Written by Kristen Randall
- Used furniture and appliances – Don’t buy a completely new fridge and microwave if you can avoid it. Use a friend or sibling’s old one, or buy a used one online.
- Buy organic bedding- Normal cotton is grown in nasty pesticides and other materials are made with neurotoxins.
- Reuse old materials to make your own décor.
- Get some plants! They look pretty and will help remove toxins and purify the air.
- Reuse old notebooks – Don’t just throw away the half-used notebooks from last semester, use up the entire thing! Or better yet, just take notes on your laptop.
- Buy organic cleaning products.
- Use a surge protector – They can help save energy.
- Get your furniture locally – If you’re out of state, it’s more earth-friendly to buy your futon near the school rather than having it shipped.
- Decorate with paper materials – There are plenty of options that can be recycled once you’re tired of them.
- Cut down on unnecessary items – when packing to come back next semester, plan as if you’re going camping. It helps you realize what you truly need and what you can get by just fine without.
- Carry around your own reusable water bottle or coffee mug.
- Buy used textbooks or share with a friend.