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On average, a student like you uses eight textbooks per academic year — depending on the major, of course. These textbooks are often accompanied by a few study guides and other supportive study materials. It all amounts to… well, more than 30 expensive books, proudly occupying your shelves as if a glorious representation of all the knowledge and qualification you’ve obtained. And you can definitely feel the burden of that knowledge when figuring out what to do next with all these books. Of course, you can’t just dump them in the general waste bin. You need to recycle textbooks. 

Read more > “How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Textbooks: A Guide to a Sustainable Life Cycle of a College Book”

There are several sustainable ways of getting rid of used stuff: recycling, donating, reusing, sharing. These actions will definitely bring us sustainability karma points but not that much money. But what if you want to sell valuable stuff, like branded clothing, electronics, textbooks? You have several sustainable options, such as to sell locally or use eco-friendly marketplaces. Here is our top-list of 6 awesome apps to sell stuff online.

Read more > “6 Awesome Apps to Sell Stuff Online: Locally and Sustainably”

We have become quite conscious about the impact of our daily activities on the ecosystem: we are trying to implement new ways to reduce our footprint, plastic usage, natural resource extraction, and so on. But what is the situation with sustainable book publishing? Are books and college textbooks sustainable at all? Or should we all switch to digital alternatives?

We will explore in more detail if it is possible to maintain an eco-friendly printing industry. The publishing industry is one of the significant consumers of paper. Therefore, the question about the sustainability of paper manufacturing comes to the foreground. But it’s not the only issue that eco-friendly publishers have to deal with. Can the whole process of book production be more eco-friendly? What are the major challenges, and how publishers react to them? Should we adopt more sustainable reading habits?

Read more > “Sustainable Book Publishing: How to Print and Read Eco-Friendly”

Black Friday season is all about managing your personal finances and staying on a budget. Finding your path in a sea of fantastic bargains and seductive offers can be a huge challenge, especially for a student with limited finances. Moreover, we often tend to overspend and end up buying what we don’t need just because it’s “a good deal.” The trend for more conscious consumption and responsible spending dominates among consumers for a while now. Magically, all our mindfulness disappears when we see an attractive banner “40 percent off, today only.” 

You can indeed get amazing discounts on valuable items. Still, you should spend within your budget and stick to shopping lists. Here are ten tips to help you come through Black Monday and Cyber Monday in style and on a budget. Some of these tips, like a “stop list,” are useful for advancing your shopping and money management in general. It is crucial to create a conscious system around your personal finances, and below you find helpful building blocks. That’s a really great deal!

Read more > “Black Friday on a Budget: 10 Money Spending Tips”

Have you checked if you are studying at a sustainable college? Maybe your study environment does not answer the latest recommendations on sustainable use of resources and does not promote green initiatives. Don’t despair too soon: as a student, you have plenty of possibilities to take action. This guide will help you make a difference: in your lifestyle, on campus, and in your community.

Read more > “A Guide to a Sustainable College: Take Action Right Now”

The general availability of e-commerce has increased our everyday convenience: we can shop across the states and the whole world, we can easily reach out to local producers, the ordered items are delivered at our doorstep, and we can rely on various postal companies to take care of our private shipments. But as always, we should be aware of the downfalls of this often corruptive convenience and should act sustainably.

Sending items by post (be it textbooks, clothes returns, or gifts for your friends) is only natural and inevitable, so let’s make this process more sustainable and eco-friendly together. Here is some information about sustainable packaging materials and a few simple steps you can implement right now that will amount to a huge benefit for the environment.

Read more > “Sustainable Packaging Solutions for Everyone”