If you're looking for environmentally friendly products and gifts, The Colby Bookstore offers a variety of practical, functional, and-more importantly-sustainable goods:
» We sell a variety of re-useable mugs and
water bottles, including Nalgenes.
» Recycled one, three, and five subject notebooks
» Colby Seal notebooks, which use recycled paper
» Recycled filler paper in 100 and 200 sheet packs
» We sell a variety of Preserve Products, from toothbrushes and razors to bowls and cutlery, that are made from recycled plastic.
» Earth-Friendly Burt's Bees products
» Compact fluorescent light bulbs, which last longer and use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs (with the same light output as a traditional 60 watt bulb, these energy smart bulbs use only 13 watts of energy and last 5 years)
» Used textbooks
» U-Sell textbooks - Recycling textbooks right here on campus.
» Recycled Paper Greetings cards have been printed on recycled paper since 1971. Learn more at their website.
» World of Good products, a part of the Fair Trade movement, create a living wage for traditional artisans in rural communities all over the world, and are made from mostly recycled or harvested sustainable materials. 10% of profits are donated to social and economic development in the communities of their artisan partners.
» Whiteboards and Expo products
» Blue Stik
» We sell notebooks and filler paper made from sugar cane fiber. This paper, which is made from sugarcane fiber recovered from the waste stream, helps save trees, is Certified Carbon Balanced, and its production is powered by renewable energies.
» Recycled 3-ring binders
» Our Spirit Oversize Shopping Tote and Spirit "C" Regatta Tote are re-usable tote bags.
» 100% recycled printer paper
» Zulugrass jewelry, made from natural dyed grass beads and glass beads by the Maasai women of Kenya
» Blue exam books made with recycled paper
» Ben & Jerry's ice cream is made with natural ingredients and it is the company's mission to promote eco-friendly practices.
» Odwalla bars and drinks use organic ingredients and contain no genetically modified ingredients
» Whenever possible, we purchase books published by Penguin, a company that constantly seeks to reduce energy use and implement sustainable practices.
» Our Gund Bear line is part of the MCM Group and the Chelsea Teddy Bear Company, regular contributers to the World Wildlife Fund and other conservation organizations.
»Dormform Memory Foam Mattress Topper is an eco-friendly mattress topper made from soy based materials and has a low carbon footprint.
» Our Colby PO Box Coin Bank uses the brass post office box doors removed Colby's student post office during the Summer 2007 Cotter Union renovation.
» We sell locally-made wooden crates that are made by a group of people looking for a way to improve their lives by entering the workforce. These crates are made from scrap materials.
» The Spirit Colby Recycle Symbol Key Tag and Spirit Seal Metal Key Tag are made from the metal of a melted-down autobody.
» The Bookstore newsletter is circulated via e-mail. In addition, much of our marketing is done electronically.
» When students order books online through our website, we only offer in-store pickup to reduce on shipping costs and materials.
» Our Spirit Recycled Soda Bottle Colby College Lanyard is made of 100% post consumer recycled material.
» We sell a variety of eco-friendly cleaning supplies.
» The Legacy Colby C EcoKnit Beanie is made with cotton fibers and clippings that would normally be headed for a landfill. These cotton cotton scraps are sorted by color and blended before spinning, so no dyes or harmful chemicals are added.
» Both our Russell Colby Eco-Friendly T-Shirt and Jones & Mitchell Planet T-Shirt are made from recycled plastic bottles and organic cotton.
» Our Third Street Colby Our World Organic Cotton T-Shirt for Toddlers is made from 100% organic cotton.
» Several of our Under Armour items, including the Under Armour HeatGear Training T-shirt, Under Armour Heatgear Logo T-Shirt ,
Under Armour Catalyst T-Shirt for Women , and Under Armour Colby Catalyst Hood for Women, are made from recycled bottles that are broken down and woven into yarn. Learn more about this fascinating process here.
» Our For Bare Feet Colby Bamboo Footie Socks are made from biodegradable bamboo fibers.
» We allows customers to pay by credit card, which helps create a "paperless office." Many of our invoices are done electronically, which cuts down on paper use.
» We source locally as much as possible.
» Our Jillson & Roberts gift wrapping supplies include recycled wrapping and tissue paper and raffia that is sustainably harvested from trees which are unharmed.
» We carry many eco-friendly school supplies, including our Spirit Colby Bamboo Pen,
Colby College Recycled Pencil,
Spirit Recycled Colby Click Pen,
Colby Sustainable Moose 2-Pocket Portfolio Folder,
Colby Sustainability 3 Subject Spiral Notebook, and
Colby Sustainable Moose 1 Subject Spiral Notebook.
» We sell green mailing envelopes that are made from 100% recycled paper.
» The only index cards we sell are made from recycpled paper with a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste.
» We sell previously-viewed DVDs.
» We offer a used textbook option for the majority of our textbooks, and several textbooks are available as rentals.
» We sell a variety of recycled and sustainable non-Colby imprinted school supplies, from scissors to folders to pens and pencils.
» We reuse our Bookstore gift cards instead of throwing them away after one use.
» Our cap and gowns are made of UltraGreen fabric, which is made from recycled bottles. The gowns are also cleaned and reused from year to year.
More earth-friendly facts about the Bookstore:
» The Bookstore is LEED certified at the Silver level by U.S. Green Building Council. Some of the factors in LEED Silver certification are:
» Re-uses bubble wrap and plastic popcorn from sources campus-wide
- Optimal energy performance from a high-efficiency building envelope, windows, and heating and cooling system
- Innovation in design of various green aspects of the building;
- Reuse or recycling of approximately 88.5 percent of on-site generated construction waste and use of locally available construction materials with high recycled content;
- A commitment to purchase renewable power to offset 100 percent of the annual electric energy use for at least two years;
- Low-emitting interior finishes (paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, carpets) for air quality;
- Use of vegetable oil rather than petroleum-based hydraulic oil in the elevator;
- Use of native, drought-tolerant plants in greenscaping;
- Use of Green Seal cleaning agents; and
- High-efficiency motors for pumps and fans.
» Re-uses other packing materials and boxes internally
» Recycles paper
» Recycles printer cartridges
» Uses wood and metal hangers instead of disposable plastic ones
» Colby rescue sale
» Discarded textbooks are donated to a fund raiser for Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK)
» Paper in our printers is 100% recycled, with no chlorine used in the production process
» Our plastic bags are made from recycled plastic
» Work with other departments to combine mailings.