Watch Your Waste!

Whether you’re living in a dorm or somewhere off campus, those weekly trips to the grocery store are essential as you need to pack on the proteins to fuel your body and brain for those long nights of study. Can you even begin to count how many plastic bags you have taken home and dispose throughout those trips? It’s probably too much to count even if you have hundreds of fingers.

Plastic bags are one of the most common pollutants in landfills that pose as a major threat to wildlife. Many marine animals mistake plastic bags for food and end up ingesting these toxic debris that continue to float around the ocean. The intake of plastics is not only harmful to the animals but can also have a negative impact on humans as it transfers the debris up to bigger fish and marine animals, in which we consume and end up ingesting these tiny pieces of plastics ourselves.

What can we do to eliminate these wasteful and destructive plastic bags you may ask? The answer is reusable grocery bags. You can find these bags at almost any grocery stores that you shop at for an affordable price. For instance, Trader Joe’s offers eye-catching and sturdy reusable bags at the cost of only $1.00 each. They also offer an incentive for those who choose to use their own bag instead of taking one from the store. Students and adults alike, you are eligible to enter into a raffle where you have the opportunity to win a $25.00 gift card. It might not sound like much, but for college students, that gift card can come in handy when you’re short on money for that weekly grocery trip.

Besides being environmentally responsible, another responsibility you should take on as college students is to purchase renters insurance in the events that your personal belongings are stolen, such as bikes and laptops. GradGuard offers worldwide property coverage that will cover you and your belongings everywhere you go for an affordable cost. For a free quote, go to It never hurts to check it out.