Easy Ways to be Sustainable

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

1.     Take notes electronically

2.     Adopt reusable bag practices

              a.       Recycle plastic bags at grocery stores (i.e. Walmart, Target, Wegman’s)

3.     Nix Bottled Water

                   a.       Reuse old water bottle or purchase water bottles you can fill

                   b.      Buy a Brita Filter or any water filter stations on campus

4.     Recycle as much as possible but be weary of items that cannot be recycled

5.     Power Down- Turn the lights off of unoccupied rooms, power down electronics when not in use

6.     Buy Less or Borrow

                  a.       Only buy things that you need this includes food!

7.     Walk or bike more

                  a.       Even carpool with friends, roommates, coworkers, etc.

                  b.      Take public transportation

8.     Use energy efficient light bulbs

9.     Save energy

                  a.      Set your thermostats a few degrees lower or your AC a few degrees higher

                  b.      Better yet, bundle up in the winter and use fans and open your windows in the summer

                  c.       Turn down your water heater

                  d.       Stream movies through a smart TV, not your gaming console

10.  Decrease meat consumption- try veganism!

11.  Don’t purchase aerosol spays

12.  Think about your water usage- can you take a 5 minute shower?

13.  Support better brands

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

14.  Support local and organic farmers

                   a.     At grocery stores and at farmer’s markets

                   b.     Eat as low down on the food chain as often as you can 

15.  Donate to food kitchens

16.  Waste less food

                   a.     Learn to love leftovers

                   b.    Take stock of what you have

                   c.     If you buy in bulk, only buy what you can finish

                   d.     Freeze or preserve your food to extend their lives

                   e.     Doggie bag half of your food at restaurants

17.  Create a compost pile

18.  Use a smaller plate

19.  Choose ceramic or glass storage containers to opt out of plastic containers

20.  Understand expiration dates

                   a.       Expiration dates refer to a product’s quality, not safety

                    b.      Big difference between sell-by (deadline for retailers to sell the product) and use-by (that                                                                 date when the product starts to lose its quality and flavor) 

21. Calculate your Carbon Footprint

22. If you drive:

                a.     Check your tires regularly

                b.     Use cruise control

                c.      Carpool

               d.      Don't weigh down your car