Swag Drag

Sunday, November 28, 2021

During my four semesters at UTC, I have been offered (and sometimes accepted) a wide array of promotional products. These items, colloquially referred to as swag, are often innocuous-seeming keychains, ink pens, Tt-shirts, and the like, are handed out to students without a second thought.

Many students are happy to accept a branded water bottle or UTC pen, but how many are using these items before being unceremoniously tossed into the garbage?

There are a host of sustainable options for promoting the brand of the school, such as post-consumer recycled key fobs, writing instruments, and shirts printed on recycled fabrics. Promotional products (even when purchased through a local company), are sourced from overseas, do little for the local economy, and have a higher environmental impact than that of a smaller maker. The budget for such items could be reallocated to local businesses, like bakeries, print shops, or other makers to help build up Chattanooga’s diverse community of designers and creators.

I would love to see a Bread & Butter cookie giveaway branded with UTC’s logo or having Neat Pony design and print our next T-shirt or tote bag next semester.

Justin Spencer


Be Gone, Foul Plague

Please Recycle Right

Great Service From The Hamilton County Health Department Hotline - And Response


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My wife woke up this morning and thought she might have COVID. We called the Hamilton County Heath Department hotline and someone answered on the third ring. Not a voice mail, a real person. ... (click for more)



Opinion

Be Gone, Foul Plague

Jan. 6 in New Orleans was the kickoff for Mardi Gras which normally features tableau balls, dinners, brunches, parties, concerts in the park and many parades. One of the first events there is the Joan of Arc Parade. Locals never need an excuse for a parade or a celebration and this year is no exception. Leading the parade was a standard bearer with a banner reading BE GONE FOUL ... (click for more)

Please Recycle Right

Earlier this week someone dumped hundreds of plastic hangers, with metal hooks and clips, into the #2 plastic bin at the Hamilton County/Red Bank recycling drop off center. This happened when the regular, super conscientious attendant was off for the MLK holiday. Normally this particular drop off has single digit or very low double digit contamination rates, the lowest of any ... (click for more)

Breaking News

3 More County Schools Shift To Remote Learning Due To High COVID Numbers

Three more county schools have switched to remote learning due to high COVID-19 numbers. School officials said, "The health and well-being of all Hamilton County students and staff has and will always be our highest priority. We are monitoring the current wave of COVID-19 spreading across our community and schools. Current state law does not permit the entire school district ... (click for more)

Firefighters Battle 2 Sunday Morning Restaurant Fires

Several LongHorn Steakhouse employees acted fast Sunday morning when a fire in the kitchen got out of control, safely exiting the restaurant and calling 911 for help. Multiple CFD Red Shift companies responded to the business at 5771 Brainerd Road. The kitchen hood was on fire and flames were coming through the hood vent on the roof. A second alarm was called to bring additional ... (click for more)

Sports

Lady Vols Stay Perfect In SEC With Win At #13 Georgia

The No. 5/6 Lady Vols picked up their fifth AP Top-25 win of the season on Sunday afternoon, defeating No. 13/13 Georgia in Stegeman Coliseum, 63-55. Tennessee (18-1/7-0 SEC), the only team undefeated in conference play, is enjoying its best start to a season since the 2007-08 campaign when the squad started 22-1 en route to SEC and NCAA championships. Its league beginning ... (click for more)

UT Men's Basketball Defeats LSU, 64-50

The 24th-ranked Tennessee basketball team led wire-to-wire and avenged an early-season loss to No. 13 LSU in front of a season-high crowd of 21,061 Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena. The final score was 64-50. Santiago Vescovi led Tennessee with 16 points, including five made 3-pointers. Vescovi also tallied a team-high-tying six rebounds and five assists. Making his second ... (click for more)