Earth day may be over, but that does not mean thinking about sustainability is over. While you have green on your mind, why not finally get moving on some of those sustainable habits you’ve been saying you would pick by taking the first step. Here is a quick round up of easy first step for your consideration.
Using Reusable Bottles
Today is the day you finally get down to business and find the perfect water bottle for you, or replace your beloved water bottle you lost 6 months back. There are so many options and styles – glass, plastic, aluminum, straws or no straws, built in fruit infusers, built in water filters, and collapsable. Last year water bottle sales were at an all time high. So kick the habit and get your hands on your dream reusable bottle. You may not of known you had a dream reusable bottle but with the astonishing array of bottles available you can sure find one. For a quick overview of buying considerations check out The Clymb’s guide and for a quick spin through some of the bottles available check out Everyday Carry’s guide.
Reusable Coffee Cup
Just like reusable bottles, reusable coffee cups for consistent coffee drinkers can save a lot of trees and money! If you have a caffeine addiction, you can probably use a reusable cup, even if you always buy your fix. Many places will happily serve your coffee in a clean cup you bring with you, and many will even give you a discount. (Dining Services does, and Starbucks does) While you are greening your daily cup of jo think about upgrading to fair trade coffee or reusable coffee filters.
Dining Services has composting but you can too! Regardless of if you live in a house or an apartment you can compost. Check out this great guide for apartment composting to get started. If you have a yard, then you are in luck, there are tons of DIY composting instructions out there for you. Composting cuts down on the emissions your waste produces in the landfill and allows your waste to have a second, useful life.
Start Skipping Trays & Don’t Forget Your Silverware
While at the dining halls get in the habit of skipping the tray when you can, loading your dishes when you are done on someone else’s tray on the return belt. Another good habit to pick up is to use reusable cups and double checking you have the silverware you need before checking out.
Buy & Use Ugly Food
Just because its not the prettiest peach doesn’t mean you can’t eat it. Ugly foods are becoming hip with increasing recognition that not selling produce that may be a little cosmetically challenged can be wasteful. Check out Food&Wine’s short, but gorgeous cooking guide to ugly food or our past post which includes a quick intro on how to tell if your can eat your food past its expiration date.