Community learns how to turn trash to treasure

Earth Day event teaches students how to convert shirts to bags, more

By Zelenia Vasquez
On April 27, 2017

Photo by Brit Raley
Students talk with a representative from the Nature Center about the snake around her neck.

ASU hosted the annual Earth Day awareness event to show how one can contribute to protecting the Earth on April 20.

"It is important to conserve, mainly because this is our earth and we live here," Selina McSherry from the Nature Center said. "Just like ourselves, if we do not take care of ourselves we get sick, so we need to take care of the Earth so that we can all live and grow happy and have a good earth."

Tri-Beta, national honor society for biology, participated in the Earth Day event by bringing flower seeds in hopes that people will drop the flower seeds wherever they go. The goal behind this is to help keep bees alive.

"We try to encourage people to become aware about bees and the fact that they are becoming more endangered," Tri-Beta member William Johnson said. "Bees are what pollinate our fruit and keep prices down, so if you like fruit try to save the bees too."

Multicultural Center Activities also set up a booth to teach participants how to repurpose old clothes. One example of this is how to turn old clothes could into bags.

"We are getting old ASU shirts or any shirts that you do not want anymore and we are just teaching them how to make reusable bags out of them," Lauren Shankle said.

The S.A.F.E recycling center also went to the Earth Day event to explain the importance of recycling to students.

"I am trying to educate the students on the importance of recycling," director of S.A.F.E Lloyd Pashal said. "We do electronics recycling and all kinds of recycling."

Lloyd displayed a variety of items such as koozies made from old tires and hard drives that have been converted to magnets.

"We are just trying to keep many things from the land fill because there are many things that you do not want in the land fill," Lloyd said. "Like any rechargeable batteries, they have mercury in them, so you do not want them to go in the land fill because you do not want it to get into the water system."

Students attending the Earth Day event found out that they can also reuse many things within their career field.

"I try to recycle as much as I can," senior Kaye Aguilar said. "Being an art major, I try to use as many things as I can and reuse canvas and paints. [I] turn bottles into sculptures as well."

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