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The environmental effects of pollution, produced by waste streams, toxic chemicals and overpopulated landfills have produced erratic and unpredictable climate changes. The slaughtering of natural resources and unclean air, has negatively affected the environment. While in college, in your dorm room and away from home, you can actively help to promote an environmentally friendly environment. Read on to discover the top 3 ways to live environmentally green while maintaining an affordable college lifestyle.
1. Chemical-free Products
Use environmentally friendly cleaning supplies for the bathroom, floors, windows and kitchen (if applicable). Most over-the-counter cleaning supplies contain harsh ingredients, and many aerosol cleaning products contribute to the contamination of the air.
Make use of organic and chlorine-free disposable paper towels, tissue and napkins. These essential dorm room supplies cannot be recycled but can reduce the effects of harmful chemical emissions into your skin and the environment.
For personal care products, use products that are free of sodium lauryl sulfate. This may include bath and body products, hair products, sunscreens and more. Sodium lauryl sulfate is an irritant that may be harmful to the skin and may produce mild to severe allergic reactions. These products can negatively affect the environment when disposed of and contribute to pollution of lakes and rivers.
2. Waste Disposal
Distribute reusable plastic bottles, boxes, aluminum cans and paper to recycling bins. You may have the option of purchasing your own recycling bin or there may be a public recycling bin nearby. Many paper mills, schools, nonprofit organizations and other companies house recycling bins that are available to the public.
Recycle paper as often as possible. The reuse of paper reduces landfill space, and reduces the effects of constant eradication of trees. Recycling also reduces air pollution.
Reuse some household items, such as plastic containers, plastic bags and any other items that you discover can be used for multiple purposes. Before taking any items to recycling, be sure that you can’t find a use for it first.
3. Energy Efficiency
While in your on-campus dorm room or off- campus apartment, use natural light whenever possible. Limit your use of electricity daily. You can cut your energy costs by using appliances, such as lamps, computers, dishwashers, toasters, televisions and microwaves only when absolutely necessary. Although using electricity is an essential part of everyday life, excessive use of electricity helps to produce greenhouse gases that increase the effects of global warming.
Living an eco-friendly life is the best way to protect natural resources, reduce illnesses due to high levels of pollution, and reduce global warming effects. While being away from home and attending college, you can proactively take responsibility to protect your environment and reduce unnecessary daily waste.