UW-Stevens Point offers ten tips to live more sustainably

Celebrate Earth Day (Friday, April 22) by following these tips from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Office of Sustainability and Soil and Waste Resources Department.



  • When shopping, opt for the most sustainable bag option. Reusable cloth bags are most sustainable, followed by paper. Plastic are least sustainable.

  • Recycle and reuse more.
    • Look for ways to reuse materials -- at your home, business or in the community
    • Minimize waste whenever po​ssible.

  • ​​​Minimize foo​​​​​d waste
    • Buy only what you will consume. It’s cheaper to shop more frequently than throw out food.
    • Prepare only what your family will eat in a few days.
    • Compost fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, leaves and yard waste.
    • If you can’t compost, give food and yard waste to those who do (such as UW-Stevens Point and Central Rivers Farmshed)

  • Reduce energy consumption
    • Only turn on lights when natural lighting is insufficient.
    • Turn off lights when you leave a room
    • Plug chargers and household electronics into power strips that can be turned off when not in use. 
    • Use efficient lights bulbs: LEDs are most efficient, followed by compact fluorescent. Incandescent bulbs are least efficient, and cost more over time.

  • Use reusable containers for coffee and other beverages whenever possible.

  • Purchase items with less packaging, or biodegradable packaging.

  • Use “green” clean supplies. Several brands are available.

  • Walk/bike to work. Or carpool or use public transit.

  • Shop locally
    • Local food tends to be fresher and produced more sustainably. The distance from farm to table is much closer.
    • Local shops contribute to the resilience and economic stability of communities.

  • Search for the following labels when purchasing coffee, tea, chocolate or apparel:
    • Fair Trade Certified
    • Fair Trade
    • Rainforst Alliance Certified
    • Non GMO Project Verified
    • USDA Organic
    • Certified Sustainable Palm Oil



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CNR; Healthy; Sustainable