College move in and move out can be stressful – and wasteful. Students usually buy new items for their dorm or apartment, but the production and transportation of new clothes and furniture is energy intensive. On average, a new pair of jeans requires 1,500 gallons of water and creates 71 pounds of CO2.

Check out a thrift store for lightly used furniture, decorations and clothes. Many have unique items that will make your room stand out while saving money.

College campuses generate almost 30% more solid waste during move out months. Re-sell what you bought for some cash, give to a friend, or donate to your local Goodwill – they will even come pick it up!