By Chloe Trofatter
For the past few months I’ve become increasingly aware of the major environmental problems our world is facing: The large debate on whether global warming is real (sorry to burst your bubble, but yes, it very much is), the large amount of garbage and plastics in our oceans, and the incredible impact this all has on our ecosystems. Because of this, I’ve been interested in learning how to be kinder to our Earth and how to live more sustainably. I looked over multiple articles and compiled a list of the top ways to start living more sustainably in college.
- Shop Smart. Shopping smart can be implemented in a number of different ways. When shopping, encourage yourself to shop locally. This gives you a chance to support local businesses and saves materials that would otherwise go towards shipping from online shopping. Also, try stopping at your local thrift stores when looking for clothes or furniture. This will not only save you some cash but also give clothing another life.
- Go the paperless route. Even though paper is better for the environment than plastic, it’s still not ideal. When going to the store use cloth, reusable bags; buy reusable cups, plates, and silverware for your dorm room; get a travel coffee mug; only print off homework or papers when you truly need to. These ideas will save both the Earth trees and you money.
- Recycle. I know, if you’ve heard this once, you’ve heard it a million times. But it’s true! Here at Michigan State, the students and staff are given so many opportunities to recycle and they’re still ignored. There are clearly labeled recycling bins all over campus, use them! Also, if you have clothes or furniture that are in good condition and you want to be rid of, donate them. There are even some places that pay you a portion of the sales from the things you donate.
- Unplug. Make sure your lights are off and appliances are unplugged when leaving your room. This can be made easy by using power strips with on and off switches on them.
- Only take what you need. Only taking the amount of food you know you’ll eat in the dining hall will reduce the amount of food waste that contributes to carbon emissions. The great thing about the dining hall is that you can always go back for more!