After rushing to class while juggling your daily iced vanilla oat milk latte and four philosophy textbooks, you realize how overflown the trash cans look on campus. In fact, it’s not just the trash cans that are overflowing, but there are even little stray pieces of trash trying to squash the beautiful vibe your campus scenery has to offer. Meanwhile, those green recycling bins are starting to look starved. So while sleep walking to that dreaded 8am, you take a stand by opting for a slight detour to chuck that precious, empty iced latte cup into the recycling bin.
This is just one way that your average sleep-deprived student can go about making a positive impact in her environment. But let’s be honest here: you and I both know that you’re way more fabulous than the average Joe Shmoe. As we jump into the back to school season (whether it’s on Zoom or in real life), we can try out new and fun ways to up our sustainability game as a student!
One great way to practice sustainability as a student is to ditch those heavy, beat-up textbooks for a paper free option––such as an iPad for note taking. This is not only a huge win for Mother Earth, but also for you because by keeping your notes stored on an iPad or other note-taking device, you can organize them into different sections more easily, use fun illustrations and colors to bring them to life, and you will never have to worry about losing them. Plus, your back with thank you for relieving it from the stress of that heavy backpack.
While switching to a paper-free note-taking device is a great option for our beautiful planet, it can really be a buzzkill for the wallet. Luckily, there’s more than just one way to be sustainable as a student. How do you get to class? If you are a college student living on campus, you have the perfect opportunity to help reduce carbon emissions by grabbing a good friend and walking to class instead of taking the tram. Still in high school or middle school? Chances are you probably live in the same neighborhood as a lot of other people who go to your school, so try setting up a fun carpool with you and your neighbors to get to school. This also helps reduce air pollution.
Ever heard of Meatless Mondays? This is a great way to practice sustainability and mindful consumption. As you make your way to the dining hall to join your friends for some dinner, be bold and challenge them to participate in Meatless Mondays with you. Instead of going for that crispy grilled chicken you had last night, grab a plate of colorful veggies and some yummy tofu instead. Switching up what you are eating is good for your body and by choosing not to consume meat one day of the week, the planet will thank you too. Of course, it’s important to note that our bodies are made to be beautifully unique, so always consult your doctor before making a change to your diet in order to make sure it sits well with your body.
Some other quick tips for practicing sustainability as a student include bringing a reusable water bottle to class, bringing your own reusable tupperware to dining areas, engaging in outdoor activities, and advocating for ways your school can become a more sustainable place.
Rock with it,
Viv For Your V
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