Choosing to live sustainably isn’t as difficult as everyone makes it out to be. College students tend to think it’s out of reach, but really this way of life is simple and cost-saving for any broke millennial.
Most students lack the resources and money it takes to be completely green, but that isn’t the point. The point is that everyone can take small steps to make a positive environmental impact.
One thing leads to another, the hardest part is simply getting started. With the environmental crisis completely in view, the best time to start making a difference is now.
A good place to start is to become conscious of the amount of plastic we use every day. A good place to start is to keep tabs on what you purchase, then look at what you can cut out or get in a different, less wasteful, way.
An easy way to reduce the amount of waste you release on this planet is to stop using single-use plastic products. Stop, or at least become more aware of your use of, using plastic cutlery, grocery bags, straws, coffee cups, water bottles, etc..
Most cafes give discounts to people who bring their own reusable mugs. Reusable straws and cutlery are easy to carry with you all the time. Also think about skipping the plastic completely by switching to soap and shampoo bars.
Think of all the money wasted on plastic water bottles which are around $2 a piece and if you buy one every day of the week, that’s $14 you could save if you had a reusable bottle instead. In a week, you could have your reusable bottle paid off.
“Plastic drinking bottles contain many harmful chemicals, some of which interfere with hormones in the body,” Livestrong states on their website, explaining why everyone should choose to drink from reusable bottles.
Not only is this lifestyle better for the environment, but it’s also better for you. Plastic contains harmful chemicals, so when you wrap your food or drinks in it, you’re harming yourself. The chemicals used to create plastic products contaminates what you are preserving, which in turn releases toxins into your body.
“People are exposed to these chemicals not only during manufacturing, but also by using plastic packages, because some chemicals migrate from the plastic packaging to the foods they contain,” according to Ecology Center.
Every year somewhere between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastic pollutes the ocean, according to Science. Humans should not be putting any plastic in the ocean, let alone millions of tons of it.
It shouldn’t be so difficult to take care of Earth, but since the invention of plastic, people have been amazed by the convenience without paying attention to the damage it is doing.
By being conscious of our purchases and reducing the amount of single-use plastic we purchase, we won’t save the world completely, but it will make a change. Everyone needs to take measures to help save our planet, each little step you take will contribute in some way. So go purchase a reusable grocery bag and produce bags, or cut out plastic completely. The world won’t start changing until we do.