If you’re anything like me, it can be overwhelming thinking about how your everyday actions affect the environment. Sometimes I feel really great about the decisions I make because I know they’re contributing to a greener world; however, this isn’t always the case. When life gets stressful in college, I have the tendency to want to prioritize convenience, regardless of the environmental impact. Living a greener life doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Here are a few examples of ways you can effortlessly live a greener life, even with a busy schedule:
- Carry a reusable water bottle. Single-use, plastic water bottles are one of the largest sources of plastic use around the planet, with only an average of 27% being recycled annually.  A simple way to combat this problem is by carrying a reusable water bottle and using water bottle filling stations around campus.
- Buy used textbooks. Purchasing required textbooks not only has an impact on your wallet but also on the climate. 14% of deforestation is attributed to the demand for paper goods such as books.  Furthermore, paper production requires substantial amounts of water, energy, and chemicals.  Just by buying used textbooks or finding the textbook online, you can make a positive difference when it comes to conservation (and you can save money while doing it!).
When life gets overwhelming, it may be hard to think about your impact on the environment. Living a greener life doesn’t have to be stressful, but implementing these four tips will effortlessly improve your environmental impact.
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