Easy Ways to be Sustainable

Here are some small things you can do live a more sustainable life:

Graphics by Grace Celik

- Take notes electronically

- Calculate your Carbon Footprint

- Use a reusable K-Cup Pod - single use pods create a lot of waste

- Adopt reusable bag practices

  • Recycle plastic bags at grocery stores (like Walmart, Target, Wegmans)

- Buy less or borrow

  • Only buy things that you need!
  • Shop at second-hand stores

 

- Forget Bottled Water!

  • Reuse old water bottles or purchase a reusable one
  • Buy a water filter for home and use water filter stations on campus

- Recycle as much as possible and be weary of items that cannot be recycled

- Use a reusable mug and avoid single-use coffee cups

- Power Down - Turn off lights and electronics when not in use

 

- Use alternative transportation

  • Walk or bike
  • Carpool with friends, roommates, coworkers, etc.
  • Take public transportation

- If you drive:

  • Check your tires regularly
  • Use cruise control
  • Carpool
  • Don't weigh down your car

 

- Use energy efficient light bulbs

- Save energy

  • Set your heat a few degrees lower or your AC a few degrees higher
  • Better yet, bundle up in the winter and use fans and open your windows in the summer
  • Turn down your water heater
  • Stream movies through a smart TV, not your gaming console

- Purchase office supplies containing recycled material

-  Modify your diet

  • Decrease your consumption of meat and animal products
  • Eat lower down on the food chain as much as you can

-  Don’t purchase aerosol sprays

-  Think about your water usage - can you cut down your shower time?

-  Support better brands

  • USDA Organic, Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Natural Product Association Certification, The Leaping Bunny, NaTrue, Cradle to Cradle, NSF, etc.

 

- Support local and organic farmers

  • At grocery stores and at farmer’s markets

- Donate to food kitchens

- Understand expiration dates

  • Expiration dates refer to a product's quality, not safety
  • Sell-by date is the deadline for retailers to sell the product
  • Use-by date is when the product starts to lose its quality and flavor

 

-  Waste less food

  • Learn to love leftovers
  • Take note of what you already have before going grocery shopping
  • Buy only what you can finish
  • Freeze or preserve your food to extend its life

-  Create a compost pile