With multiple sources of information nowadays, such as social media, blogs, internet forums, and television, you are now probably aware of the need to take care of the environment for the next generations to come. Generation X and millennials would like to call it going green, and despite the things you’ve heard about it, you find it challenging to live it because of your busy college life.
However, living an eco-friendly lifestyle is not as hard as it sounds. All it takes is a little time, effort, and commitment to an eco-friendly lifestyle. And the good news is, you can also reduce your spending while you’re at it.
Here are some green ideas for students which you can do right now.
- Promote walking or biking. When going from the dorm to your college buildings, you can leave early, so you have enough time to walk or bike instead of commuting or driving. Such activity also keeps you fit, saves you some cash on gas, and you’re also doing the environment a favor by not emitting carbon dioxide as well.
- Support eco-friendly products. Take some time to scan the labels of products you usually buy. It could be clothes, bathroom essentials, cleaning products, organic meals, or school items. With eco-friendly products, you can be assured that the items were manufactured following responsible and environment-friendly procedures. You can look for details on the labels, which state that no animals were harmed or tested for the product. Also, look for subtext on their labels that indicates that organic and natural ingredients were used to produce the goods.
- Buy only what is needed. It is easy to give in to the temptation of buying unnecessary things only for them to end up in storage boxes later. A green lifestyle involves the awareness that unwanted items typically end up as junk. Being an eco-friendly person, you don’t want to contribute to the growth of garbage in landfills. What you can also do is borrow or rent some items instead of buying them. You can rent books, DVDs, video games, and even a bicycle. Also, instead of buying movie titles or music CDs, you can choose to stream content with the same quality.
- Buy a refillable water container. Refilling your water container is way cheaper than buying bottled water every time. You can save some extra cash by doing such, and at the same time, you also lessen the garbage after the water is consumed. Also, according to the Water Project, it is estimated that only 1 out of 5 plastic water bottles, the PET type, get to be recycled, and the rest are discarded.
- Practice recycling and proper junk management. Free some space in your dorm by decluttering and segregating your junk items properly. You don’t have to do the recycling yourself, but properly arranging your garbage items is a big help once the junk removal business hauls them to their yard.
These are easy to follow steps that you can start to apply immediately to achieve an eco-friendly lifestyle. Save some money in the process, and at the same time, the environment will be thankful for your decision. The best time to make this a habit is while you’re a college student.