Every year when Earth Day rolls around, we’re reminded just how important taking care of our Earth is. Each person has the power to make a difference—and all it takes is a few minor changes in your daily routine. Take a look at some of the simple ways we suggest going green on campus!
Walk or bike to class.
There’s quite a few perks here that might just convince you it’s totally worth ditching your car. Besides it being good for the environment, you’re also saving some cash on gas and getting in some healthy physical activity. If your class is too far to bike to, try carpooling instead. It still helps!
Use a reusable water bottle.
Instead of going through mountains of plastic water bottles, make the swap to a reusable bottle. They’ll likely keep your water a lot colder than those flimsy plastic bottles, anyway.
Easy enough, right? We’ve basically been taught all about recycling ever since we stepped foot inside a school building as children. Now how about putting those lessons to work?
Unplug when you’re done.
Your electronics are still using energy when they’re plugged in, even if they’re not turned on. Make sure to pull the plug on things like chargers and hair tools after you’re through with them!
Take digital notes.
It’s so easy to go through sheet after sheet of paper when you’re taking notes in a long lecture. Instead, save some trees and opt to take your notes digitally—such as on a laptop or iPad.
Shorten your showers.
We know—the shower is the best place to do all of your deep thinking. But if you can cut down on some of those minutes you spend showering, you can save a serious amount of water. Give it a shot!
Ditch paper and plastic utensils.
There’s definitely a convenience aspect when it comes to using paper plates and plastic utensils—it’s so much easier than doing dishes, right? But all that aside, the amount of waste these products create is tremendous. Cut back and stick to those dishwasher-friendly utensils instead.
Join an environmentally-friendly organization.
If helping the environment is a cause you’re really into, why not spend some more time getting involved with it? College campuses all over offer different types of organizations that are dedicated to being eco-friendly. Browse your school’s club and organization directory and find the best fit for you!
Can you think of any easy ways to go green that we didn’t list? Share your feedback in the comments below.