Tuesday, December 10, 2019

My Top Zero Waste Tips for Surviving Finals Week!

Hey earth muffins! I can't believe it but finals are already here! I had an exam yesterday and have three more to go before I get to head home for the holidays on December 20th. 😊 I am SO pumped to spend some quality time with my family, so I have been powering through all of my studying with that motivation in place. As I am trying to live a sustainable lifestyle, I thought it would be fun to share some of my tips for reducing waste during finals week. Let's jump right into it!

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Print practice problems/exams with 2 pages per sheet and double sided. While I suggest not printing practice problems at all, I myself find it more beneficial to actually write out my answers on paper just like it will be during the exam. By printing this way, this allows you to fit four pages onto one piece of paper, which reduces the amount of recycling you have to do at the end of finals.

Bring a reusable water bottle to the library! This not only will help with your studying (as keeping the mind hydrated is key!), but it reduces the temptation to use any plastic water bottles.

Pack your own food and snacks. If you are going to be spending a significant amount of time at a library or other study space outside of your apartment/dorm, take some time to pack yourself food and snacks. 🥨 This will keep your mind focused and also reduce any waste created by grabbing food to-go at a cafe, fast food joint, etc. Plus, I love to pack extremely healthy snacks so that I am not tempted to eat junk foods when I am stressed.

Bring a reusable coffee mug! While I don't drink coffee, I know many college students thrive on coffee during finals week.☕ Instead of throwing away 5-10 coffee cups, use your own mug to save that waste from going to the landfill!

Recycle notes at the end of your exams! One of my favorite things to do at the end of the semester is to recycle all of my notes from classes I will never take again. It is so rewarding to see all of the materials I have learned and to divert this waste from rotting in the landfill. My campus also collects full notebooks to recycle, so take advantage of programs like this at your school!

How do you like to reduce your waste during finals week? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!


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