Beyond Beyond the Bottle: You don’t need a Nalgene

Beyond Beyond the Bottle is a new weekly column that discusses environmental sustainability in the context of life here at Brown. It’s about incorporating environmental awareness into our every day actions in simple, realistic ways with the potential for big impact. Beyond Beyond the Bottle aims to prove that we don’t have to inconvenience ourselves to lead more sustainable lives.

I care about aesthetics. I will notice when you wear a new shirt or when you re-arrange those photos on your wall. I will also always notice those big, inconvenient-looking plastic Nalgenes some choose to carry around. I appreciate that they are a reusable alternative — I really, deep down in my heart do — but my inner aesthete cannot help but cringe. This post is for all of you who haven’t bought a water bottle because the Nalgene look is just not your thing. You have cooler other options, I swear.

Disclaimer: To the Nalgene lovers out there – I don’t mean to offend. You rock them in a way most can’t, that’s all. Now, a run-down on reusable water bottles! Continue Reading


Iced Coffee Floats @ the Blue Room!

Chef Aaron is at it again with another treat to make the Blue Room even more appetizing – iced coffee floats! Same concept as a root beer float, only better suited to all you coffee lovers. The floats will use local ice cream from SoC0 Creamery in western Mass, including Mexicali Chocolate, Espresso Cookie, and Crème Caramel. The best part…wait for it….the floats go on sale at 4 pm! And we all know what that means – meal credits! So kick off the long weekend with an iced coffee float (4-7 pm today) and feel free to rub the frothy glory in the faces of all of us who decided to flee campus Friday at noon!

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Beyond Beyond the Bottle: THE RED CUP

The ubiquitous red cup. An icon in the undergraduate community and the universal sign that it’s party time. Intended to conceal whatever you’re illegally chugging away at, but let’s be real – who doesn’t already know?

I happen to be the girl who clutches her red Solo cup, dragging it from party to party to make sure I don’t waste more than one in a night. I’m not enough of a weirdo environmentalist to carry around my own glass but I do have some issues with the unreal number of Solo cups we go through. And in fact, so does Brown. Continue Reading