Hey guys for today’s post, I’ll be talking about twenty different things that we as students can do or change in our lives to reduce the amount of waste that we’re producing.
Number one if it’s possible in your class take notes digitally whether that be typing them on your laptop or writing them on a tablet or, why not, on a phone.
DIGITAL FLASH CARDS
Number two make digital flashcards on a quizlet or any other app instead of making physical flash car.
Number three instead of buying lunch from the cafeteria which often comes with a lot of single-use serving dishes and utensils, pack your own lunch in a reusable container.
REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
Number four is to use a reusable water bottle instead of plastic water bottles. You can find some cheap ones off Amazon, Wish or Joom.
Number five bring your own reusable lunch utensils instead of using the single-use plastic ones.
Number six is to check out books from the library instead of buying a new one or to look up for books in the digital format. (eg. EPUB for iPhones)
RESELL OF REGIFT BOOKS
Number seven if you’re done using a book whether that be a textbook for class or a book either resell it online or just give it to someone else who you know could really use it.
DON’T PERMANENTLY MARK BOOKS
Number eight if you buy a book and you need to take notes on it with a pen or you need to highlight some sentences, use instead a pencil or erasable supplies so that they can be erased and reused by someone else.
Number nine if you absolutely have to keep the book than buy a used book instead of a new one. You can buy used books locally or from a website like Amazon.
Number ten when you’re getting to and from school try to bike, walk, take public transport or carpool whenever it’s possible.
Number eleven use a whiteboard to do practice work that you won’t go back to and refer to, this way you don’t have to use a sheet of paper for something that you’re never actually going to go back and read.
REUSE OLD PRINTED SHEETS
Number twelve use every old printed sheet of paper as scratch paper to brainstorm or doodle or to do whatever you like.
Number thirteen for items that go through a lot of wear and tear like your backpack or laptop invest in something durable and high quality up front besides saving resources you also save money since although it’s a larger upfront cost, in the long run, it will cost less because you won’t have to keep re-buying crap items.
PRINT DOUBLE SIDED
Number fourteen if you’re printing out an essay or some other paperwork print it out double sided so that you’re using fewer sheets.
GOOGLE DOCS FOR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS
Number fifteen instead of printing out an essay and writing on it to provide comments and revisions use suggestions and comments featured on Google Docs.
REFILLABLE NOT DISPOSABLE
Number sixteen, when you’re buying supplies like pens or markers, try to choose those that are refillable and have interchangeable tips or other parts rather than items that are completely meant to be disposed of.
Number seventeen to prevent wastefulness when you’re getting rid of the papers that you have used recycle them instead of just throwing them away.
Number eighteen, when you’re buying school supplies, try to buy the supplies that are made with recycled materials.
Number nineteen if you’re finished with the class and you have notes that you’re no longer going to use instead of recycling them or throwing them away you can consider giving them to other people whether that be someone else who you know is going to take the class or selling them online.
DECLUTTER AND DONATE
And finally, number twenty is to de-clutter and donate the items that you don’t use like books, clothes and pretty much anything else you have.
I hope you found it helpful and be sure to leave other tips in the comments See you next time.
“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere”Annie Leonard