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April 23 'Trash Talk' to focus on nontoxic cleaners

April 18, 2013
Dr. Scott Hartsel

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Trash Talk lecture series will continue with a presentation titled "How to be Clean and Green" at 6:30 p.m. April 23 in the Towers Hall South basement social room on UW-Eau Claire's upper campus.

The presentation will feature Dr. Scott Hartsel, UW-Eau Claire professor of chemistry, who will give students a perspective on cleaners, discussing how they affect us and our environment. Students also will be taught how to create nontoxic cleaners for spring cleaning. All materials will be provided.

"People think chemistry is scary and complicated without realizing that they engage in it all the time," Hartsel said. "Once you demystify items such as cleaning products, you realize you can make them yourself and often at much lower cost and with much lighter environmental impact."

Trash Talks, sponsored by Housing and Residence Life, are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. A short question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact Kate Hartsel, housing sustainability coordinator, at



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