cups (we brought the compost bin from DW so that it was easy to compost).

Bike powered smoothies are the best!

The Eco-Reps also brought three plastic bag floor pillows to raffle off to students. These pillows were made by the Eco-Reps, by sewing together old Admissions Office banners and stuffing them with the plastic bags that are put in the plastic bag recycling bins, located in the HUB and residence halls.

After testing the floor pillows, students claimed that they were “the softest pillow ever” and “better than TemperPedic.” One student even exclaimed that his “butt has never been so happy!”

The winners of the raffle skipped and ran to claim their prizes, while other students asked if the Eco-Reps would make more of these luxurious pillows for students (the answer is yes!).

Two lucky winners pose with their prizes

The Eco-Reps could not have asked for a better event to end the semester with!

2 thoughts on “Blend, Bag, and Goodbye

  1. D Weiss

    I just want to leave my opinion on the use of plastic bags in our nation. A ban on plastic shopping bags is like “spitting in the wind”. Let’s all have a reality check folks! I am all for cleaning up our environment. However, singling out one source of plastic waste is absurd! All of you out there that are standing on your “soapboxes” calling for the ban of plastic shopping bags have no clue what effect that would have on the hard working Americans that produce these bags including the pyramid of suppliers and companies that support the manufacturers. The next time you are at the checkout line or strolling through the aisles of your local supermarket or convenience store, just stop for moment and take notice of all the items, wrapped, packed, stacked and labeled with plastic. I would have to make very an un-scientific guess that maybe 80% of all items you are putting into your “demonized” plastic shopping bags contain or are solely protected/packaged by plastic. This includes items packaged within a paper box. Think about it. There is FAR MORE processed plastic products going INTO your shopping bag, then there is contained within the shopping bag itself. Let’s not forget that we throw this all out into a big black heavy garbage bag. A plastic shopping bag ban is a total waste of time! The only sane option should be an enforceable plastic bag recycling program. ALL PLASTIC! Thank you for taking the time to read my post. For anyone that is in need of recyclable plastic bags, paper bags, grocery bags or reusable shopping bags, please visit Global Packaging Solutions manufactures and sells a wide variety of environmentally friendly retail packaging products. All which are recyclable.


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