First ask yourself, “Do I REALLY need to buy this?”

If your answer is “yes” then follow these guidelines for conscientious consumer habits:

  • Buy reusable products such as cloth rags instead of paper towels
  • Buy local goods or items manufactured at the regional level of production
  • Buy Energy Star products and return old goods to the manufacturer (if possible)
  • Close the Loop by purchasing items that contain at least 30% recycled-content
  • Buy products that use less (or no) packaging and recycle the packaging (if you can)
  • Buy Designed for the Environment products that are Recognized for Safer Chemistry


  • Make “duplexing” or printing on both sides your default print and copy setting
  • Distribute electronic versions of presentations and recurring news publications
  • Remove your name to opt-out of junk mail and catalog lists at any or all of the following websites:  www.41pounds.org, www.DMAchoice.org, or www.ecocycle.org


  • For notes and drafts, reuse the back-side of single-side printed sheet of paper
  • Keep your stuff until the useful life ends, then fix it instead of throwing it away
  • Use refillable ink cartridges, rechargeable batteries, and reusable shopping bags
  • Shop at local thrift stores, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and The Salvation Army
  • Items such as clothes can come back in style again as “retro” sooner than you think
  • Donate unwanted items to the annual Cram and Scram sale after spring semester


  • Recycle paper, plastic, glass, and cardboard in bins throughout campus
  • Make recycling bins available at all of your events and meetings on campus
  • Electronic waste or E-waste (i.e. cell phones, laptops, batteries, etc.) can be recycled in the following locations:  residence halls, Mossman Building, and EUC (near the ATMs)
  • For bulk and/or other hard-to-recycle items, contact the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling (OWRR) because – few or many and large or small – they can handle it all
  • Contact Ben Kunka, Recycling Operations Manager, by phone at 336-334-5192 or via email at recycle@uncg.edu if you have more questions about recycling at UNCG