Generation Green? Not on College Move-in/Move-out Day!

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 30, 2008
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It’s move-out/move-in day (the weeks leading up to August 1st) at U.S. colleges everywhere, and already the eco citizens of my hometown are taking to the alleys, finding free great stuff everyday. I just found a $60 little outdoor coffee table you can buy new at Urban Outfitters. So here’s the status quo, oh young devastators of the Earth: you’re buying Made in China at Urban or Tarzhay or Costco or Wal-Mart, and then you’re throwing it out when you move out of your apartment. 

Here’s the new plan: buy local/independent–and don’t tell me it’s too pricey, stuff on is cheaper and often nicer than we could otherwise afford. And then, when you’re moving, put anything usable that you don’t want on the curb, or on good ol’craigslist, or have a yard sale and make some dough…just don’t in the dumpster.

Your new actions (a literal translation of ‘karma’) will result in less mining, deforestation and pollution, less unfair-third world-labor, stronger local economies and independent small businesses (which are more often owned by women, if you care to know) and leaner local landfills. 


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Generation Green? Not on College Move-in/Move-out Day!”

  1. This brings back lots of memories from college of moving in and out of the dorm every year and seeing all the perfectly good stuff people would throw away. I can remember taking shelves, storage drawers, lamps and more out of piles of stuff people were going to throw away and thinking “don’t they realize they can at least donate this stuff?”

  2. DemonD says:

    You might want to check out this list called "7 Steps to a Greener College Move-in," compiled by the sustainability director at Wake Forest University and posted here: