Green Tips

Lately, we have been consumed with learning and observing the maker lifestyle.  Personally, I am still intrigued; I could spend hours looking at the cool things people have made on the internet.  But I think an important point not to forget about the maker culture, is that efficiency is key.  Sometimes I think we forget just how easy it is to make our days a little bit greener.  To relate to our current lifestyles I found this article, “Green Tips for College Students”.

Tip #1. Recycle everything, especially paper!

This is a good tip! Not only should you recycle your used paper but use it to its full advantage first.  A small tip of my own is to use the backs of any trash papers as scratch paper for studying.  Not only is it efficient, it saves you money on notebooks.

Tip #8. Carry a water bottle.

This tip is such a great idea not only because it is environmentally friendly but also because it is healthy.  I invested in a brita (which I highly recommend) and stopped buying plastic water bottles.  Now I always make sure I have my reusable water bottle on me, which causes me to drink much more water than I use to without even thinking about it.

So for those of us that may not be technical geniuses that cannot recycle old computers parts, we can live by these simple rules.  Think about how much of a change you can make.  To put it into perspective, sometimes I like to think about how I have not bought gas for my car in eleven weeks!  So get creative, keep recycling, and stay green!

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3 Responses to Green Tips

  1. RL-13 says:

    As we solder, make pins, and learn about the exciting and innovative world of the DIY culture in America, it certainly is quintessential to take into account the environmental issues that tag along with the inventions of the ingenious makers. Sustainability, technological efficiency, and public awareness certainly seem to be at the top of the list for those who support the numerous Go Green movements that dot the globe. There are a plethora of online amenities for those who envelop themselves in the Eco-Friendly aura of society, such as, which posts ideas daily that help to garner support and awareness for protecting mother Earth.
    The Maker nation certainly has the motivation, innovative knowhow, and even the entrepreneurial faculties to better the world we live by creating devices and projects unthinkable by common man. However, in order to sustain both the overwhelmingly admirable DIY movement, as well as our fragile environment, one must think about efficiency and overall greener options. The article hit the nail on its head, as it analyzes the effects of the inventive culture, but also gives suggestions for sustainability and awareness.
    I personally have tried to make numerous adjustments in my life in order to fit in with the environmentally sound sect of society. Examples such as reusing water bottles on a daily basis, buying energy efficient light bulbs, and composting a large quantity of food scraps, are merely some of the ways my family has made the effort to “Go Green”. I truly believe the success of such movements must originate from the younger generations that will not only outlast the “baby-boomers”, but will also be responsible for the protection of our environment as a whole. I see it as a quasi grassroots mobilization process, as each household raises their children in a fashion that lauds and utilizes the numerous pieces of advice that online blogs, newspapers, magazines, and learned activists provide about sustaining planet Earth for centuries to come.

  2. BIGmac says:

    The idea of recycling is a very good point about the culture of a maker, one that I wish I did not overlook in my “define a maker” essay!

    Simply look at the environment of Perry and Lester’s workplace or Hack Pittsburgh’s workshop. Matt from Hack Pittsburgh seemed so excited when he told the story of receiving the old computer and radio parts that most likely would have gone to a waste yard. Another reason I believe makers often reuse and recycle is the cost factor. Hack Pittsburgh stays in operation solely by member dues. Recycling is an effective way of saving money and while still making/hacking awesome things.

    In my personal life, I recycle and conserve as well. For example, I take showers once a month and haven’t done laundry yet!

    But in all seriousness, I have made some lengths in recycling here at college. First I have invested in a Brita filter, and have anyone else seen that sweet water bottle re-filler in the WPU? I use it all the time. Also, I take extremely short showers, but that can also be contributed to the fact that I usually run late. Go green people!

    So does anyone want to do my laundry?

  3. hikari says:

    I actually don’t do as many of the things on that list as I should, unfortunately. Here is what I do do though:

    Recycle everything, especially paper! I make sure I recycle all of my plastic bottles and cans, and I don’t throw away the plastic bags I get. That being said, can you just put the plastic bags in with the other recyclables? Grocery stores used to have special bins for them, but I haven’t seen them in a while.

    Walk, bike, and limit your use of a car. One thing I love about living here on campus is that I don’t have to use a car that often. Not to mention that I get a lot more exercise (and save a lot of money!!).

    Limit the use of disposable cups and plates. I actually have a full dinner set for four in my door with large and small plates and bowls. My mom had originally bought me paper plates, but I told her I didn’t want to kill trees. XD

    Buy green. I actually just went to buy sticky notes from the bookstore and the Post-It brand sticky notes were double the price of the the 100% recycled ones. Needless to say, I got the recycled ones.

    Buy used clothing. I feel like this may be a little bit of a stretch. While I’m all for thrifting, there is only so much used clothing you can buy before you start looking like a hobo….