The obligation of doing our part for the environment lies on the shoulders of each and every person, never mind the age or the background. In this particular post, I would like to focus on college and university students. These years could be some of the best years of one’s life, but that doesn’t mean forgetting to do one’s part in saving the earth. Here are some simple ways by which students can contribute through recycling and reusing.
Newspapers and other periodicals. Most, if not all, colleges have their own newspaper. Students normally get these papers on top of regular newspapers and magazines. In many cases, students tend to immediately throw away or recycle these materials. My suggestion? Reuse them instead! Put them in the dormitory reading room. Donate them. Before you recycle, try getting more use out of them.
Plastic bags. Many grocery stores and shops do not use plastic bags anymore. If you do go to a store which makes use of plastic bags, don’t throw them away. Instead, find good use for them. I like using used plastic bags as trash bags. It saves me on money – I don’t have to buy garbage bags as often. You can also use these plastic bags to carry around wet things.
Readings and other papers. Again, instead of immediately bringing your stacks of used paper to the recycling center, why not make the most of them? Cut them up and use the unprinted side for notepads. Use whole sheets of paper as scratch. If you’re printing drafts for yourself, then print on the other side.
Remember, try to get as much use as you can from your things. You’ll not only save money, but help the earth as well.