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Soy-based ink for Printing

Consider using soy-based ink for your printing needs. Soy ink has fewer harmful toxins than petroleum-based ink and produces much brighter and sharper colors because of the innate clearness of soybean oil. Using soy-based ink makes recycling of the paper easier because the ink is easier to remove in the de-inking process. Soy-based ink prices are comparable to petroleum-based ink, but it takes less soy ink for the same print job. Studies have shown that if all oil-based inks were replaced by soy-based ink --only about 1.8 percent of U.S. soybean production-- soy bean producers could easily supply the demand. Unlike oil, soy is a renewable product, and soy-based toner offers a cleaner and sustainable source.

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Green Calendar

Nov. 11-15: America Recycles Week. Contact Amelia Mayahi at askosta@memphis.edu or 678-5543.

As part of America Recycles Week, volunteers are needed to participate in a campus-wide litter cleanup initiative that will be held on Nov. 11-15 and Nov. 18-19 from 9 am. – 11 a.m. Volunteers should meet at the Student Plaza at 9 a.m., each morning.

Volunteers will gather trash on the U of M campus, and will receive a free t-shirt for their efforts. To sign up, please contact Patrick Potts at plpotts@memphis.edu. Information is also available on the University of Memphis Sustainability Facebook page. You can volunteer for as many days as you would like, and U of M students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.

All of the trash collected on campus will be on display on the Student Plaza in advance of the Campus Litter Exhibit and Million Pound Challenge Kickoff event, which will be held on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The University of Memphis is taking a challenge to collect one million pounds of recycling by June 30, 2014. The current total of recycling gathered since July 1, 2013, is 214,240 pounds, which does not include totals for October 2013. The first 200 faculty, staff and students who stop by the Campus Litter Exhibit and take the Million Pound Challenge pledge will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

For more information on what can be recycled and where recycle bins are located on campus, visit memphis.edu/bluegoesgreen/recycling.php.

Nov. 16: McKellar Lake/River Cleanup. Contact Colton Cockrum at ccockrum@memphis.edu for information.

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