I’m excited about this new trend toward green dorm design and decor, such as the Green Campus Program in California wherein new students can tour a dorm room pimped out with, for example, "hemp towels, organic cotton sheets, a reusable elephant grass shopping basket, and bed frames made of recycled train tracks."

But I’m bummed that it’s basically negated by another "trend" in college dorms these days: deluxe consumerism of the not-so-eco kind. Said one UCLA resident director, "The newest trend is the bigger-screen TV, the plasma — I’ve seen some big ones, 40- and 50-inchers."

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In either case, however, this recycled-six-pack-ring furniture seems appropriate.

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