Happy Earth Day! In honor of Earth Day this year, we have put together a list of 5 ways to be eco-friendly in college. There are plenty of ways to take care of the environment and do our part in keeping it clean and safe!

Turn off the lights when you leave a room. It seems so simple, but many of us forget to do it! It can make a big difference in energy usage and your electric bill! Less energy usage = less waste.

Walk, bike, or take a bus. Cars emit a lot of gasses that are polluting our air. As much as possible, try to take another form of transportation or just walk! Walking and biking are super convenient for getting around college towns and campuses. Many cities offer a public transportation system that saves on gas money and decreases the amount of cars on the street!

Use a reusable water bottle. Did you know that the average time it takes a plastic water bottle to completely degrade is 450 years? Plastic is not good for the environment, and having a plastic water bottle at almost every meal creates so much waste that will stick around for centuries. Switching to a reusable water bottle is very easy, saves money, and is better for the earth! Plus, there are thousands of designs to suit everyone’s style.

Along the same lines, use a reusable bag when shopping. 100 million plastic bags used by retail and grocery stores in America every year. They are made using nonrenewable resources, and are not decomposing in landfill sites. Making the switch to a reusable bag or opting for brown bags at the grocery store is simple and can have a great impact on the environment!

Be smart with water usage. You have probably heard the stats on water before: only 3% of the Earth’s water is freshwater, and only 0.5% is good for drinking. With the growing population, we need to be conserving this water! You can do this easily in college by simply turning off the water when brushing your teeth or washing your face, and cutting down your shower time by just 5 minutes. This is an easy sacrifice and can save hundreds of gallons of water per year!

These are just a few ways to be eco-friendly in your college years (and beyond). There are many more ways we can do what’s best for the environment and protect the Earth we live on! Happy Earth Day, and think green!

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