When some people talk about college students, they envision young men and women wearing jeans and a t-shirt, with a book in one hand and a team pennant in the other. They probably imagine college students are concerned with nothing more than whether or not they’ll pass the next test. But quite a few college kids are concerned with the environment. Some are actively involved in living a ‘green’ lifestyle. If you’re one of them, you may be interested in these green living tips for college students.
Ride a Bike
One of the best ways to help the environment is to cut down on exhaust from gas or diesel powered vehicles. Riding a bike on campus instead of driving a car will help accomplish that purpose. It’s something nearly anyone can do, doesn’t cost a lot to get started, and can actually help you stay healthy in the process. A bicycle is faster than walking so you won’t have to start out for your next class as early. It would be a good idea to wear a helmet and to carry a bicycle chain so you can stay safe while riding and be reasonably sure the bike will be there after class. Bicycles are also relatively small so storing them shouldn’t be hard to do, and they’re lightweight so walking or carrying them up and down stairs won’t wear you out.
Buy Used Books
Instead of buying brand new textbooks for each class, many students buy used books. Recycling the books not only helps save the environment, it also saves money. Another way to help save trees is to share textbooks with other students who live nearby and have the same classes. This will also provide you with a study partner, which may help you learn better and faster.
Another way to help save the forests from being cut down in order to make paper is to recycle the paper you now use. When you’re taking notes, use both sides of the paper. You can also use recycled paper for doing homework assignments. Whether you use a computer and printer, or write out your assignment longhand, recycled paper will help save the environment.
Collect Paper for Recycling
Colleges and universities go through tons of paper each year. Even if the majority of students use recycled paper, at the end of the year there’s a lot of paper that has to be disposed of. You can begin collecting used paper, or start a drive to collect the paper, and take it to a recycling plant. You may even be able to make a few dollars in the process.
Set Up Recycling Bins
In your dorm room or apartment, you can take steps to live green by separating items for recycling. Set up a bin for recyclable plastic bottles and another for paper. They don’t have to be anything fancy–a tub or paper sack will suffice. Whenever you finish with a bottle of soda or a notebook, simply drop into the recycle bin. When the bins get full, take them to a recycling center.
You can also recycle other items to help save the environment. Buying your furniture or other household items from a second-hand store or at a garage sale will help keep those products in use and delay their taking up space in a landfill. If the items need a little repair to keep them useable, you can always barter with a ‘handyman.’ Maybe one of your classmates isn’t doing so well in a certain subject that you’re proficient in. You can offer to tutor them in return for repairing your used furniture.
Guest post from Pat Singer.