In today’s world, with rapid change in the climate and global warming, caring for the environment is of utmost importance. But for a college student, it can become difficult to focus on being environmentally friendly as most of the times they have their classes, assignments, and projects to worry about. With the hectic life of the campus, being green might as well be the last thing on a student’s mind. All though, there are a few simple ways that can make a student eco-friendly without them having to make major changes in their lifestyles. The following are the top 5 ways to be eco-friendly as a student.
- Save Paper
For a student, paper has to be one of the most important things. Whether it be taking notes or completing assignments, paper has to be used everywhere. As much as paper is essential for students, unfortunately, it is not as environmentally friendly. So, to save paper, a student can start taking notes electronically instead of in a notebook. This will not just save paper but will also save time and will ensure that all your notes are in one place. Along with this, another way to save paper is to buy books strategically. Buy only those books that you need and always opt for second-hand books or borrow them from the library, or download the digital version of the textbook (if available) on your electronic devices. Buying new books should be seen as the last resort. This will help save a lot of paper.
- Buy a reusable water bottle
Plastic pollution is the worst form of pollution as plastic waste, in landfills, can take up to 1000 years to decompose while plastic bottles can take up to 450 years for the same process. With plastic waste increasing over time, it has become imperative to reduce the use of plastic. With a busy campus life, most college students prefer drinking water and throw plastic water bottles away that can create a lot of plastic waste. One solution to this problem is to buy a reusable water bottle. This will not just reduce plastic pollution but will also help you save money as you will have to buy a bottle just once and then you can refill it every time it gets empty. There are a lot of insulated reusable water bottles also available that will help maintain the temperature of the water.
- Walk, cycle, or use public transport
One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprints is to reduce the use of non-renewable energy resources. One way that college students can do this is by avoiding the use of personal vehicles as much as possible. If you have to travel to the city, try using public transport as it is comparatively an eco-friendly way of traveling. Walking and cycling will not just help you become more environmentally conscious but will also act as ways of exercising.
- Recycle and Repurpose
Most public places, especially educational institutions, have dustbins kept at convenient places. It’s important to use them every time you want to get rid of something useless to you. Hold onto your trash and find a dustbin to throw it into. Also, one can repurpose their old belonging for something new, for example, repurposing old jeans into shorts or reusing an old notebook for new notes. This will serve two purposes, one is making you environmentally conscious and the second is saving excessive cost.
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs
Students must use LED light bulbs while studying as they are not just energy-efficient but also save you money in the long run. LED bulbs are more pleasant to the eyes and more suitable for studying. Using them will give students a three-way advantage, helping them save energy, cost, and eyesight.
For a student, being eco-friendly not just reduces their carbon footprint but also helps them cut costs which can prove to be quite useful for the ones who have a tight budget. The aforementioned are the top 5 ways in which students can opt to be eco-friendly, which one should consider for doing their bit for the environment!
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