College Student Stays Green

Felicia Quichocho

Why Go Green

Jenny Dang is a student at Texas State University and discusses the importance of being more environmentally friendly. She gives us ways on how to stay green while being a college student. Being more environmentally conscious has a lot of benefits such as: cleaner air, improving health and reducing finances.

Fun Green Facts

  • The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a television for three hours.
  • Recycling a glass bottle also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.
  • If Americans recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save 25 million trees a year.
  • It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday Edition of the New York Times.
  • Turning down your thermostat by one degree can cut 8% off your fuel bill.

Reduce Plastic Use

Out of the 300 million tons of plastic that is produce year– half of those plastics will only be used for single use. The plastic then gets dumped into the ocean and creates an underwater layer of plastic debris and can negatively affect seabirds and marine life through consumption of the plastic debris. Craig Lesson is the director if the documentary, A Plastic Ocean. Through the making of this documentary, Leeson included over 20 locations where he uncovered all of the plastic bottles and plastic bags discarded on the ocean floor. Plastic breaks down over time and become little tiny pieces of plastic called microplastics. As a result of microplastics, marine life and seabirds can consume them and enter them into the food chain. This brings toxins into their systems and can be transmitted to humans during consumption.

Recycling

The world has a waste problem. The world population is growing, and each person added to the population will also add significant waste over their lifetime. In New York alone, people produce enough trash in one day to fill the entire Empire State building. Everyday, in our households and workplaces we use products that are essential to our lives. Most of these products and their packaging are wasted in trash can and will inevitably end up in landfills. With recycling efforts, recyclable products can be turned back into raw from that can be used to create a new and different product, since natural resources are limited.