Consider the Alternatives
Straws: Stop using plastic straws. Americans use half a billion straws per day! Invest in metal or glass straws.
Utensils: Even though the utensils offered at Rende and other grab n' go places are compostable, using metal or bamboo utensils reduces waste
Cups: If you're getting water, fill up your reusable water bottle and save a cup!
Clothes: Go thrifting! Give those clothes a second life and avoid the fast fashion industry
Bags: Bring a reusable bag when you go shopping instead of using plastic/compostable bags (plus it saves money).
Feminine Hygiene Products: Menstrual cups and cloth pads are reusable alternatives for conventional tampons and pads.
BONUS: Bring your own reusable containers to restaurants to pack up your leftovers. You can save a lot of styrofoam, plastic, and cardboard from going to waste.
Reduce Water Waste
Be Mindful of Electricity Usage
Every dorm room is equipped with a trash can and a recycling bin. Take the time to separate your waste into the appropriate compost, recycling, and landfill bins.
There are composting bins in every lounge on the Hill. Almost all of the food containers from the Hill dining services are compostable. Do your part by correctly disposing of the waste you use. It might take a couple more steps to throw away your Cafe 1919 pizza box, but it can really cut down on waste.
Take the MyLastTrash pledge to help the UC reach its Zero Waste By 2020 goal!