Sustainability Tips For College Students

Being a college student can be difficult when it comes to maintaining a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. So here are some easy ways to be more conscious when living on a college campus.

 

Have plants in your room

Adding some greenery in your room can make your space feel more alive. Plants also have some great benefits such as purifying the air and creating a calming environment. Especially if you live in a city setting, plants can make all the difference.

 

 Energy saving computer settings

Look into your computer settings to see what you can change to save energy. This can mean making sure your screen turns black when you are not active on it or changing your settings to have your computer sleep after 10 minutes. Any little changes can make a difference and save power.

 

Green school supplies

Think about investing in some green school supplies. Target always has a wide range of recycled notebooks and other eco-friendly options. Also, make sure to recycle any paper at the end of the semester and do not just throw away used notebooks. 

 

Online flashcards

Instead of wasting countless paper flashcards when studying for exams, use digital flashcards. Sites like Quizlet are easy ways to run through terms before a test without wasting paper.

 

Reusable cups

One of the things that all college students should invest in is a reusable coffee cup, water bottle and even straw. When you go to your local coffee shop, bring a reusable cup instead. Most places will give you a small discount. 

 

Use public transportation

Opt for buses, the subway, biking, etc. instead of a car when you are going off campus. But, if you do need to use a ridesharing service opt for carpool options instead.

 

Transition to chemical-free

When buying beauty or cleaning products for your dorm room, switch to chemical free products. These are going to better for the environment and also yourself. Some simple switches to make are dish soap, detergent, and deodorant.