Many of the materials we encounter in daily life are experienced on a temporary basis - we use them once or twice, and then they're gone. Materials such as packaging foam, bubble wrap, shrink wrap, plastic cutlery, take-out cartons, and paper cups - though lumped together as disposables, have widely varying life cycles. Depending on their material composition, products can decompose over time or remain for hundreds of years.
INVITED SPEAKERS + GROW YOUR OWN MUSHROOM BLOCK
This workshop explores alternative materials for temporary uses. Join us for an inspiring talk by Oliver Campbell, the Director of Procurement at Dell, who will discuss the company's efforts to develop ocean-plastic packaging, replace styrofoam inserts with mushroom blocks, and implement locally sourced bamboo pulp packaging for their products manufactured in China. Learn about UT's efforts to make the switch to compostable food packaging from Neil Kaufman, Sustainability Coordinator of the Division of Housing and Food Services. And, participate in a hands-on workshop where you will learn to grow your own mushroom mycelium block from Daniel Reyes, founder of Myco Alliance.
GREEN MATERIALS LAB
This workshop is the first of a five-part series called Green Materials Lab, funded by the 2017-18 UT Green Fee. Green Materials Lab workshops introduce interdisciplinary efforts in sustainable materials, and promote learning through hands-on activity. Participation is open to all faculty, staff, and students at The University of Texas at Austin, though seats are limited.
There are 25 seats available for this event. RSVP by September 10 at firstname.lastname@example.org.