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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Bentley chapter.

Although Earth Day was this past Monday, it’s important to recognize all the small things you do every day to make the world just that much better. It’s also amazing to think about products we use each day and the differences we could make by changing our daily routines. Below are some amazing facts that may not only shock you, but also encourage you to change your habits!


The trash you can save in one year:

For every one cloth towel that you use to dry your hands, you are saving 7,300 paper towels from ending up in our ecosystem.

Try using a cloth towel in your bathroom and your kitchen to help save this vast amount of paper waste! In public restrooms, try using the hand dryers instead.

Another helpful tip: Try using reusable cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.



If you used 1 reusable water bottle for a year, you could save 167 plastic water bottles.

Investing in a reusable water bottle now can pay off in the long run and you won’t have to consistently buy plastic water bottles.



If you used 1 reusable bag for each time you shopped in a year, you could save 170 plastic bags.

You can find reusable bags at most grocery store registers. If you keep your reusable bags in your trunk, you won’t forget them next time you go shopping!



If you used 1 reusable metal straw for your drinks, you could save 540 plastic straws in one year.

Not only does this reduce the plastic waste we have in our world, it also helps save marine life!



Hopefully these facts helped you think about your own life and what small changes you can make in your life. Small changes really do make a big difference. If every person who read this article made these changes, we would save a vast amount of plastic and keep waste out of our waterways and ecosystem.


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Allison Weed

Bentley '20

Allison Weed is a senior at Bentley University. She is majoring in Marketing with minors in Information Design and Corporate Communication, and International Affairs. She is the President and Campus Correspondent of the Bentley University Her Campus Chapter.