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The Environmental Impact of Fashion & Textiles

by Becky Phung Take a second and think back to the last thing you threw away. Was it a greasy napkin from Panda Express? An empty plastic milk jug? A single threadbare sock from five years ago that you’ve finally decided to part with? The concept of waste management is as old as time, especially … Continue reading The Environmental Impact of Fashion & Textiles

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes to Truly be Thankful For

For many typical American families the Thanksgiving dinner table is covered with traditional foods from roasted turkey, to stuffing, and mashed potatoes. For vegans, Thanksgiving can seem intimidating, but with the online community growing over the past few years, there are copious amounts of vegan-friendly recipes that are sure to blow you (or guests) away. … Continue reading Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes to Truly be Thankful For

Reducing Food Waste on Thanksgiving

Reducing Food Waste on Thanksgiving: Expand your waist while reducing your waste Did you know that 150,000 tons of food goes to waste in America per day? Additionally, over 240 million pounds of turkey alone is wasted each year after Thanksgiving. All of that food ends up in the landfills (if not composted), contributing to methane gases. … Continue reading Reducing Food Waste on Thanksgiving

Goodness Grows – The Success of a Sustainable Small Business

Goodness Grows – The Success of a Sustainable Small Business by Carson Manley We’re so often told that you need an extensive list of qualifications to be successful in today’s professional landscape. The standard of basic preparation has increased drastically; what used to be a high school diploma morphed into an undergraduate degree, which then became … Continue reading Goodness Grows – The Success of a Sustainable Small Business

Precious Plastic Texas: A New Outlook on Fighting Pollution

Introducing Precious Plastic Texas: A New Outlook on Fighting Pollution by Camille Cater Did you know there’s a massive vortex of plastic pollution floating in the Pacific Ocean that’s more than twice the size of Texas? That’s because 8 million metric tons of single-use plastic end up in the oceans every year. Discarded plastic is … Continue reading Precious Plastic Texas: A New Outlook on Fighting Pollution

How To: Zero Waste Soap

The Zero Waste initiative is making its way across UT Austin. From the campus wide initiative to personal projects, students and faculty alike are trying to reduce waste in all aspects of life. The Campus Environmental Center hosted a Zero Waste Soap workshop and the recipe is here to share! A simple way to eliminate … Continue reading How To: Zero Waste Soap

Changing the Standard Fashion Business Model Through Social Entrepreneurship

Written by Jihyo Kim (Co-Founder of LEDOUBLES) Current Status of Global Fashion Industry Do you know how much water is used to make one pair of jeans? The water usage per pair is equivalent to weekly water consumption by 4-person families. Our global fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Every … Continue reading Changing the Standard Fashion Business Model Through Social Entrepreneurship

8 Tips for a Green Halloween

Make Your Halloween More Sustainable by Emma Overholt The spooky holiday has arrived and that means eating your body weight in candy, dressing up as your favorite character and having a good time with friends. However, candy and costumes can end up creating more waste than you realize. Read more to find out how you … Continue reading 8 Tips for a Green Halloween

Circling Around: Stop f’ing up the Planet

Circling Around: Stop f'ing up the Planetby Peggy Blum Our relationship with our clothes has changed significantly over the last century, with the most dramatic shift taking place in the last three decades. The increasing speed of our consumption habits fueled by a reciprocal increase in the speed of fashion production has resulted in what … Continue reading Circling Around: Stop f’ing up the Planet

CEC’s Open Membership Model

The Campus Environmental Center has announced they will adopt an open membership policy, whereby there is no application or active-member requirements to be involved with the organization. The CEC is the oldest and largest organization at the University of Texas at Austin for those interested in the environment and is sponsored by the UT Office of … Continue reading CEC’s Open Membership Model