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7 Eco-Friendly College Essentials for Back to School

July 19, 2019

Not feeling quite ready to head back to school? Prepare in advance with these college essentials designed to help you study not just smarter but greener, too!

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College Essentials #1: Planner

There is no time like back to school time to get your schedule (and your life) organized. The benefits of planners and planning, in general, have been long documented and celebrated. If you want to stay on track, boost productivity, establish a self-care routine, create more time for fun and friends, or just keep track of where you need to be and when – a planner is a great tool for back to school. Whether you prefer an analog option or an app, keeping your plans and schedule with you at all times will ensure that you stay focused and on task no matter where you are.

College Essentials #2: Printer

A printer may be seen as a luxury item when packing for college since many campuses have onsite printing labs. However, nothing is worse than needing to print something ASAP and not having access to the lab. Skip the long lines and system failures by keeping a printer in your dorm room or home office. There are tons of options available on the market that are stylish, don’t take up too much space, and offer quick high-yield printing. Tech Radar shared a great list of the best printers for students that are worth a look.

College Essentials #3: Laptop

Now one of the most common options for in-class notetaking, every student these days is equipped with a laptop. While it’s up for debate whether taking notes on a laptop is as effective as writing them out by hand, you can’t deny the convenience of accessibility and connectivity. Not to mention, the ability the type up that 10,000 word paper for your Econ class in no time at all.

College Essentials #4: Plant

You might be wondering why a plant is considered a college essential for the new school year. As it turns out plants can have a significant effect on air quality in your dorm room or home office. According to NASA, when you add more plants to a room it’s roots and soil have the ability to destroy pathogenic viruses, bacteria, and organic chemicals. So go on, get yourself a little houseplant and take a few deep breaths.

College Essentials #5: Eco-Friendly Tote Bag

Of course, you’ll need a stylish eco-friendly bag to carry all your study supplies. Or keep one in your backpack for that last-minute drop by the grocery store after class.

College Essentials #6: Recycled Paper

Did you know that recycled paper production emits 40% fewer greenhouse gases than virgin fiber paper?

According to Green America:

“If you don’t recycle your used paper and instead throw it into the trash, it goes where all trash goes — to the landfill. The EPA cites landfills as the single largest source of methane emissions to the atmosphere, and has identified the decomposition of paper as among the most significant sources of landfill methane. A potent gas with 21 times the heat-trapping power of CO2, methane is a major contributor to global climate change.”

Planet Green proudly prints on recycled paper (our favorite is from Kelly Paper) using Planet Green Brand, earth-friendly remanufactured cartridges.

College Essentials #7: Remanufactured (Recycled) Ink

The major issue that most students have with printers is twofold; the unbelievably high cost of ink and the wasteful nature of replacing inkjet cartridges too often. To curb the cost and waste, many turn to refilling their inkjets but find that the quality and inconvenience is not worth it. So what to try instead? Remanufactured inkjets save the planet and are much kinder to your bank account (you can save up to 80% off when you shop remanufactured inkjet cartridges from Planet Green Recycle).

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Did you know that you can recycle inkjet cartridges for cash with Planet Green? Send us your empty inkjets and we’ll cut you a check. It’s that easy. Or, start your own ink recycling fundraiser for your organization. Are you ready to get started? Click on an option below and start earning today!

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