Ben Woodman, chair of the Environmental Sustainability Alliance at WSU, discusses specific actions you can take daily to lessen your impact on the environment.
- Think about how something effects the environment before and after it gets to you.
- Consider the costs, benefits, and who else the product affects.
- Energy usage includes what natural source something originates from, what your benefits are from it, and how much money and time of yours does it take.
- Where can you conserve energy (water, energy, carbon footprint, and stuff)?
- How much are you consuming?
- How can you change?
- Don't try to take on everything at once, but be persistent and consistent.
A great way to reduce waste is to purchase second hand. Second hand items are often cheaper than buying new, so thrifting also supports financial wellbeing. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your thrift trip:
- Be prepared
- Bring cash
- Sell before you buy
- master the art of the scan
Where to shop
- Thrift stores in person
- thrift apps
- Facebook "free and for sale" or marketplace
- yard sales
Also consider checking out thrifter YouTubers for ideas on how to use secondhand items.
Flex your creativity and be kind to the environment at the same time! Anytime you transform or reuse a product for something new you are upcycling.
If you're more of a visual learner The Sorry Girls on YouTube show you tons of ways to reuse items in unconventional ways, everything from fashion to decor.
UPCYCLE THAT is a site that provides inspiration for what to do with various materials and how to DIY items such as decor, camping supplies, and more.