Living Sustainably

Central Michigan University supports and encourages its students in their attempts at leading Sustainable Lives. Let this page be a basic and simplistic guide to Living Sustainably on our campus and anywhere else in the world.

Water Waste Prevention
• Take shorter showers
• Use low flow/smart flush toilets
• Refill a Bottle rather than use the fountain.

Electricity Waste Prevention
• Run your electronics through a Surge Protector that you can turn off when you leave the room.
• Use LED lights when you have the option.
• Unplug Phone chargers when not in use as they still use electricity.
• Take advantage of timeout features on your electronics.
• Keep brightness settings low.
• Don’t overuse your air-conditioning.

Solid Waste Prevention
• Get a reusable Water-bottle and refill it throughout the day.
• Get involved in composting.
• Bring your own reusable bag when grocery shopping.
• Print on both sides of the paper as well as only printing final copies.
• Sell/Donate clothing you no longer want.
• Recycle.
• Buy Recycled.Air Pollution Prevention

Air Pollution Prevention
• Drive Gas-powered vehicles less.
• Take advantage of mass transportation.
• Ride bikes or walk places.
• Take part in a plant-based diet.
• Don’t overuse your heat at home.
• Dispose of Refrigerants properly.

Aside from being good for the environment, these bits of advice can also help a person
save money! So start living sustainably for a better quality of life for yourself and any creature expected to call Earth home for years to come. To further the effects of your power to change the world, remember to vote and stay in contact with your local representatives, urging them to invest in sustainability!

Why Buy Recycled?

1. Buying recycled conserves resources
Making the most out of resources allows us to cut down fewer trees, to mine fewer
minerals, and to pump less oil out of the ground to make the products we buy every day.

2. Buying recycled reduces waste and pollution
Each step in the manufacturing process of any product creates waste and pollution,
reducing the number of steps in the process through recycling efforts therefore reduces waste and pollution.

3. Buying recycled conserves energy
In the same way that recycling reduces waste and pollution, by avoiding the initial
extraction of raw materials from the earth energy is conserved.

4. Buying recycled creates jobs
The collection, process and manufacturing of recycled material employs many more
individuals than traditional waste disposal practices and adds value to resources once labeled waste.

5. Buying recycled improves competitivenessAs companies and industries conserve resources and energy, and reduce waste through recycling related activities they also increase their efficiency and competitiveness in the marketplace Fortunately, recycled products are now easier to find, higher in quality than early counterparts and cost effective too. Recycled materials are used to create both recycled
products and recycled packaging for a variety of products. Products and the packages
that protect them often identify themselves as made from recycled- content material,
so look for recycled products wherever you shop.
-Michigan Recycling Coalition (517) 371-7073

Identifying Recycled-Content Packaging

Cardboard or boxboard packaging that is gray on the inside usually contains a high
percentage of post-consumer recycled material.

Aluminum cans contain an average of 50% post-consumer recycled, even if their labels
do not state this.

Glass bottles contain an average of 30% post-consumer recycled material. Green and
amber glass contains even higher percentages of recycled material. (often call "tin") contain an average of 28% post-consumer recycled material.

Identifying Recycled-Content Products

Paper products: Green Forest brand bathroom tissues, paper towels, and napkins -
(100% recycled; 90% post-consumer waste, 10% pre-consumer waste)

Trash bags: Renew brand trash bags - (80%-100% recycled: 24%-60% post consumer
waste, 40%-70% pre-consumer waste)

Pet products: Care Fresh and Kitty Flush brand cat litter - (100% recycled paper fiber, at
least 10% pre-consumer waste)