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Oasis is green with environmentalism

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | News | September 15th, 2008

The OASIS has made a tremendous leap this year by making their products environmentally friendly. Almost everything from packaging to the disposable utensils are going to be biodegradable and compostable.

“We have changed the majority of our products over to biodegradable and compostable. We have gotten rid of plastic drink cups altogether. Even the flatware (fork, knives and spoons) has been switched to a Greener Product.” said OASIS manager Ryan McTavish.

This huge change is going to impact the environment in a big way. It has been a long time coming, but finally management has taken the proper steps for a more ‘green' feel within the halls of Fanshawe College.

“I feel this is the time to ‘go green.' For years businesses have tried to switch over to better products but the cost was too much,” said McTavish. “It has always been cheaper to purchase the more wasteful or harmful products. The FSU is doing its part to help make this college and planet a better place despite the cost increase. We hope that other facilities in the College will see this change and take part. If more and more businesses start converting to these practices than in the long run the cost should level out.”

When it comes to recycling around campus, containers are located literally in every hallway; it's just a matter of knowing and being conscious of what to throw out and where.

As a part of this massive transition, the OASIS is introducing for the first time ever re-usable take out containers.

“These containers will be on sale in the OASIS for $5. It's very simple; you purchase the container from the OASIS and bring it in when you come down for a meal,” said McTavish. “Not only will this help with the amount of take out containers we will be wasting, but if you are a student who asked for a plate when ordering food, this will cut down the cost to run the dishwasher and save soap and chemicals from going down our drains.”

This brand new program is all set and ready to go mid September.

“Due to carrying over some stock from last year you will start to see our old products being used at the beginning of September and then making the conversion when the old products run out,” added McTavish.
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