Each month Tote Talk will post a favorite bag choice and some background information about it. This month’s winner is: Wartburg State University
“Our bags were purchased as a result of a survey conducted by our student senate on sustainability. Students indicated through the survey that they would participate more in recycling if they had a container to carry the items from their rooms to the recycling stations outside the halls.
We decided as a team a bag would be easier for staff to manage, could be laundered and was less likely to be used for garbage, not to mention lower priced. Our Student Senate was willing to pay for the project, so they were the decision makers for the final product. Our sustainability department asked Senate to consider the Enviro-Tote bags because they were made in the USA of recycled materials; it seemed like a full circle. They were thrilled with the idea and on board from the beginning.
The Enviro-Tote staff are great to work with and the bags are a great quality. The design staff was wonderfully patient with us amateur designers and helped us format our design to be ready to print. We received rapid response to questions and had great service all the way through the process, even after we signed the contract.
When the bags were delivered to our College we were thrilled, they looked amazing. Unfortunately we now had to hand out over 500 bags and due to other circumstances we lost our labor pool and students were already starting to move back in. Thankfully our student orientation staff chose to help. 32 students arrived on campus early to train to orient the first year students and part of their training included a service project as a team building experience. With their support we stormed the residence halls and finished the job in 3 1/2 hours leaving a hook and bag in every room on campus. Without their support this would have cost our college over $1,200 in labor and taken over a week.
Our students have been happy with the bags and appreciate the effort the college is making to be more sustainable. They have even noticed that the bags are recycled which seems to get some students thinking about seeing recycled items for other parts of their life.”
Photos by Julie Drewes