Moving Out? Donate your stuff!

Now that the craziness of Earth Week is over, what ever will you do with your time? Study for finals? Nah.. Start packing to move out? Eh.. How about donating to charity?? Chuck It for Charity is UVA Sustainability’s annual donation drive for students on Grounds moving out. You can donate old clothes, school supplies,…

Paper vs. Plastic? Which is actually better?

“Paper or plastic?” This question about grocery bag choice stresses many people out – at least those who care about the environment. Through documentaries about plastic, we’ve learned about the horrors of this material – how it ends up in the North Pacific Gyre in the stomachs of marine animals, how much plastic bags are…

Have a great, green Valentine’s Day!

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I hope you all spent the day with someone you care about – and even if you didn’t, no worries. I feel that Valentine’s Day has turned into a forced event for couples – filled with commercialism and the need to buy presents and go out to dinner, not to enjoy…

SustainaBUSY! Earth Week 2014

WOW this week has been jam-packed with events and it is not over yet! (And yes, I’m going to use the sustainabusy schedule as a lame excuse for posting late..my apologies!!) UVA’s HellUVA Planet Celebration aka Earth Week started last Tuesday with an event co-hosted by Green Grounds..SustainaPita! Like our other sustaina-events, Sustaina-Pita had delicious…

Flowers: better left uncut!

Hey all! This post is meant to piggy back Nicki’s from Valentine’s Day about buying local, sustainable flowers! Like a cliche girl, I love receiving flowers: roses, sunflowers, daisies, basically anything with a stem and petals I’ll take. But I never really considered the impact of cut flowers on the environment, so I looked into…

Tree Hugger: Origins of the Term

“Tree hugger.” We’ve all heard this term before, used to describe those invested in protecting the environment, ourselves even. But where does it really come from? I decided to do some detective work and find out. The term “tree hugger” was first coined 1730, when 294 men and 69 women of the Bishnois branch of…

B2P Pens – Made from 89.9% post-consumer product!

So last week I went on a shopping spree to the UVA Bookstore (yes, having no car and being at school limits my shopaholic tendencies severely)..I bought a pretty cool pack of sustainable pens! They’re called B2P (standing for bottle to pen), made by the pen company Pilot. They’re the world’s first pen to be…

Participate in UVa Sustainability’s Litterati!

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty addicted to all of my social media outlets..so why not use Instagram to help save the world? Litterati is a worldwide campaign founded by¬†Jeff Kirschner. By using geo-tagging, Litterati collects photos of litter and finds problem areas that need attention and clean up. Keyword tags on the…

Sprout: the plantable pencil

I’m all about online shopping, and I’m very excited about my latest purchase. Sprout is an innovative new product, created by Democratech, a group of MIT product designers and mechanical engineers. Sprout pencils have seeds in the stubs of the pencils, so when you can’t sharpen or use your pencil anymore, you simply plant the…