Tips to Protect the Environment as a Student

Students are always learning how to make an impact in the community.

There are workshops and societies pertaining to different social problems, and these spaces teach students how to change these problems. One popular topic in recent years is saving the environment and maintaining our resources.

There is indeed a plethora of things that you – yes, you – can do to better preserve this place that we call home.

Make Use of Reusable Bags

Plastic shopping bags that are tossed out wind up in landfill sites or in other areas of the environment. They can strangle animals that are trapped in them, or they may be mistaken for food. Also, it takes a while for your bags to disintegrate. If you’re buying food, apparel or books, use a reusable bag. This cuts off the waste and stops the animals from getting hold of it.

These bags are also good for items other than groceries. People use reusable bags while they’re going places! If you forget about your bags at home, buy a different one. Better still, carry a couple of bags in your vehicle so you’ll never leave the house without them (just ensure you remember that you put them in there)!

Recycle

Recycling is a very easy thing to do, but so many individuals don’t do it. Many waste disposal services provide recycling services, so consult with your business to see if they can help you get started! It’s as good as buying a bin and throwing it out with your waste bins for free!

Also, consult with your RA to see if there are recycling opportunities available in your dorm.

Avoid Driving Cars and Carpool if Necessary

The car is detrimental to the planet. Taking transport systems, walking or cycling to the college are safer choices that benefit the environment and your spending, as well as having some aerobic workouts!

If you’re using your vehicle, match the schedules and places of residence with those in your class. You can split the cost of petrol and provide alternate plans on who drives when. This can help with personal carbon offsetting.

Save Electricity

Utilize energy saving light bulbs instead of standard light bulbs. They last more, which will end up saving you some money (any little bit helps with your student budget, right?). Switch off the lights, Television, and other devices when you’re not using them. Reduce your air conditioning or heat when it’s not essential. This is particularly true between seasons.

Only Print the Essentials

We’ve all had the professor who required us to have a print of every single reading before we go to class, or the teacher who wanted a printed version of the ten-page essay that’s due this week. They’re great, but it seems as though they don’t realize that using too much paper is harmful to the environment.

These are some of the little things you can do which will go a long way. Every little thing we do can help our planet.

 

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