While you’re in school there are so many things on your mind, and life can get super busy. But there are little ways you can help the earth by just changing a few of your habits, so you can be a sustainable student.
Reusable Cups and Straws
Whether you are sitting in a lecture hall for class, or logging into class at the end of a long workday, every student knows that caffeine can be a lifesaver. Plastic straws and cups may seem like just a small part of your daily life, but they play a huge role in the global plastic pollution issue. Only 9% of plastics end up being recycled, the rest end up in landfills, where they take up to 1000 years to decompose, or it ends up in the ocean. Many cities and companies have already began banning plastic straws, but you can help too! By using a reusable straw and cup when you are drinking your morning coffee, or just filling it with water instead of using plastic water bottles. And the best thing is most coffee shops give you a discount for bringing your own cup for them to fill! Talk about a win-win.
Taking Electronic Notes
With all the technological advances, taking notes electronically is easier than ever. Eventually most school notes end-up in the landfill or even worse, in the trash. Save the paper and other materials by taking notes on your laptop, or tablet. Need notecards to study? Use Quizlet. You can even download their app so your notecards are right on your phone, so you can take studying on the go!
Unplug Your Electronics
When you’re not using electronics, they are still taking up lots of energy. So once you’re done with something just unplug it. You can also plug your electronics in a surge protector and just flip the switch off right before you leave! The earth and your electric bill will thank you!
Reusable Shopping Bags
Keeping Reusable grocery or shopping bags in your car is such an easy task that makes all the difference. Think about how many bags of groceries you end up putting in single use paper or plastic bags for every shopping trip. Those end up adding up and cause lots of unnecessary waste. If the bags are already in your car or even in your purse, then you will always be prepared!
What’s a better study break then a trip to your local farmer’s market? Purchasing local and organic meat and produce not only keeps money in the local economy, but helps support sustainable food practices. Farmers at your local farmer’s market usually only have to travel 50 miles or so, compared to grocery store products that travel and average of 1,000 miles. Plus, many of the products are pesticide and chemical free.
Use Electronics Wisely
Laptop computers use up to 80% less energy than desktop computers, so always opt to use your laptop rather than a desktop if you can. Most laptops also have a power saving mode that automatically lower your screen brightness and make sure apps that are not wasting unnecessary energy. Your phone most likely also has this feature, so always turn that feature on. Plus, it will make your battery last way longer, so no need to carry around bulky chargers.
Adding sustainable practices into your daily life doesn’t have to be difficult. Just follow these simple tips and you will be helping our planet! Want to learn even more about sustainability? Check out our completely online sustainability certificate program.