Mizzou After Dark: Repair, Repurpose, Upcycle

Char’Nese Turner – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer

 

Students and Columbia area residents gathered Friday night at Mizzou After Dark’s Repair, Repurpose, Upcycle event to reuse old items and make them new.

Mizzou After Dark collaborated with on campus organizations and local businesses to teach students ways to be resourceful and less wasteful.

Event goers had the opportunity to get their old clothes sewn back together with the help of the Textile and Apparel Management group, create t-shirt garlands with the craft studio and Tiger Tech fixed students laptops and recycled old ink cartridges. The Environmental Leadership office also created t-shirt grocery bags with students, The office of sustainability created cereal box notebooks for attendees and Columbia I-repair fixed students’ cell-phones.

Students and volunteers agree that the goal of this event is to become more mindful of the waste that we produce and combat that by doing all we can to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Kavita Grewal of Mizzou After Dark hopes that this event makes students more mindful of the damaging things they do to the planet.

“I hope that students realize that you can turn your old stuff into something new, something cool, and something different. It doesn’t have to serve the same purpose as it did before. I want them to know what is going on around them and realize how they are affecting the planet,” said Grewal.

This unique event was an eye opening experience and allowed attendees to discover the importance of sustainability. Mackenzie Mock of the Environmental Leadership office says it is important for students to reuse what they have because it is healthy for the environment. She hopes that this event promotes sustainability on and off campus.

“I think we take a lot of stuff in this world for granted and we are way too wasteful as humans. We need to try and take back that and try and give back to the world,” said student Alex Leichd.

Mizzou After Dark wanted to prove that even the smallest act can make the biggest difference.

“It may seem like it is really hard to recycle but once you put yourself into practice with that and get into the habit it is really easy. You just gotta start somewhere and you gotta start now,” said Grewal.

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