CHAMPS raise environmental awareness on plastic bags

(05-16-2008)

Adams State College athletes flexed their sale-skill muscles for a good cause. As part of Coach Tom Cliff's CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) class, a team of Adams State athletes decided to sell reusable bags to raise awareness around the impact of our plastic bag use. They broke into two teams, one stationed at City Market and one at Safeway in Alamosa. In the competitive spirit, they challenged one another to sell the most bags. "Everyone was a winner," said Mary Hoffman, executive director of ASC Community Partnerships. "They sold over $250 worth of bags, in less than two hours, and spoke to dozens of people about doing their part to cut down on plastic waste."

The bags are 100% bio-degradable cotton, certified fair trade and sport the EARTH (grassroots Adams State sustainability effort) logo. Only one percent of plastic bags are recycled in the United States. Most end up in landfills and take as much as 1000 years to breakdown. They leave toxic chemicals in our earth and water. For more information call ASC Community Partnerships at 719-587-8209.

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