Graduation is quickly approaching and many of you will be taking graduation photos around campus. However, throwing glitter and confetti into the air is not good for our beautiful campus, particularly since we’re on a nature preserve.
“Glitter/confetti is essentially tiny bits of shiny plastic,” Director of Environmental Stewardship Zach Stark 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.”
Here are some alternatives to ensure you get a great picture without harming the environment:
- Bubbles - With the right camera and settings, a picture with bubbles can be stunning. Another great thing about using bubbles? They’re inexpensive.
- Lavender Or Rosemary - Not only will the pictures be amazing, but tossing fragrant herbs will also make the area smell amazing.
- Flowers - Stop by the grocery store and pick up some bunches of bright-colored flowers. Pull the petals off, toss them and smile!
- Bird Seed - Although it may seem strange, bird seed is a great alternative to glitter and confetti. If you do toss bird seed, please try to do it on a grassy area and not on the main walking paths.
- Rice - If you want to resemble colorful confetti as closely as possible, consider dyed rice in the colors you love. May we suggest purple and gold?
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We hope these ideas provide you with inspiration for ways to capture your pictures in an environmentally responsible way. After all, Concordia’s campus is one of the things that make CTX so unique.
We congratulate all of our upcoming Spring 2019 graduates and are excited to see how you take the world by storm!
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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