It's Easy Being Green

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By Amanda Toth
Assistant Editor-in-Chief

Regardless of what Kermit the Frog says, it’s pretty easy being green. I should clarify. It’s pretty easy living green; I’m not too sure about literally being green. Whether or not you believe in global warming, you have to admit that we should do everything in our power to help Mother Earth. After all, she has provided us with shelter and food for thousands of years; we should at least return the favor.

The Wood Word is doing its part, and so can you. Here is a list of tips of how to live a green lifestyle. Look for more tips in coming issues of The Wood Word.

  1. Recycle, recycle, recycle! What do you do with all your notes at the end of a semester? Chances are, you probably throw them out unless you need them for your major. Look for recycling bins around campus, which are also great for leftover pizza boxes and soda cans. An alternative is keeping them to use as scrap paper.
  2. Think before you print. A lot of paper is wasted by printing long term papers. Try printing one using both sides of the paper. Chances are, your professor won’t mind as long as you ask first. You can also use the backs of old papers to print out rough drafts of the one you’re currently working on. Save ink by bookmarking websites instead of printing them out.
  3. Invest in plastic flatware. Between exams and papers, washing dishes is probably the last thing on your mind. Plastic plates, bowls, cups, and utensils are readily available at Wal-Mart. They are affordable come in a variety of colors. Even though the initial cost will be more expensive than buying paper goods, they will last for years and will save you money. An added bonus is that your trashcan won’t fill up with smelly plates.
  4. Use less paper napkins and towels. Unless you’re eating wings or ribs, one napkin will probably work. If you use them in your room to dry your hands, buy a cloth hand towel. Like with the plastic flatware, it will cost more at the beginning, but will save you money in the long run.
  5. Save gas, ride with a friend. If you live off campus, compare schedules with your roommates. Unless your they’re radically different, you should be able to carpool. If you and a friend are planning to go to Steamtown, plan a day and drive together. Another option is Smart Ride. You can be dropped off at Steamtown, CVS, Price Chopper, or a number of other destinations. Best of all, it’s free!
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