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Reaching out to the student body and campus community with tabling and on-campus events, the Education branch promotes awareness of resources and waste reduction. We host numerous on-campus events and activities that reflect the message of WRRAP. The three main outreach efforts are the Clothing Swap, Donation Dash/Green Graduation, and WRRAP week.
WRRAP hosts two clothing swaps per semester, and reflects on the three R's: reuse, reduce, and recycle. Rather than throwing away your tired wardrobe, we encourage you to come by and swap your clothes. One person's trash is another person's treasure. Over 350lbs of clothes are donated and taken by students, staff, and faculty at our clothing swaps. Some facts below show how much impact textile production can have on the environment:
- Over 1,800 gallons of water is used to grow enough cotton to produce just one pair of blue jeans.
- 13 million tons of textiles are trashed each year and only 15%, or 2 million, tons are recovered each year.
- If all 300 million Americans recycled one T-shirt, we would recover 210 billion gallons of water and keep 1 million lbs of CO2 out of our atmosphere.
- The amount of water it takes to manufacture an average T-shirt can provide enough drinking water for one person for 900 days.
Donation Dash is WRAPP's biggest event of the year. When students move out of their dorms at the end of the Spring semester, WRRAP employees and volunteers manage items students would otherwise throw away. The event collectively diverts reusable items to thrift stores and recyclable items otherwise trashed to the proper bins. Volunteers make a huge difference in waste reduction and receive special thank you gifts from WRRAP. During the same time, Green Graduation aims to minimize environmental impact and waste generated at the annual graduation ceremony. WRRAP employees will supervise separation stations and education people about the importance of waste reduction.
It is not only important to connect with fellow students who agree with the practices of waste reduction, but also to reach out to people who aren't quite aware of its significance. In order to effectively reach out to the campus community, WRRAP hosts WRRAP Week led by the Education branch. WRRAP week is a week-long community outreach event to promote waste reduction and sustainability. Every day of the week during this week, each of WRRAP's five branches will host workshops and educational games relevant to their branch's mission. By participating in these workshops and games, attendees will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to lessening our impact on the environment.
Every Fall semester, WRRAP leads HSU in the Game Day Challenge, a nation-wide competition between over 80 universities and colleges to promote waste reduction and minimize landfill waste at a sporting event. WRRAP works closely with tailgate organizers and the Athletics Department to implement our "Green Game Plan" to minimize landfill waste generated at the homecoming tailgate and game. In 2014, HSU placed first in the waste diversion category by diverting 86% of waste from landfills during the October homecoming game against South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. In 2015, despite a major increase in attendance at the Fall 2015 Homecoming game including a 100% increase in tailgate attendance from the previous year, HSU managed to maintain an impressive 82% diversion rate.
WRRAP is always looking for volunteers to offer a helping hand with our events and encourages creativity and ingenuity in creating new outreach methods. We want to be able to inspire and create better living environments and offer any interested students the opportunity to participate and create under WRRAP.
- Involve the campus community to take personal changes in consumption habits
- Provide educational flyers, website, videos and promotions using multi-media programs
- Meet with Humboldt State administration to enact waste reduction into school policy