I'm back again this week with some more eco tips. Whether dorm bound or moving out to your own place this fall, here are some things to consider this fall! Love IU, and love the Earth, too!
Tip 1: After move-in, recycle your boxes!
Flatten them and recycle at a place that accepts corrugated cardboard or bring them home to reuse for move out or move in next year.
*One place I know for sure where you can recycle cardboard is behind Gresham dining hall in Northwest neighborhood near the Foster quadrangle.
Tip 2: Purchase energy-saver bulbs for your lamps.
Tip 3: Make sure your power strips are energy efficient.
Tip 4: Buy locally.
Check out the Bloomington Farmer's Market (they even have a winter one!), local gardens, farms, and orchards, and Bloomingfoods, or grow your own veggies such as tomatoes or squash.
Tip 5: Use the AC when needed during the day, but opt for Mother Nature's coolant by opening windows at night and giving that AC a rest.
Tip 6: Wash laundry only when you have enough dirty clothes to constitute a good sized wash load.
If you wash more at once, you'll have to wash less frequently, anyways!
Tip 7: Look for plant-based, biodegradable cleaning prodcuts without harsh chemicals.
Also check out greener shampoo, conditioner, and other beauty items.
There are plenty of items available that are eco-friendlier and made for those of us just stepping into the realm of green beauty products.
*The new Garnier Fructis Pure Clean shampoo and conditioner are 92% biodegradable and very inexpensive-- plus they still smell amazing.
Burt's Bees also has a line of beauty products called Güd that are paraben-free and not tested on animals.
Tip 8: Pick one day a week not to blowdry/straighten/curl your hair -- it saves electricity and lets you sleep in a little longer.
Tip 9: Ask RAs if you can put out your old newspapers/magazines in the dorm lounges for others to enjoy and eventually recycle.
Tip 10: Go out to eat instead of ordering in -- it saves the takeout containers and gets rid of the delivery fee.
That's all for now,