12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, May 22, 1996
Recycling exposition educates
consumers on recyled products
* Exposition encourages
consumers to use
By Brooke Schneider
For the Daily
About 400 people attended the Buy
Recycled Expo, a vendor exposition of
recycled products and materials, at the
Michigan League Ballroom yesterday.
Nancy Stone, one of the main orga-
nizers of the event, said the idea of the
conference was to help consumers see
the products that which would other-
wise be wasted used innovatively.
"The idea was to expose not just
University students, but the whole pub-
lic to the options available for recy-
cling. The more people that know about
the products available, the more
demand there will be for these recycled
content products," said Jeanne Carloon,
a recent University graduate and one of
the main organizers of the Expo.
Stone explained that an important
message was the essential cooperation
of the three contributors in the recy-
cling process: recyclers, manufacturers
and consumers. In a pamphlet, the city
of Ann Arbor's Solid Waste Department
encouraged consumers to "close the
loop" in the recycling process by buy-
ing recycled content products.
Mary Jo Huber, a University Stores
customer service team leader and Expo
organizer, said, "There is more than just
copy paper recycled out there. We had
everything from office supplies to car-
Carloon added, "Recycled carpets
are used, and when the old carpet is
pulled up, it is recycled into parking
stops and bricks. That is the full circle."
The exposition was a cooperative
venture between the
city of Ann Arbor
and the University
"It was fun plan-
ning and having it.
Obviously the publi
enjoyed it because a
lot of people came
asked questions and
had good ideas
a University Stores A M
employee, said Representatives of the Equinox Natural Cleaning products company demonstrate the safety of their
attention tO recy products for the Recycling Expo at the Michigan League yesterday.
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and more people are starting to use the edge and interest in the people who is tnteresting what you can do wi
products. There has been a pick-up (of came through," Huber said. recycled stuff."
recycling frequency) on this campus, One woman who attended the Expo Huber and Carloon both said they
especially in copy paper," she said. said, "I learned a lot today and got an hope to make the Expo a regular and
"There was a great range of knowl- interesting compost demonstration. It bigger event.
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Daily Staff Reporter
About 100 individuals who call
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at the Ann Arbor Community Center
on Saturday to organize the writing of
a proposal to legalize assisted suicide,
which could be placed on the
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"People shouldn't have to live in Merian's Friends formed in A
pain and suffering," said Connie Arbor and plans to branch out to se*
Frederick, an Ann Arbor resident. eral other cities within the state. "This
Frederick is the daughter of Merian is just getting started here. Contacts
Frederick, a woman who sought the are just starting to emerge and branch
help of Dr. Jack Kevorkian in her sUi- out," said Tom Fitzgerald, an organizer
cide. The group was named in her for Merian's Friends.
honor. Fitzgerald said that so far, 400 people
The group said the goal of the meet- statewide have shown their support for
ing was to begin gathering volunteers Merian's Friends.
and educating them about how to go "We want this to be a statewide
about putting coalition," said
their proposal Ron Bishop,
on the ballot. People Ann Arbor rest-
In order to dent and co-
get a proposal Shouldn't have to founder of
volunteers live in pain and Friends. "We
would need to want input from
gather 308,908 suffering. as many people
signatures for as possible
a constitution- - Connie Frederick because we can't
al amendment Merian's Friends member win this withou
or 247,126 for a statutory initiative, all the support of other Michigan cities.
within a six-month period. A proposal Naomi Donaldson, a member of
in the form of a constitutional amend- Merian's Friends, said she was happy
ment would not allow the legislature to to see everyone gathered together for
alter the proposal in any way. A statu- the cause, and she said she expects a
tory initiative would allow legislators long and hard fight to get the proposal
to change the proposal. on the ballot.
Bob Alexander, an organizer for
Merian's Friends, said one of the
biggest opponents of the proposal will
be the state legislature. "The Michigan
o tti legislature is not going to be in favor of
" Rwhat we're doing, and they have t*
ability to form their own statute and put
tleE ltatea id= t it on the ballot along with ours, he
Fitzgerald said he strongly believes
in the cause for several reasons. "First
of all, everyone has the right to decide
when they can no longer live life with
615 Squality -it is not the right of the gov-
ernment to dictate what people can
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Sat til 4:20 big business is making money o
these people's pain and suffering while
they're on life-support machines."
een tot e 9 idfdtThe organizers said they plan to have
tecanumeruda uo a proposal by August or September.