The Clemson Earth Day Challenge is an event facilitated by Clemson Geopaths, where groups and individuals can present a project on an Earth Science principle to be shared with the community. Solid Green decided to enter the video, "Life of a Disposable Water Bottle" in order to demonstrate the importance of recycling and reducing consumption of plastic water bottles. 

The Solid Green brand is displayed throughout Clemson's campus and is synonymous with environmental sustainability. Solid Green is not only a student club, but also a faculty-facilitated campaign for sustainability, including efforts in recycling, composting, and outreach events. The Solid Green Student Club has had tremendous success with recycling and anti-litter campaigns on campus, which took off in 2009. Today, Solid Green is seeking to do more with sustainability to provide a more inclusive club that will include members who represent all three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic.  

 
 

Recycling stations equipped with containers for paper, bottles, and cans can be found near the entrances of almost all academic and residential buildings. Recyclable bottles include both glass and plastic bottles. Cardboard can be recycled in the Solid Green dumpsters located near the residence halls. All materials are processed at Kite Hill Recycling Center. Students who live off campus can take their recyclables directly to this location. More information on what can be recycled can be found here.

 

Every single day, more than 6 million disposable plastic water bottles end up in landfills and incinerators. In 2015, it was estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic waste ended up in the ocean. Recycling is a great way to reuse materials, but reusable water bottles are an even better solution. By replacing your disposable plastic water bottle with a reusable one, you can help to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and oceans. We recommend the brands listed below.

Sources: Container Recycling Institute, TIME

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For more information on Clemson's sustainability efforts or to get involved with Solid Green, please contact Emmaline Spier Camposano at espierc@g.clemson.edu, Summer Robinson at slr2@g.clemson.edu, or Reece Diaz-Verry at rdiazve@g.clemson.edu

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