It’s in the Bag

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Calvin Sigelbaum ’12

Brown paper packages give way to canvas bags, as Lula Bell Houston Laundry goes green.

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By Cathryn Westra

Clothes left at the Lula Bell Houston Laundry are coming back a little greener.

Well, technically, they’re coming back more greenly. Instead of picking up clean clothes wrapped in brown paper, students are now receiving clean garments in a recyclable, canvas laundry bag.

The new program was the brainchild of Blake Candler ’13, who worked with laundry manager John Barnhart to implement the change. Part of the college’s continuing focus on sustainability, the recyclable bags will save an astounding 10 miles of brown paper per year.

In addition to saving paper, the switch led to increased efficiency, Barnhart says, because the time it takes to load the clean clothes into bags is less than it takes to wrap the clothes in paper. “We do 9,000 pounds of student laundry per week,” he noted. “If we can save 30 seconds per parcel…that time adds up.”

Barnhart acknowledges that the bags are more costly than the brown paper wrapping, but said the college is willing to incur the extra cost in support of the environment.

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