Tips for green student life
We've put together a few tips to help students live in a way that is not only eco-friendly, but also economical for them. Small everyday actions and choices really do make a difference.
Organize your waste so that you have separate bags and boxes for it.
When you make recycling easy, it will take care of itself, and you won't want to throw everything away in one container. Organize your bin so that you have separate boxes and bags for mixed and organic waste, glass, metal, plastic, cardboard and paper.
Of course, not all student accommodation has a large container for several different bins, but you won't need one. Use your imagination and put smaller paper bags in the cupboard, put metal and glass in the same bag and sort your waste more carefully into the bins. If you rinse your waste and take it out often, putting it in the same bag won't hurt. Use small bread bags as a bin liner and put other cardboard waste in an empty milk carton. So you definitely don't need a separate garbage bag. And to find eco-friendly products, visit this website: https://mindseteco.co/eco-lifestyle/
Prepare as much food as you need or think you'll eat in the next few days, and stash the rest in the freezer.
The old money-saving tip for students is also an eco-friendly one. But don't prepare too much food if you have a small fridge and don't have time to eat it all. It's silly to throw food away just because you haven't planned how much you're going to eat. If you have a freezer at home, freeze food for rainy days.
Recycle and recycle.
Pick up used furniture for your home. Recycling centers and online flea markets can offer amazing deals, whether you want to furnish your student accommodation with Ikea novelties or rustic vintage furniture. You can also recycle your own old furniture and belongings.
The same goes for clothes: buy second-hand and recycle your own. Be innovative when recycling clothes. Student communities, groups of friends, or even hobby groups can organize joint recycling events and evenings. You don't even have to pay for your clothes - you can swap them for new ones.
Some clothes shops will collect your clothes and recycle them for you. You can also donate clothes to charities.
There are hundreds of recycling groups on Facebook where you can recycle in your neighborhood, locally or nationally. There you can find real gems for small money, and sometimes even for free. If you have an item or item of clothing that you desperately need, it's worth putting a call-out on social media in case someone has it.
Distribute your textbooks, too, and don't throw them away when you're finished. If a book has already been taken off the syllabus, recycle it properly.
You don't always have to have everything. Borrow clothes from friends, so you don't have to buy new ones just in case. If you're throwing a party at home, borrow the cutlery. Borrow the curtains your friend doesn't want to hang on the windows right now. Of course, you can also borrow clothes and things for different occasions.
Look for eco-friendly products and packaging.
Many products can be purchased in eco-friendlier packaging. Check out eco-friendly beauty and cleaning products that you can purchase at health food stores, for example. There is a lot of information on the internet about organic products, and often these products can be cheaper in the long run. Did you know, for example, that you can buy a new piece of dish brush and not have to buy a whole brush and handle when the old one loses its effectiveness?
You can turn torn jeans into a money bag or a pillowcase. Use torn textiles to make gift bags and an old paper bag for a greeting card or wrapping paper. Recycled items can also be used in a modern way, so delete the turtles made from egg cartons in the nursery (even though they're cute). There are hundreds of tutorials on YouTube, so look there for inspiration.
Other tips for greener student life:
- Travel short distances by bike and use public transportation.
- Consider buying textbooks online.
- Save money and protect the environment by buying discounted items from grocery stores with expiration dates approaching. But don't buy anything you don't have time to prepare before it expires.
- Since student life requires coffee and tea, buy your own thermos, so you don't have to buy new cardboard cups and plastic caps.