In honor of Earth Day today [Happy Earth Day!], now is a perfect time to start thinking about how to make our world a healthier place. As busy students, saving the planet doesn’t seem to fit into the daily agenda, but living eco-friendly at college can be a pretty stress-free process! Plus — going green can also make you healthier by helping you avoid chemicals + it can even help you save a little money!
Follow our quick tips on how to get started living green this spring!
1] GET SOME FRESH AIR + STRETCH THOSE LEGS
Get some added exercise by choosing to walk or bike to the gym + class instead of driving or taking the bus. The fresh air + the exercise will give you a little mental boost, not to mention you’ll save money on gas!
2] SHOP FOR A REUSABLE MUG
If you’re like me, coffee is a daily necessity! Buying your own reusable mug will save you a couple cents at most coffee shops, you’ll reduce the number of paper cups wasted + your coffee will stay warm longer [if it lasts that long ; )].
3] DITCH THE DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES
Those disposable plastic bottles are great for their convenience, but buying them wastes plastic + your money. Buying a great reusable water bottle might cost you a bit up front, but it’ll end up saving you money in the long run! As a bonus — water will never be far out of reach for you to accomplish your gallon challenge goals!
4] SKIP THE FLASH CARDS + BULKY NOTEBOOKS BY TAKING YOUR NOTES ELECTRONICALLY
This one may take some getting used to, but you’ll save some paper, time + money [now that’s a win-win!]. There are tons of free websites + apps that’ll keep all of your notes organized + easy to find! If you’re looking just to take note cards, try checking out Quizlet!
5] SHOP LOCAL
Grab your girls + check out your local farmers markets! Buying locally supports your own community + saves you money because your food isn’t been shipped! As an added bonus, you get to meet the people who grew your produce + learn exactly where your food is coming from.
6] CELEBRATE MEATLESS MONDAY
Eating vegetarian at least once a week may save you a couple bucks because meat usually costs a bit more to produce than veggies. The CHAARG blog is full of vegetarian friendly recipes if you need some healthy recipe inspo!
7] SWITCH FROM PLASTIC TO GLASS
While plastics are recyclable, producing them uses many chemicals, lots of energy + they can only be recycled a few times. On the other hand, glass is 100% recyclable, it doesn’t use the same harsh chemicals as plastic to make + it might even help your food last longer! Storing your food in glass containers [like our fav mason jars ; )] is an easy solution!
8] START USING REUSABLE BAGS INSTEAD OF PAPER OR PLASTIC
Switching to reusable bags prevents the waste from those disposable bags + can sometimes save you a few cents at the checkout! Keep the bags in an easy to remember place, like by your keys or in your car so that you always have them!
9] LOOK FOR GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS
Cleaning products can be packed full of harsh chemicals! When it’s time to stock up on new cleaning supplies look for green alternatives or head to your kitchen + make your own! If you’ve got lemon + olive oil + baking soda + vinegar, you’re already set!
CHAARG Chat — Do you have any *go-green* tips? Share ’em with us in the comments below!
+ Teresa [@tasandoval], OSU CHAARG