Green Your Dorm Room

Drink Smart

- Buy a Brita water filter to store in the fridge; this saves money on bottled water & plastic from the environment

- Purchase a reusable water bottle; fill it up from the brita or with tap water (which is clean as bottled!) to save money and the environment

- Remember, most things that you drink out of, are recyclable! Glass bottles, cans, plastic bottles, cartons, solo cups - send these items right into the recycling bin

Eat Sustainably

- Purchase reusable dishes, utensils and cups rather than wasting money on single-use paper or plastic items

Dump or rinse out your recyclables - this ensures that excess foods/liquids don't spoil a batch of recyclables

- Buy non-perishable food in bulk! This cuts your costs as well as the amount of packaging used to wrap each individual item

- Consider buying food that is organic and fair trade Learn about the benefits here

Eco-Friendly Moving

Try buying used (and often cheaper) items through sites such as FullDormEbay, or Craigslist

Use re-usable packaging when moving - for example load up a laundry basket or suitcase with clothes instead of wasting tons of trash bags.  If you do use items such as cardboard boxes - be sure to break them down and recycle after

- When considering TVs, buy one that is Energy Star certified. These TVs save energy without compromising television quality

- Buy a smart power strip to reduce vampire power

Use compact fluorescent light bulbs - they last 10 times longer than standard light bulbs and use a lot less energy

Last, but not least

- Always remember to turn off your lights when you leave a room.

- Take shorter showers. Tips to shorten your shower.

- Open your blinds to bring natural light in to your room instead of turning on the lights.

- Check out Tree Hugger and Apartment Therapy for more ideas!

 

 

When you clean, Green Clean!

Toxic Household Items The average American household contains between three and 25 gallons of toxic materials, and most of those are dirt-fighting household cleaners. Additionally, there is no law which requires that the producers of these products have to test the safety or list the ingredients on the label. [Source: Gaiam]

Cleaning products are bad for your health and bad for the environment!  The formaldehyde used in many household & personal cleaners can lead to respiratory issues, heart palpations and even cause skin irriations; such as eczema. Our households, on average, are 70x more toxic than the outside. [Source: The Mayo Clinic & EPA] 

Many household cleaners and laundry detergents have things in them (such as Phosphates) that get into lakes and rivers and cause heavy pollution. Fortunately there are plenty of SAFE products to use!

We recommend:

MethodItems Found in Your Home

"Our challenge is to make sure that every product we send out into the world is a little agent of environmental change, using safe and sustainable materials and manufactured responsibly." - 'Who We Are' Method Website

Seventh Generation

Seventh Generation safe and efficient household cleaning products have saved over 421,000 trees, 196,900 gallons of petroleum and counting!

Mrs. Meyers

FOR GENERATIONS we’ve had to put up with harsh chemical smells to get a good clean. Enter Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day. A collection of household products with essential oils from flowers and herbs that smell nice, but really pack a punch against daily dirt and grime. - 'What We Believe' Mrs. Meyers Website

Make Your Own - This method is also inexpensive!

You will find that many common items around the house can do just as efficient of a cleaning-job as bottles bought from a grocery store.