I am an Environmental Science major and I have been coinserned about the well being of the planet since third grade when I was first told what global warming was. I have met Lauren Singer the women who has produced less than a mason jar full of waste in the last tow years. She has a beyond amazing blog called http://www.trashisfortossers.com/ I totally recommend checking it out. After Lauren came to my school I was inspired to do better with my choices. It will not be enough to study the environment and then destroy it with my choices.
There are so many easy little things you can do that will seriously make an impact especally if you can get the people around you to do the same.
Make a list of the things you do, buy and throw away.
Which of them can you do in a way that is better.
When I looked at myself I saw that I have a lot of stuff that I do not want or need, that got me thinking how did I get this stuff I do not need. and that was an interesting because most of it was from cheap impulse buys or free stuff. On a college campus free sunglasses and water bottles, stickers, flyers, Frisbee and other random promotional things get handed to you very easily. I have decided that I very seriously will not take free things I do not need. And only buy things I will use.
Another thing is single use products, I am cutting down on my consumption of them.
The easiest places for that in my case were the plastic utensils, plastic bags and sanitary products. By purchasing a menstrual cup and keeping it in my purse I have saved a few boxes of tampons from going to a landfill. I was debating if I wanted to put that fact online but I love my menstrual cup and think everyone should know about them.
I also keep a set of reusable utensils in my bag so if I need them for food (like take out chineese or to spread cream cheese on a bagel) I have them.
I have been working on donating things that I have had for a long time and never use. I gave a huge bag of summer clothes I have outgrown to charity and there is a huge bag of clothes for the winter too. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I will be decorating my dorm with a rug, butterfly chair, and lamp that I found in the dumpsters when students moved out. There was nothing wrong with the rug or lamp (and the chair needed a few stitches to patch it up but seriously less than twenty minutes of work and it was perfect.)
Give things away rather than throw them away.
This post could have been better organized but I had a bunch of ideas fighting to be written down and so this is what I got.
If there are other simple Ideas Please comment below, I need to pick up a few more simple things now that these come so easily to me.