Photos by Melissa Ott
- In-store recycling bins for batteries and printer ink
- Tapioca compostable bags at checkout are not given by default but offered.
- Years ago the Bookstore stopped putting unnecessary advertising inserts in their bags in order to reduce waste.
- The Express Store, which is part of the Bay Tree Bookstore, has been sending its used coffee grounds and other organic material to Chadwick gardens to be composted for nearly 9 years.
- Offers soy memory foam mattress toppers instead of plastic ones for students to purchase
- Provides free cardboard for students during move out
- Student calendar planners are made from recycled materials and include ‘green’ tips that were developed by students
- Emblematic apparel sold by Alta Gracia supports workers rights by paying “living wages.” Certified by the Workers Rights Consortium
- Offers the more environmentally friendly option of renting a graduation gown instead of purchasing a new one
“All we can do is encourage, all of this is consumer driven” said the Bookstore Director, Bob McCampbell.
The Bookstore strives to be at the forefront of green practices. They receive so much information about new products it is a challenge to filter out the “greenwashed” products from what is legitimately eco-friendly. There are still more things that the Bay Tree Bookstore can do but I have confidence they will continue to improve their green practices and positively impact the student community. Some of these improvements are coming from pressure by student campaigns as well. Currently the Bookstore is in discussion with Take Back the Tap in order to reduce the sale of plastic water bottles. The Bookstore is also investigating an eco-bottle to sell instead of plastic bottles.