Whether you are a cash-strapped student or just looking to increase your environmentally friendly living habits, here are ten tips for you to start practicing today.
1. Using scrap paper
Print rough copies of documents like essays or resumes on scrap paper, and save your white paper for the good copy. You will be surprised how much paper you save by using both sides.
2. Cooking more
Embrace your inner chef! This will save you lots of money in the long run and it never hurts to learn a few new skills in the kitchen.
3. Going Vintage
Vintage is inexpensive and unique. You can buy vintage clothing at outlets like Goodwill or Value Village at a fraction of the cost of most clothing retailers and seriously help the environment in the process. For more information on the ecological footprint of the garment industry, see this TRUE STITCHES blog post.
4. Air drying your clothes
Cuts down on your bills and stops you from accidentally shrinking your favourite clothes.
5. Splitting your textbooks
Sharing a textbook with a classmate cuts your costs in half and also consumes less paper and ink.
Stores like Trade Secrets offer amazing discounts on beauty appliances with trade-in programs. Your used beauty electronics then get donated to women’s shelters. For more information, check out http://tradesecrets.ca/Specials.
7. Cutting down on plastics
Buy reusable glass containers for storing food and kick your plastic habits! These items last longer then Tupperware or regular containers.
8. Turning off your lights
Save money on electricity with the flick of a switch.
9. Meat free Monday
Going meat free one day of the week cuts down on your greenhouse gas emissions and saves you money on groceries. For the inside scoop, see this article http://goop.com/newsletter/68/en/.
10. Using public transportation
Take the bus and skip paying for gas, car insurance and parking.