This past week, I started my online class for the summer about World Ecology Problems. To break it down, we basically debate and post about environmental problems. One of the first assignments was to watch a video called How to be Green Without being Prick. To sum it up, the guy in the video discusses that until people become educated and more aware, we can’t help save the planet.
We don’t realize how much of a direct influence we have on the environment. The video got me thinking about how I could do my part. Even in college right now, we can make slight adjustments to improve our ecological footprint. Below are some of the changes we can make to be more environmentally friendly.
What Can You Do to Help Out?
- Lighting: Change your light bulbs to more energy efficient ones: they seem expensive, but they last up to 5x longer than regular bulbs so they pay off in the long run.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: It seems so simple but its easier to forget to recycle items like paper products and plastic containers. Reduce the amount of spending such as buying cases of water bottles and switched to a reusable water bottle. Instead of throwing away random items like clothes and furniture, consider up cycling them.
- Be Aware: Be conscious to saving energy like setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter or for air conditioner a few degrees higher in the summer. Cutting down the time in the shower can save energy and also the amount of water usage as well.
- Power Down: To go with saving energy, making sure to turn off lights when you leave a room. We all have been guilty of leaving a light on here and there and it does add up! Also consider trying to unplug any electronics and appliances when you’re not in the room.
- Transportation: this may be an easier change due the fact as college students, we tend to walk everywhere. One way to go a step above that is car pooling to places like the grocery store or to work with coworkers.
With these simple changes in your daily routine, it not only will save Earth’s environment but I hope make you feel empowered to spread the word! Have other earth-saving tips? Leave them in the comments below!
As any responsible consumer will tell you, it is important for everyone to lend a hand in conserving the environment and protecting our planet. Many people think that it takes too much effort to live an environmentally friendly life, but it’s actually much easier than you think. Unless you’re planning on moving to the moon anytime soon, try out these “green” products for summer.
1. The Honest Company Sunscreen SPF 30
Sunscreen is a summer must-have, but there are many that are found in aerosol cans and chemical laden creams. This sunscreen has a toxicity rating of 1; the lowest possible score which means it contains no chemicals that will harm the environment
2. Bambeco Bamboo Beach Towel
Cozy up in this soft beach towel made from all natural bamboo fibers. Completely eco-friendly.
3. Camelbak Water Bottles
Instead of worrying about recycling all of those packs of water bottles, just don’t use them in the first place. Try a refillable water bottle made from BPA free plastic. A popular choice is a Camelbak bottle. They’re easy to use and eco-friendly!
If you’re traveling a short distance, break out your bicycle or walk. You’ll enjoy the nice weather and save on gas emissions
Save energy by giving your clothes dryer a break and hanging your clothes out on a line to dry. Take advantage of the warm breeze to dry your clothes naturally and save big bucks on your electric bill!
How do you stay eco-friendly during the summer? Let us know in the comments below!
College life is a time where habits start, both good and bad. Without parental supervision, a person can fall into routines of going to bed at 5am and waking up at 2pm, eating a pizza and ice cream diet and living in dorms that hazmat teams fear. College is also a great opportunity to start fresh and start showing some love for the world around us. Many colleges have integrated eco-friendly sections into their college handbooks. Sustainable living facilities and green teams have been popping up on campuses across the globe. Even with an overload of credits, spending some quality time with friends and juggling clubs and work, a person can live an ecofriendly life.
Adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle is not as intense a commitment to say adopting a border collie (which is a very energetic dog for those who don’t know). For instance, it doesn’t take much effort to have a separate bin next to your garbage for recycling. There is an easy formula to follow to recycle properly, and believe me, it is a much easier than formula derivatives:
|Good to Recycle
||Dispose of Separately
||Anything covered in oil – Trash
|Aluminum and tin cans
||Batteries – Find local drop off point: Stores like Target, Walmart, or even some post offices
|Plastics 1-7 (except #6 Styrofoam)
||Compact florescent lights – Drop off point
|Plastic bags and stretchy plastic film
||Prescription meds – DO NOT FLUSH! Most pharmacies will accept old prescriptions
||Nail polish, paint and household items – Drop off point
||Electronic items – Stores like Best Buy and Target
If looking to take the eco-friendly life as serious as those people with dreads wearing the treehugger shirts, try composting.
Here are some other guidelines to living a sustainable life in college:
- Stop using plastic grocery bags. Take reusable bags when shopping at the market.
- Ditch plastic water bottles, try out a reusable one. Some even have filtration systems built in!
- Walk, bike, carpool, and use public transit as much as possible: it is cheaper, healthier, and is a great way to make friends.
- Avoid buying new stuff by creatively reusing old things, swapping things with friends, and shopping at thrift stores. Also, when you need to get rid of things, instead of throwing them out, give them to friends, donate them, or sell them online or at a garage sale.
- Support local farmers by checking out farmer’s markets and buying local organic vegetables and fruits at supermarkets. It’s a healthier option for both you and the Earth.
- Avoid harsh chemicals and buy natural alternatives and biodegradable products
- Instead of blasting the heat, try keeping your room at a constant 68 degrees, which is both comfortable and not energy wasteful. Also, never open the windows with the heat on, but always try to regulate your room temperature by adjusting windows before reaching for the thermostat to crank up the A/C.
- Be power conscious by using power-strips and compact florescent lights.
- Quick showers: the environment and your roommates will thank you.
- Get involved on campus sustainability projects.
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