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ReThink Your Footprint 2018 Recap

clothing swap
October 29, 2018

The Penn Community continued to reduce, reuse, and recycle in this year’s ReThink Your Footprint awareness campaign.  From Oct. 15-19, a variety of initiatives and events raised awareness about source reduction, elimination of single-use products, the impacts of landfill waste, and strategies to reduce consumption.

ReThink 2018 by the Numbers

15,551 pounds or over 7 tons
E-waste collections at six different locations gathered over seven tons of electronic products: computers, electronic office equipment, mobile phones, and more. Congratulations to participating Schools!

SAS – 410 pounds

Law – 308 pounds

Nursing – 920 pounds

PSOM – 11,342 pounds

SEAS – 259 pounds

Dental – 2,312 pounds

400 plastic bags

On Oct. 15, the Recycling Hub on College Green featured a “Plastic Bag Takeback,” which collected over 400 plastic grocery bags to be recycled by TerraCycle.

100 items of clothing
Penn’s third Pop-Up Clothing Swap, organized by the Sustainability Office and allied student groups, took place on Oct. 17 at Penn Closet, a student-run thrift store in Williams Hall. The Swap emphasized reusing material goods and provided participants with an opportunity to exchange their clothing and accessories for “new to you” items. Over 100 items of clothing were brought to the Swap.

58 pounds of blankets and linens

The School of Arts and Sciences collected 58 pounds of blankets and linens to donate to the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Three school-wide recycling and sustainability fairs
The Schools of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Nursing, and Arts & Sciences held fairs to educate their communities about recycling, green purchasing, waste reduction, and other important aspects of sustainability.  Thanks to the Green Teams in these schools for organizing these events, which also featured donation sites for eyeglasses for VPS Global, shoes for Community Recycling, and towels & linens for local animal shelters.

100 sweat towels and 168 reusable water bottles

At Pottruck Health & Fitness Center, Penn Sustainability and Penn Recreation partnered to educate the Penn fitness community about avoiding single-use products.  Gym patrons carrying disposable, single-use water bottles were offered an opportunity to upgrade to reusable metal water bottles.  Gym-goers who were already carrying reusable water bottles were rewarded with a new cloth sweat towel, to cut down on paper towel waste and remind them to continue to reduce their waste in their daily routine.

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