Fast fashion, secondhand shops, sustainability, and their relation

The fashion ‘f’ words, make my skin crawl because of how dirty they are. The words I’m talking about are fast fashion. Fast fashion is mass produced inexpensive clothing that emulates styles that recently hit runway. It is a manipulative industry that throws out new trends way too quickly for anyone to keep up with, causing consumers to spend too much money on poorly constructed clothing made in sweatshops, some out of animal fur and using synthetic textiles. There is no shortage of documentaries showing the ugly side of fast fashion and all the resources it wastes. A popular documentary, “The True Cost,” showcases the people who make the world’s clothes and how clothes impact our society. One method for reducing our carbon footprint and switching over to a sustainable and ethical lifestyle is buying clothing through secondhand shops. According to the Climate Action Business Association, 40 billion pounds of clothes are produced every year, and one kilogram of cotton requires 20,000 liters of water to make one T-shirt and a pair of jeans. Not buying from fashion brands like Forever 21 and H&M removes yourself from the toxic fashion industry process. Buying secondhand also gives clothes another chance at

By | 2019-01-30T22:27:07-07:00 Jan 30, 2019 | 10:27 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , |

Climathon challenges teams to create sustainable housing solutions

The walls were plastered with water level prediction maps, whiteboards were covered with mapping diagrams and tapping sounds indicated the focused coding of climate hackathon participants at the second annual 24-hour hackathon “Climathon.” The hackathon took place from Friday to Saturday in the Long Beach State Duncan Anderson Design Gallery. Hackathons usually consist of groups competing to finish projects within a limited time period. This year’s theme “sustainable housing” inspired projects ranging from carbon production phone applications to in-home electricity conservation devices. The hackathon was put on by The Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, lead by director Wade Martin. “Housing is always a challenge in Southern California, particularly in Long Beach,” Martin said. “As the climate changes, having excessive heat days over 95 degrees, the challenge has become even more acute, what with storm surges and sea level rise.” Unlike other hackathons, teams were not predetermined. Students and community members came to the event and pitched their ideas, which were then selected based on development potential. One team, surrounded by sticky notes, worked diligently on an app to help people measure their personal carbon production. “A person can figure out how much carbon their lifestyle produces. When they see that

By | 2018-10-29T12:55:46-07:00 Oct 28, 2018 | 10:06 pm|Categories: Campus, Events, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , , |

LBSU looks to ‘greener’ practices with new sustainability commission

With the new Imagine Beach 2030 initiative commencing in less than a month, university officials are looking at ways to increase sustainable usage on campus, one way being the creation of the Presidential Commission on Sustainability on Sept. 28. The commission’s role will be to help evaluate new technology or approaches that might enhance climate resilience, work with faculty to integrate issues of sustainability into classes, mount public information campaigns and sponsor events that showcase current and future sustainability measures, according to President Jane Close Conoley. Wetlands plant ecology professor Christine Whitcraft said this commission will serve as an opportunity to elevate the profile of sustainability on campus. It will provide leadership for other programs on campus and will not replace the organizations that promote sustainability, such as Environmental Science & Policy club, Sustain U among others.   The first interim meeting was on Oct. 24 to figure out the details and logistics of the commission. Before the Sustainability Commission was created, there was the Sustainability Task Force which had its first meeting in April 2011 and its final meeting in March 2017. They were dedicated to helping the university identify and adopt sustainable practices in university and auxiliary operations,

Green Games provides students with interactive approach to sustainability

There is no time to waste when it comes to providing sustainable solutions for our actual waste on-campus, at least according to the information provided at Green Games, an eco-friendly event held at the Speaker’s Platform Tuesday. The environmentally charged event provided students with a variety of interactive mini-games highlighting the importance of maintaining a sustainable lifestyle — especially when it comes to handling waste properly. The event presented little-known facts about campus life and its overall effect on the environment. “I really want people to walk away with a greater sense of knowledge and [understand] the importance of sustainability,” said Cory Coogan, program assistant for Associated Students Inc. Beach Pride Events. “We’re affecting our planet all the time, every day, and it’s sad to see everything we’ve done to harm the planet.” The event, hosted by ASI Beach Pride Events, Sustain U and The Office of Sustainability, hosted six different sustainability-themed mini-games for students to play. One of these games was called, Coffee Cup Conundrum — a competitive racing game where students had to stack as many cups as possible, in a pyramid shape, within one minute. “We did a study that found that we were generating to the

By | 2018-10-24T23:13:30-07:00 Oct 24, 2018 | 11:12 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Today|Tags: , , , |

‘Herb’ your enthusiasm

College life, for many, includes living a rather fast-paced lifestyle, one devoid of what may be perceived as time-consuming — home cooking. According to an article by Roberto Ferdman for The Washington Post, the cause for the diminishment of the home-cooked meal is “the fact that people simply don’t have the time that they used to.” Yet “Indoor Herbs 101,” an event that took place Tuesday in the University Student Union Sunset Lounge, aimed to encourage students to take some time away from their on-the-go way of life to grow, care and even eat their own indoor herbs. This event, held by Sustain U and The Office of Sustainability, provided in-depth information through three different workshops. These all focused on a variety of herbs which students could grow on their own and use to create a more eco-friendly approach to eating.   “Their food can be a more personal thing,” Eric Bryan, recycling and sustainability coordinator for Sustain U, said. “It’s not just something you exchange a certain amount of money for. This is something you can grow to the way you like it, in a way that is not at all harmful to the rest of the world. This

By | 2018-10-17T18:32:55-07:00 Oct 17, 2018 | 6:32 pm|Categories: Events, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

Vertical planting systems make debut on campus

Students walking by The Nugget Pub and Grill this semester may have noticed leafy greens and vegetables sprouting from white, towering pillars. This new installment isn't just for looks, the 20 new hydroponic systems will soon provide fresh produce to students and staff at Long Beach State. Produce grown from the hydroponic systems will include lettuce, spinach, cucumbers and peppers— all of which will soon be available at The Chartroom restaurant’s salad bar and possibly the residence halls. The first of the crops will go to The Chartroom salad bar and will not be ready for three to four more weeks, but students and faculty can expect to see the greens and herbs go from tower to table throughout the year. These hydroponic systems on campus currently harbor a variety of “dirty dozen” plants, which are produce particularly bad because they absorb pesticides. Donald Penrod, general manager and chief executive of the nonprofit Forty-Niner Shops, was looking for a way to incorporate local produce into on-campus dining when Lettuce Grow approached him. As a Playa-Vista based startup company, Lettuce Grow specializes in sustainable food growing, and made Pendrod's wish come to fruition with the installment of the systems. These systems

By | 2018-09-11T11:07:10-07:00 Sep 11, 2018 | 1:43 am|Categories: Campus, News, Showcase, Today|Tags: , , , , , |
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