THINGS STUDENTS CAN DO

Things Students Can Do

  • Stop using disposable plastic bags at the grocery store, only 3 percent of which are recycled each year. Instead, buy reusable grocery bags.
  • Turn off computer each night before bed. This could save 83 percent of its carbon emissions.
  • Unplug cell phone charger when it’s not in use, as well as other appliances around the apartment.
  • Instead of buying bottles of water, buy reusable bottle and use filtered water.
  • Refill printer ink cartridges up to four times at an office supply store.
  • Use both sides of paper and then recycle. Only 9 percent of the 8 million tons of paper used each year is recycled.
  • When you leave a room, turn off the lights.
  • Wash car/cycle using water in bucket instead of pipe
  • Try to look around and find things which come to your house unnecessarily – May be a magazine/newspaper which no one reads. Unsubscribe.
  • Insist on not using carry bag and tell your friends and family members as well.
  • Buy local food if possible. The further food travels, the more carbon is emitted.
  • Switch from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • Reduce use and throw items like razors, paper napkins, disposable cups etc.
  • Use natural lights if possible.
  • Invest in solar equipment gradually.
  • Turn the water off while brushing your teeth.
  • Buy products like eggs in biodegradable cardboard containers.
  • Print double-sided.
  • Recycle your newspaper.
  • Ride the bus as often as possible, or ride your bike or walk wherever possible.
  • Sleep early and get up early. This may save day light.
  • Use staircase instead of elevator occasionally. It keeps you fit as well.
  • Have a box for recycling in your room — paper, cans, plastic and glass.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Reuse wrapping paper, bows and ribbons.
  • Recycle your batteries. 179,000 tons of them that end up in landfills each year.
  • Swap clothes with your friends – both will have new clothes without spending.
  • Do not waste food. Cook or order judiciously.
  • Switch on the AC only when very necessary
  • Plant a tree.
  • Do not give clothes for washing unless necessary. Use more than once.
  • Give outgrown clothes and unused toys to others or sell them r
  • Don’t leave the refrigerator door open longer than you need to.
  • Give newspapers, cans, and plastic and glass containers to a recycler
  • Write to businesses who use more packaging than necessary.
  • Ask if your school could recycle paper and use recycled paper.
  • Buy cloth bags and keep in the car for shopping trips.
  • Stop buying paper towels and buy reusable kitchen cloths.
  • Make some of the things you use at home; paperweights, door stops, knick-knack baskets, pen cups etc.
  • Reuse food jars for storage; flour, sugar, salt, etc.