3 Simple Tips for a Zero Waste College Lifestyle

From finding the perfect, solid shampoo to moisturize my ungodly tangled hair, to awkwardly asking a store cashier not to put my items in their plastic bags, making an effort to minimize my ecological footprint has had its high points and low points. But like anything new, making the switch becomes easier day by day. All you need are some swaps for your everyday routines; therefore, I’ve compiled a list of tricks to help minimize your waste and help save the planet, one reusable napkin at a time!


1. Shop Secondhand

By buying from secondhand stores, you are putting your money in support of preventing clothes from ending up in the landfill. Thrifting is also a great way to find affordable clothes you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Some options near Mount Holyoke College that I’d recommend include Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Cinderelli’s. Take a friend with you and make it a fun day trip, looking through the racks like pirates looking for buried treasure! Who knows what you might find?


2. Use a Safety Razor

Did you know that every year Americans throw away 2 billion razors? When you throw out disposable razors, they cannot be recycled. They end up in landfills and stay in the environment for hundreds of years. I would recommend safety razors instead. Safety razors are made of stainless steel, making them totally recyclable! In addition, they last for extended periods of time. I found this razor at Target for only $13!


3. Keep a small towel in your bag

Need to wipe your mouth after eating a delicious burrito? Use your towel. Need to blot your face? Use your towel. Need to kill a bug? Use your towel. Need to wipe your desk? Use your towel. Need I say more? Keeping a small towel around with you saves a paper napkin from ending up in the landfill. So awesome!


At some point in your crusade to a zero waste lifestyle, you may ask yourself if your efforts are making any difference. Change starts with one person standing up for what they believe in. As consumers, what we buy influences what is made. So it’s important to be self-aware of what we’re consuming and to limit the amount waste we produce.

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