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Tips to reduce the size of your carbon footprint

  • Walk, bike, and limit your use of a car
  • As your conventional light bulbs burn out, replace them with energy efficient bulbs
  • Recycle by purchasing products in materials/packaging that can be readily recycled
  • Carry a reusable water bottle
  • Reuse gift paper
  • Use your printer wisely
  • Buy and use less
  • Buy in bulk
  • Buy concentrates rather than diluted products
  • Buy used clothing
  • When you buy one or two items at the store, carry them out in your hands; or take a reusable bag with you
  • Use refillable binders instead of notebooks
  • Wash and reuse disposables like plastic cups, plates, utensils and plastic food storage bags
  • Use washable table napkins instead of paper napkins
  • Avoid single serve containers
  • Start a garden
  • Start a compost or vermiculture to transform your household garbage (food wastes, coffee grounds, etc) into a rich earth-like material that can be added to a garden to help plants grow
  • Hold a yard sale or give-away to ReStore
  • Turn off faucet when brushing your teeth
  • Turn off lights and television when leaving a room
  • Become less reliant on your AC or heater to regulate your household temperature—open the windows, wear warmer sweaters in winter
  • Turn your heater down just two degrees cooler and turn your AC up just two degrees warmer—you’ll save energy and cut your electricity bill

List of things to recycle
Tip from Ohio Northern Environmentalists: Not all recyclables can be handled by the same companies or put in the same containers. For example, ONU Recycles does not recycle acid batteries, or most municipal recycling programs for that matter.

  • Acid batteries
  • Aluminum cans
  • Building materials
  • Cardboard
  • Chemicals
  • Electronic equipment
  • Glass
  • Lead
  • Magazines
  • Metal
  • Newspaper
  • Oil
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic bottles
  • Steel cans
  • Tires
  • White goods (appliances)
  • Wood
  • Writiing/copy paper
  • Yard waste

Compiled by ONU’s SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) and adapted from the following articles:
Rockler-Gladen, Naomi. “10 Environmentally Friendly Ideas for Dorm Rooms and Campus Life.” Green Tips for College Students. Suite 101.Com 4Mar2008. Suite Media Inc. 9 Jul2007.

National Institute of Environmental Heralth Sciences. Reduse,Reuse,and Recycle. 4 Mar 2008.
22 Jan 2008.