Be Environmentally-Friendly in College

In college, the last thing you are probably thinking about is how your day-to-day activities and actions are impacting the Earth. You’re stressing over when you are going to be able to find time to write your English midterm paper and whether or not your best friends are going to go to that concert this weekend. College is a busy and stressful time, but finding ways to help save the Earth is super important! With all of these things in mind, we decided to put together a few tips to help you become more environmentally-friendly while in college! 

1. Purchase a Sustain Sticker for your reusable cup
Show off your commitment to a cleaner environment by purchasing a Sustain Sticker for $1 dollar. By adding the Sustain sticker to your reusable cup you will save 10% off all future 16 ounce drip coffee orders. You are also helping to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, waterways, or our seas.

You can use it at Market Street at MacCracken, King Cafe, Dividends, Cafe Lux, Toasted Bagel, Garden Market, Bell Tower Market, and Pulley Diner.

2. Minimize your waste in the dining commons
One easy way to reduce food waste is to reduce the amount of food you put on your plate in the dining commons. Sometimes we take more than what we can actually eat, but one easy way to prevent this is to only take the amount of food we actually think we will eat. Miami Dining has portion size info in all the dining commons so you not only end up eating healthier for you, but also healthier for the environment. While we recommend taking the amount of food you will eat, you are more than welcome to take as many trips necessary back to the buffet line.

3. Use reusable flatware and cups
It can be really easy and convenient to use plastic forks, knives or spoons, but it is extremely harmful to the environment. Instead of using the plastic silverware, try and use metal or reusable silverware. 

4. Walk or bike
Instead of driving a car, try to walk or bike to your destination. If you can’t walk or bike there, try and carpool with some friends.Bicycling on Miami University Campus 

5. Avoid water-waste
While taking a shower, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, doing laundry, or anything else that involves water, be sure to not use too much! Turn off the water while you brush your teeth, try to take shorter showers, turn off the water while you aren’t washing your dishes, and try to do fewer loads of laundry! 

6. Use cloth instead of paper
When drying off your dishes or after washing your hands, try to use cloth instead of paper towels! You can reuse the cloth, but you can’t necessarily reuse the paper. 

7. Use reusable or paper bags
When buying your groceries, try to use paper. Plastic cannot be broken down once it goes to the landfill, severely harming the environment. Try and ask for paper bags, or even better, bring your own! 

8. Unplug your chargers and cords
Even when your phone isn’t plugged into the charger, energy is still being generated and used. Make sure to unplug your chargers and cords when you aren’t using them to help cut down on energy waste.

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