What You Should Know
Reducing consumption involves not how much we buy and acquire day-to-day. Rather it involves paying more attention to what we have and what we need against the backdrop of helping conserve the Earth’s resources. The suggestions that follow are preventive and pro-active.
When awkward first-year Sarah Dooley joins EarthCo in hopes of finally making some cool friends, she gets hooked on -Recycling Fever!
Presented by the Barnard Columbia Earth Coalition and Greenborough
Starring Sarah Dooley with Benjamin Fogarty as Guru
Please Note: The Recycling rules described in this video pertain only to New York City rules and Columbia University Morningside Campus. (Rules for Barnard and other Columbia University Campuses vary).
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When you’re buying
- Consider buying used rather than new items whenever feasible.
- Don’t buy items with unnecessary packaging – lots of plastic, double packaging such as bottles within boxes, for example.
- Choose products that are longer-lasting and potentially energy-saving over those that may be a bit less expensive. Energy Star appliances, durable furniture, quality tires and compact fluorescent light bulbs are examples.
- Use reusable bags and reduce your plastic bag consumption.
- Consider buying from green energy sources if you pay for your own electricity.
- Choose phosphate-free, low-phosphate or biodegradable dishwashing liquid and least-toxic cleaning products.
When you’re around your desk
- Choose the Eco-Office option when purchasing office supplies
- Check out green printing and document management practices in the Guide to Green Computing on this website.
- Get your name off the junk mailing lists by contacting the Direct Marketing Association.
- If you decide that you don't want to receive prescreened offers of credit and insurance.
- Read publications and email on line when available instead of printing.
- Receive and pay bills on-line – including tuition and fee payments.
- Sign up for direct deposit of your paycheck or student account refund.