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April 2, 2009

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Plastic or paper? That’s the question associate university librarian Todd Mundle pondered in 2007 when the plastic bag supply was running low at the Burnaby campus library. Instead, he picked neither and switched to earth-friendly, reusable cloth bags. This year, due to popular demand, the library ordered 700 of the bags—and it has already sold a third of them. Now the library no longer offers plastic bags.

Mundle smiles when he sees students carrying the library bags around campus. "It was just the right thing to do," he says, "and it’s one of the ways the library is embracing SFU’s tagline Thinking of the World." Mundle also removed his office garbage can to help him think about what he’s throwing away and he uses the recycling bin as much as possible. "It’s a small but very important step," he says.

A sustainability advisory committee initiative, the sustainability ambassador program, has recruited two library staff members who encourage staff and library patrons to do their business in more sustainable ways. The reusable library bags are available at the check-out counter for $3.


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