We all recognize the severity of climate change and the preservation of our planet, and yet, it seems impossible for individuals such as ourselves to enact notable progress. Living an eco-friendly lifestyle seems incredibly daunting to college students, who often lack sufficient funds or resources to build a sustainable lifestyle. But luckily, there are small actions we can take – even as college students – to secure a stable future for our planet. Check out the three ways you can care for the environment in my favorite place on earth, St. Bonaventure, New York.
1. Limit Plastic Use
College students are infamous for their use of plastic. As college students often change housing options each year – either from one dorm to the next, or living off-campus – they are constantly moving, packing, and purchasing new consumer goods. Additionally, plastic cups, silverware, and bags are convenient and make for a quick (and cheap!) solution in small spaces such as dorm rooms. So, instead of non-recyclable moving supplies and plastic dorm-goods, opt for reusable containers, water bottles, and cutlery. And, when furnishing living spaces each year, try to reuse housing items and furniture for as long as possible. This will save money and the planet!
2. Drive Less
Driving short distances several times per day or week can add up quickly. Fortunately, St. Bonaventure is a perfect example of a walkable campus. The campus and its surrounding areas are perfect for pedestrians. Most major shops and restaurants are within walking distance, making them accessible to students and locals alike. Furthermore, the university offers a bus for students free of charge that can take them across campus and into town. By walking and utilizing public transportation, college students can produce less carbon emissions. As an even further incentive, this eco-friendly strategy also helps individuals save money on gas.
3. Using Eco-Friendly Products
After paying for expensive textbooks and school supplies, it’s tempting to grab the cheapest products on the shelves. While being frugal is important, it is important to think about which products you use on a daily basis and explore options that are overall better for you, your wallet, and the planet. Start shopping for brands that align with sustainability – like Garnier.
As a leading beauty brand, Garnier recognizes its commitment to both consumers and the environment. In fact, by 2025, Garnier plans to have all of its plastic packaging come from 100% recycled materials. In addition to this pledge, Garnier formulas are made with 99% vegan ingredients* and are approved by Cruelty Free International, and will continue to develop products that require less water usage. Some of my favorite eco-friendly products Garnier has include the Sleek & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, the Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Original + Waterproof Makeup Remover, and the Reusable Micellar Cleansing Eco Pads, which are machine washable and a perfect alternative to wasteful makeup wipes.
The St. Bonaventure chapter of Her Campus has partnered with Garnier to host a local cleanup for Earth Day on April 15th at Mount Iraneaus! We helped with gardening projects, split wood and so much more! It was such a successful day! Can’t wait to share more on socials at @hercampus_sbu.
*footnote: no animal derived ingredients
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