Students decorate reusable bags, encourage eco-sustainability

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — TROY’s Environmental Club encouraged students to express themselves and be eco-friendly during its first DIY tote bag night.

The event encouraged students to use reusable bags instead of plastic bags.

“It is very important to reduce plastic waste, the demands for plastic bags, and reuse as much as we can,” said club president Karle Jade. “Having reusable tote bags does all of that. There is so many ways to reuse the tote bags and doing a DIY just makes is so much more personable and it also creates this fun event that gives people the opportunity to take away something that will help the environment in the long run.”

The reusable bags were decorated with paint, markers and creative stickers. Throughout the meeting, the club discussed the themes for its next meetings before the semester ends.

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“I find these events to be super important not just for educating people and students, but also for getting students to participate in activities together and get to meet each other while also learning,” said environmental club advisor Dr. Chelsea Smith. “If you can learn in a group and have fun while you are learning, then it really helps the lesson kind of drive itself home and be remembered.”

The club intends to promote environmental awareness through educational sessions. To keep up with these meeting announcements, follow the club on Instagram at troyuenvironmental.

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, the club will host a week-long Earth Day celebration starting that Monday. Activities will include Reptiles on the Quad, Local Artists Shop Day and tie-die arts and crafts.