A new school year is a great time to develop new habits to achieve your goals. Why not include some ways to be kind to yourself and the planet?
1. Choose to reuse
Make it a habit to always have a reusable water bottle with you – you can refill it at multiple locations on campus. Besides being a green practice, it also motivates you to stay hydrated.
When eating on campus, take part in #ReuseHumber by purchasing meals in reusable containers available at the North Residence Café, Street Café, Staff Lounge, Lake Café, and L Commons Eatery.
2. Spend your money more mindfully
Reflect on how your purchases impact you, producers and retailers. Being mindful at the time of purchase means you are taking into consideration not only the cost, but also how the product aligns with your values.
Choose products within your budget that have positive social and environmental impact. When shopping for groceries and coffee, for example, look for the Fair Trade certification. Buying products from local shops is a great way to support small business owners and artists.
3. Take sustainable transportation
Depending on your travel distance, weather conditions, and transportation infrastructure, you can choose from a range of sustainable transportation to get to school, work, and more.
Walking or biking are great exercise and allow you to stay outdoors for a bit longer. Taking public transit gives you the opportunity to read, listen to music, or get some work done during the commute. If you prefer to drive, try carpooling and share the cost of gas and parking.
4. Unplug gadgets
When you are done studying and working for the day, unplug computers from the power outlet to save energy.
Likewise, try to disconnect from technology a few minutes a day to give your eyes and mind a rest.
5. Sort your waste
Take some time to learn how to properly sort your waste at home (each city has its own waste sorting system) and on campus!
Did you know you can also dispose of PPE, pens, and batteries on campus?
Let us know which habits are already part of your daily routine and which ones you want to adopt.