- Make someone else’s garbage your treasure. Browse Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for futons, desks, chairs, etc. instead of spending a fortune buying new furniture.
- Sharing is caring. Do you and your roommate really need separate mini-refrigerators and TVs?
- Think organic. Consider 100 percent organic cotton or bamboo linens and bedding.
- Take charge. Use power strips to easily manage your appliances and unplug whatever you aren’t currently using.
- Turn off the lights and all appliances when you’re not in the room. Encourage dorm-mates to do so in lounges or other dorm common areas too.
- Choose energy-efficient products such as CFL/fluorescent lightbulbs and Energy Star rated appliances.
- Invest in a reusable water bottle. It will cost less than $15, and some cafes give a discount when you use a reusable bottle for drinks.
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Efficiency evangelists have long complained about "vampire" energy loss, the wasted electricity from keeping electronics constantly plugged in. By some accounts, this can cost hundreds of dollars a year in extra electricity costs and create unnecessary carbon emissions. New innovations in power strip technology are letting consumers easily curtail their vampire loss.EcoStrip, a pioneering company committed to conserve energy, has designed a power strip that turns off periphery devices–like your speakers, monitor, DVD player, sound system, etc.–when you turn off your primary electronic equipment such as your computer or television. This way, every time you turn off your computer or tv, you’re saving a lot more electricity than that. This power strip can save you over a hundred dollars a year–not bad. As a service to our partners, blog readers and social media followers, Carbonfund.org has negotiated a discount on EcoStrips purchased online–an extra 30% off when you enter the coupon code carbonfund AND EcoStrip makes a donation to Carbonfund.org for every product sold, helping us pursue our work in fighting global warming. So take this step to make your home or office more energy-efficient, an investment that will likely pay itself back in less than a year's time.
- Plant a Tree When You Travel – Planting a tree is a way to fight climate change (about 20% of global warming is due to deforestation), restore habitat and preserve biodiversity. Global Basecamps plants a tree in Nepal for every vacation they book.
- Offset Your Trip’s Carbon Footprint - Flying, driving, lodging, eating and everything you do on your trip has an impact on climate change. The only way to neutralize that impact on climate (short of not traveling) is to offset your footprint by supporting third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Calculate and offset your trip here.
- Support Local Charities at Your Destination – Global Basecamps is a strong supporter of Pack for a Purpose. You can choose a local charity at your destination and help their mission by donating some of your money or items such as pencils, medical supplies or soccer balls.
- Basecamp – Get a true flavor of the locations you visit by basecamping. Choose a central base and explore many places in a short trip. This can cut your carbon footprint and provide a great experience at the same time.
- Commit to Live Sustainably When You Get Home – Take the lessons of your trip home with you. Volunteer when you get back. You can also offset your vehicle and home carbon emissions to reduce your overall footprint.