SUSTAINABLE SWAG GUIDE

Eco-friendly promotional product procurement for the Auraria Campus.
The ASCP is proud to introduce our Sustainable Swag Guide! This is an important step in achieving our campus-wide waste diversion goal of 35% by 2022 and will go a long way in reducing the Auraria Campus’ ecological impact.

LEARN HOW TO:

  • Follow the ASCP's 3P's and 3D's of ethical purchasing

  • Choose an ethical distributor

  • Choose an eco-friendly product

  • Find what's popular on the Auraria Campus

  • And more!

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ASCP'S TOP

CONSIDERATIONS

Fundamentals of Ethical Purchasing

Sustainability can play a huge role in the numerous events hosted on the Auraria Campus and help the ASCP and your departments become better stewards for the environment! Giveaways and door prizes are a mainstay of many events but many of these items are low-quality, shipped overseas, come wrapped in plastic, and are often thrown away by the recipient if the item isn’t useful in the long term. We developed this guide to help address this issue and the large environmental impacts of our giveaway or swag choices.
Before Ordering: Consider, do we really need a giveaway? Are they any old items we should get rid of first? If giveaways are necessary (it’s okay, sometimes they are!) then there are a variety of things to consider to ensure they are responsibly sourced and minimize their environmental footprint.

DISTRIBUTOR

HOW TO CHOOSE A

CONSIDER THE ASCP 3P's

TO ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PURCHASING
Production Facility
Look for sustainability certified buildings, zerowaste & low pollution output, locally sourced materials, & local in proximity to purchase
Production Process
Find up-cycled & recycled materials, low-environmental impact statements, & humane working conditions. Refuse virgin materials
Product Choices
Find plastic alternatives, extended-life & multiple-use function, based on NEED of target audience, & end-of-life alternatives to landfill

PRODUCT

HOW TO CHOOSE A

CONSIDER THE ASCP 3D's

TO ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE PURCHASING
Demeanor
Does it encourage and enable the user to adopt a sustainable behavior change (i.e. reusable grocery or produce bags, bike lights)
Durability
Does it displace a single use item? Will people actually use it? If so, how long will it LAST? Is it built to last? What’s the predicted lifespan of this product?
Disposal
How easy is it to dispose of once it has exceeded its lifespan or the user no longer wants it? Are there opportunities to repurpose it? Re-gift it? Recycle? Will it just end up in the landfill?

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Download the complete Sustainable Swag Guide or contact our Waste Coordinator to receive more information about hosting a Green Event on the Auraria Campus.

Text "ASCP" to 22828 to sign up for the ASCP Newsletter!

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