The UC San Diego Library Joins the Plastic-Free Challenge for a Month

 

 

Plastic Free July Exhibit
#choosetorefuse
July 1-31, 2018 
Geisel Lobby, East Wing 

The Library’s Sustainability Committee invites you to reduce your plastic consumption for the month of July!  Plastic is ubiquitous in packaging and convenience products, and going plastic-free can be surprisingly challenging but there are alternatives. Here are some steps that you can take each day to reduce your consumption of plastic:

  •  Refuse plastic straws by choosing no straw at all or substituting a glass or steel one.
  • Skip the bottled water by carrying your own refillable one.
  • Consider eliminating other types of plastic from your life such as plastic plates, plastic wrap, utensils and to-go boxes. Get creative and share your ideas!

Plastic Free July started in 2011 in Australia, and it has quickly become a global movement. The Library put together a modest display near Audrey’s Café. Please check it out and join us on this adventure. Sign up for the challenge.

2018 DIY Makers’ Day

DIY Maker's Day

DIY Makers’ Day
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

The Library Sustainability Committee is hosting a DIY Makers’ Day celebrating Earth Month on campus, using sustainable, non-toxic, reusable, and recyclable materials.

Maker stations include:

  • Make your own cleaning supplies (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • Make your own button using recycled book covers
  • Make your own body sugar scrub or deodorant (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • Plant a succulent
  • Pledge how you plan on going green in the upcoming year

Participants will leave with samples of projects and ideas to continue making eco-friendly products and reusing consumables on a daily basis! Bring a totebag to help carry your materials.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For questions or more information, please contact Kim Kane, kmkane@ucsd.edu.

2018 Fair Trade, Holiday Ideas, and Gift Giving Guide

Plant growing in a gift box

This holiday season and throughout the year, the Library Sustainability Committee’s Fair Trade, Holiday Ideas, and Gift Giving Guide makes it fun and easy to choose local, sustainable, fair-trade and recycled gifts and more.

Here are suggestions for gifts that support local small businesses and artisans, as well as places to find fair-trade sustainable items from around the globe.

Or maybe the perfect gift is something a little less tangible, such as a donation to a favorite charity or an unforgettable experience (or at the very least, a fun one!).

 Researchers have found that for those who already have plenty, experiences bring more happiness than material possessions. And San Diego has so much to offer! Consider a gift card to a favorite restaurant; tickets to the movies, a concert, or the theater; or a membership to one of our local gardens or museums.

This year’s updated guide is full of resources and ideas that are great for the local economy, easy on the earth, and delightful to receive.

Enjoy the season!

2017 Earth Month DIY Maker Day


Tuesday, April 18, 2017
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Open to the public!

The Library and the Environmental Sustainability Group is hosting a DIY Maker Day celebrating Earth Month on campus, using sustainable, non-toxic, reusable, and recyclable materials.

Maker stations include:

  • Make your own cleaning supplies (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • Make your own button using recycled book covers
  • Make your own body sugar scrub or deodorant (be extra green and bring your own container!)
  • Plant a succulent
  • Watch a demonstration of a 3D Printer (wood filaments and vegetable-based plastic!)
  • Learn how to upcycle clothing like sweatshirts into projects like pet beds
  • Pledge how you plan on going green in the upcoming year

Participants will leave with samples of projects and ideas to continue making eco-friendly products and reusing consumables on a daily basis!

This event is free and open to the public. For questions or more information, please contact Kim Kane, kmkane@ucsd.edu.

2016 Fair Trade, Holiday Idea, and Gift Giving Guide

Plant growing in a gift box

This holiday season and throughout the year, the Library’s Environmental Sustainability Group’s Gift Guide makes it fun and easy to choose local, sustainable, fair-trade and recycled gifts and more. There are suggestions here for gifts that support local small businesses and artisans as well as places to find fair-trade sustainable items from around the globe. Or maybe the perfect gift is something a little less tangible. Researchers have found that for those who already have plenty, experiences bring more happiness than material possessions. And San Diego has so much to offer! Consider giving tickets to the movies, a concert or the theater or a membership to one of our local gardens or museums, a gift card to a favorite restaurant, or charitable donation.

This year’s guide is full of resources and ideas that are great for the local economy, easy on the earth, and delightful to receive. Enjoy the season!

Download the pdf file.

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