Making a Sustainable Impact Everyday


If you are looking for a simple way to have a positive impact on your campus: this is the way to do it. You can make small changes in your life that will have a great impact on your life, your community, and the world. A few of these small changes are separating trash and recycling, stop using single-use plastics, and walk to class whenever possible.

Separating Trash and Recycling

Every piece of garbage goes somewhere, therefore, we must take responsibility for recycling plastics, paper, aluminum, and many other recyclable materials. When determining exactly how to recycle, there are many things to take into consideration. The first being that recycling “rules” can change from one municipality to another. According to The Smithsonian, a few important things to know about separating your trash and recycling are that Styrofoam can’t be recycled, shredded paper is recyclable, however, larger pieces of paper is easier to repurpose, and you cannot recycle plastics or cardboard that have food particles on them (Smithsonian). For example, a pizza box is not recyclable, and a carton of milk should be rinsed out before placing it in a recycling bin.

Stop Using Single-Use Plastics

You may be asking yourself, what are single-use plastics? Single-use plastics are plastic materials that are not reusable. A few examples of these are plastic water bottles, plastic bags, and plastic straws. The Biological Diversity Organization says, plastic bags start out as fossil fuels and end up as deadly waste in landfills and the ocean. It can be a simple switch to stop using these single-use products. A few ways to easily stop using them are purchase a refillable water bottle that you carry with you in your backpack, use Tupperware to transport foods with you, and invest in a few reusable grocery bags. All of these are ways that would be easy fixes for you and would be a huge step in improving the environment of our world.

Walk to Class

There are many reasons walking to class is better for college students than driving and it is better for the environment. By walking to class, you are saving money on purchasing gas, paying for a parking permit, meter, or even a parking ticket. Walking to class is also healthier for you and can provide you with a healthy amount of daily exercise. According to The Guardian, 1 in 5 people admit to drive a short journey that they would be able to walk. By walking, you could be helping yourself and the environment by saving money and saving on the fossil fuels that your car burns into the air.


All of these are simple ways that anyone could be more environmentally conscious and make a positive social impact for their community and the world.

·      How will you start to be more environmentally conscious?

·      In what ways can you encourage your friends to do some of the simple things you do to improve the environment?

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