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Being Environmentally Friendly in College

Most people already know what it means to be green or environmentally friendly. But with a busy schedule and classes to worry about it can be hard to make a ton of effort in a whole lifestyle change. There are tons of small changes you can make every day that have a bigger impact than you think.

Walk, ride a bike or take public transit 
Instead of driving or taking an Uber places, try walking, taking public transit, or carpooling. Chicago has a great and convenient public transit system that makes it so much easier to avoid driving. You can even avoid parking fees and wasting time finding a place to park. The fewer cars there are on the road, the less it contributes to air pollution

Ethical shopping 
Need to a buy a whole new wardrobe for next season? Thrift shopping is your best friend. It's much cheaper than fast fashion or department stores, reduces waste, and supports local businesses. Re-wearing/repurposing your old clothing is really helpful to stay on top of trends and reduce clothing waste. Investing in reusable products like metal water bottles and reusable bags when shopping is an easy way to reduce the amount of plastic consumption and pollution.

Save paper
Taking notes electronically is a great way to save paper and a lot faster than writing by hand in a notebook. Buying e-books is another great way you can save paper and it’s also a cheaper alternative to expensive college textbooks.