When you embark on a learning journey in college, other things happen as well. Your life changes, bringing in new friends, connections, experiences and freedom.
With that freedom also comes a bundle of responsibilities. You’re now in charge of your life, and part of that includes becoming responsible for your environment.
The following guide assists you to adapt to a more Eco-friendly lifestyle as a student.
1. Take Eco notes
There is a whole bundle of technologies that can let you save a ton of energy and money. Thus, it is a really good idea to start conserving energy with the help of some tech solutions.
The first most obvious thing that comes to mind are notes. We have always believed that taking them on paper is better for material comprehension and focus during a lecture or seminar. But, switching towards a green life means adapting to new things.
Moreover, a series of three experiments in a study called “The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard” reveals that both “pen” and “keyboard” groups do equally well on questions pertaining to facts that they initially noted.
Digital note-taking is faster, neater, and more accessible in the long run.
2. Reusable coffee cups and shopping bags
If you are still using disposable cups, consider switching to reusable ones. No Eco-friendly person should use them. But, hey, we are here to learn new habits and kick the old ones.
It’s easier and cheaper using a reusable cup in the long run. Moreover, you will not have any difficulty asking the restaurant or canteen staff to pour a favorite beverage for you. After all, everyone will be excited to help you and even get on this Eco path with you. More people can follow your example then.
The same applies to plastic bags mostly issued at supermarkets. Opt for reusable shopping bags and keep looking for alternatives to disposable items in your daily life.
3. Make your dorm Eco
Living in a dorm room typically means you don’t pay for water use and electricity separately. As such, you’re less incentivized to take care of the environment.
However, you can still play your part in conserving the environment. For example, turn off water when brushing your teeth, use the energy saving mode on the washing machine when doing laundry.
If you plan on living in the dorm for a while, invest in Eco-friendly appliances with an Energy-Star rating. You may also consider furnishing your room with used furniture, or keeping the furnishings to a minimum.
Living at home as a student comes with its set of challenges. However, you can still help your family become Eco-Friendlier without breaking the bank.
4. Separate trash in the bin
It sounds really banal, but the reality of Eco-friendly life is always like this. You can significantly eliminate the destructive effect of uncontrolled consumption and any other waste associated with nature, simply by separating and recycling.
But, you shouldn’t get mad with dividing waste into all possible categories 24 to 7. There are moments when you totally forget or mistakenly choose the wrong trash bin. And it is completely fine. However, wherever green awareness begins, there is a separation of waste.
Sort out your garbage and organize into recycling possibilities. In fact, daily per capita waste generation in high-income countries is projected to increase by 19 percent by 2050. This means that we are compelled to seek relevant solid waste management solutions.
In addition to recycling, there has been a growing movement in recent years to reduce or eliminate waste altogether. There are tons of websites that can tell you how this idea is put into practice.
5. Eat healthier
Lastly, let’s move on to food. Some supermarket products have the BIO, ECO or Organic mark on the label. This means that such a product has passed special certification and was manufactured in compliance with the norms of environmentally friendly production.
Sometimes, we doubt whether to put it in the shopping basket, because these products cost an arm and a leg. But on the other hand, it is closely connected with your state of health.
So, by investing in quality, organic or Eco-friendly food, you are correspondingly investing in better health for yourself.
Reduce meat consumption as much as you can. Industrial animal husbandry is not only inhumane, but also harmful for the environment. Emissions of methane into the air and excrement into water, huge costs of water and electricity, inappropriate use of large areas are the main factors that can lead to environmental degradation.
Most young students assume that living an Eco-friendly life on campus is difficult. However, as demonstrated above, you can still do your part in conserving the environment.
Consider the tips above to start living greener and reduce your impact on the environment.