Curb Your Consumerism
While the consumption of goods and services is a crucial component of modern economic systems, the culture of consumerism contributes to waste, resource depletion, pollution, and social and economic inequities. In recognition of students propensity to consume throughout their time at college, the UVM Eco-Reps carried out a campaign in the winter of 2018 to educate students about the effects of consumerism and various ways to decrease consumption habits.
On a community team level, each team of Eco-Reps came up with their own outreach strategy to promote the practices and ideas geared towards reducing consumption habits. This includes education about responsible consumption, the culture of waste, waste reduction, doing more with less, bulk buying, thrifting, DIY, and the reuse and repairing of products. Additionally, the Eco-Reps created a local shopping guide to educate students about about circulating money into their community and reducing environmental impacts by eliminating components of supply chains. This guide also provided students with information about locally owned business for clothing, food, and lifestyle shopping.
I Choose to Reuse
This main event of the Spring 2014 campaign took place on Wednesday April 2nd in the Davis Center. The promotion included a "bring back the silverwear" Sodexo petition and student sustainability pledges. I Choose to Reuse showcased how students on campus can make choices that are reusable and longer-lasting, compared to disposable alternatives.
In an effort to conduct campus wide outreach, the Eco-Reps hosted a sweater swap event in the UVM student center. This event was a means of promoting both the reuse and donation of used clothes by encouraging students and faculty to exchange winter clothing. Items for the swap were collected using donation bins in various campus locations and during tabling events in the week leading up to the event. The majority of items were donated by various local consignment stoers, including Battery Street Jeans, Downtown Threads, Outdoor Gear Exchange, and Dirt Chic. Participation in the event was free, regardless of whether an attendee was bringing something to contribute. In the end, we were able to donate nine boxes of gently used clothing to Spectrum Youth and Family Services!