Graduation is just around the corner, with senior/graduation photos also approaching. We know our Tornados like to get creative while posing for their photos, but the trend of throwing or blowing glitter and confetti in the air is not good for our campus, especially since we are located on a beautiful preserve.
"Glitter/confetti is essentially tiny bits of shiny plastic," Zach Stark, Concordia's Director of Environmental Stewardship, said. "Glitter can’t be recycled, is non-biodegradable and typically is classified as a microplastic. Microplastics end up in our waterways and oceans, releasing harmful chemicals and resulting in consumption by all sorts of animals along the way. At CTX, we are concerned for all creatures, great and small, especially the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Jollyville Plateau salamander, our protected species on the Concordia Preserve."
Essentially, confetti and glitter are still litter, even if they break down over time. Plastics never biodegrade completely, but only partially decompose into smaller pieces, releasing chemicals along the way.
"They never are truly eliminated from the environment," Stark said.
Rather than just tell you not to get a little whimsical with your shots, we are including some environmentally friendly alternatives to glitter/confetti below!
Safe ways to spice up your photos without littering:
It should also be noted that there will be repercussions to littering on campus. According to the Student Handbook's Student Code of Conduct Policies, students who refuse to comply with this warning are in violation of two ordinances:
Damage to Property: Damage to or destruction of property or actions that have the potential for such damage or destruction is prohibited. Behavior which threatens to damage, or creates hazardous conditions such as dropping, throwing, or causing objects or substances to fall from windows, doors, ledges, balconies or roofs is also prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized application of graffiti, paint, etc. to property or removal of window restrictors, security screens, etc.
Failure to Comply: Students and student organizations are expected to comply with and respond appropriately to the reasonable and lawful requests of University officials in the performance of their duties. Students are expected to appear for disciplinary meetings when reasonably notified to do so. A failure to properly comply with or complete an outcome or obligation resulting from a conduct hearing or adjudication will also be considered failure to comply with an official request.
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