News Stories

May 2014

Weaving together green ideas and actions

The Sustainable Conversations group, whose project was reported in the March/April edition of the ThunderBridge, has begun to crochet totes using thousands of feet of plastic yarn made from clean, dry, used Subway bags.

The group gathered a couple times in early May to put their green sensibilities into action with a crochet circle. Check out this video of Susan Wehe (WLCC), Lindsay DeMoss (Disability Services), Mercy Fernandes (WLCC) and Phyllis Williams (WLCC) as they crochet and discuss ways to encourage others to be “greener.”

Here are some photos from another crocheting session.

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The group would not have been ready to crochet without the help of Glenn Dillon (WLCC), who prepared a recycling table location for bag collection every day of RecycleMania.

Susan says that the group has collected 2,700 bags — about 27 percent of its goal. The project is ongoing and so is bag collection. Drop-offs are welcomed at Disability Services in Thunderduck Hall, Room T120; the Language Center in Wichita Hall, Room WH261; and in designated RLC collection bins.

The Subway Bag Special Re-Use Project dovetails perfectly Richland College’s vision to build sustainable local and world community. Sustainable Conversations started to brainstorm ways to reduce campus waste and productively recycle and reuse discarded materials. All who are interested are welcome to join the group — no crocheting experience necessary.