Aug. 11, 2009
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SRU's SGA Bookstore goes green for back to school
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Student Government Association Bookstore is the latest campus convert to the greening movement. When the University's 8,600 students arrive for fall semester, they will be able to stock their rooms with 100 new all natural cleaning and hygiene products as well as recycled school supplies and eco-friendly greeting cards.
"We set the green-products displays right up front, next to the checkout registers," said Joe Flynn, bookstore manager. "Greening is something a lot of our students care about, as well as local residents who frequent the bookstore. If students are interested in going green in their residence halls and apartments, this will give them a very good start."
Seventh Generation and Burt's Bees manufactures most of the hygiene and cleaning products. Items include laundry detergent made without perfumes and dyes, buttermilk soap, bath crystals, hydrating shampoo and herbal skin ointment. Burt's Bees offers peppermint foot lotion and all-natural lip balm, among other products.
A supply of notebooks and other school supplies are made from recycled sources. A small supply of greeting cards rely on soy-based inks.
"The all-natural and recycled products are slightly more expensive," Flynn said. "But it's not like students are going to buy 10 bottles of dish detergent. They're going to buy one a semester. If it costs 50 cents more, that's not a big deal."
Jon Pincek, a music education major from Butler, said many SRU students care about greening. He expects the bookstore's entry into greening to take off because of its convenience. "I like the fact that everything is stacked by the checkout," he said. "That makes students more aware and gives us the opportunity to get involved in this cause."
Alisha Parker, an elementary education and special education major from Beaver, said she uses the Burt Bees lip balm. "I think students will buy the paper products," she said.
Beth Thompson, assistant bookstore manager, said she expects the products to sell because students frequent the bookstore for supplies, and the new displays make it easy to find the green products.
"The whole thing for me with eco-friendly products is if they are painless and make me feel good, then I'll do it," she said.
SRU's classes begin Aug. 31. SRU's bookstore (http://www.sgabookstore.com/) is the world's largest supplier of SRU memorabilia. Its inventory includes clothing for adults and children, textbooks, electronics, software, art supplies and food.
SRU has implemented a number of greening, or sustainability, initiatives in recent years to reduce its environmental impact and save in utility costs. They include a student-led Green Fund program, motion detector lighting in buildings, sleep-mode settings for computers and new residence halls that are LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] certified.
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