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Back To School: Sustainable Dorm Essentials

Welcome to the fifteenth edition of Sustainability This Week! Our biweekly blog posts where we bring you sustainable alternatives to everyday products and sustainability initiatives. This week we’re highlighting sustainable dorm room essentials. As always, no sponsors, no affiliate links, just sustainable products brought to you by us <3 Let’s begin!

As the school year approaches, the search for dorm room essentials begins. While the list of things to purchase seem endless, to make the process a little bit easier we have put together a few sustainable alternatives for you to have. Let's get into it.

The Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent Pods

Where to buy: Amazon

Price: $23.75 for a pack of two (as of August 15, 2023)

Now that you might be out of the house the task of doing laundry is one which seems never ending. Standard laundry detergents are known for having many harsh chemicals, which are not only harmful for the environment but also for your skin. Ingredients present in traditional detergents add to water pollution, as well as harm aquatic life.

The Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent Pods, made with 0 artificial fragrances, dyes, and brighteners, is a great sustainable alternative that will ensure a smooth laundry experience. Instead of carrying around a huge bottle of detergent to the nearest laundry room, just pop a pod into your laundry bag. While gentle on your skin and the environment, the enzyme formula was made to fight tough stains. Late night coffee stains, no problem. Seventh Generation’s got you.

Buffy Cloud Comforter

Where to buy: Buffy Website

Price: $100 on sale (as of August 15, 2023)

Those late night study sessions mean that you’re gonna need to maximize your hours sleeping. The Buffy Cloud Comforter has got you covered. Hypoallergenic, machine washable, and breathable, this comforter is the comforter of all comforters.

The production of linens and bedding, such as sheets and blankets, leave a negative impact on the environment. For example, the production of cotton, an increasingly popular material for linens and clothing, requires the use of 1,320 gallons of water per pound of cotton produced! Living in a world in which 1 out of 10 people do not have access to clean water and a world in which women spend on average 200 million hours a day, across various regions, collecting water, we need to be conscious of how we are using the scarce resource.

Buffy has utilized a different material to create a more sustainable alternative. Buffy’s Cloud Comforter, along with their other linens, is made from Tencel, a fabric created from the wood fibers of trees such as the Eucalyptus tree. In order to preserve water Buffy creates this material using a closed loop water system, a system in which the water and resources used for one batch of product is reused for the next batch.

Additionally, the Cloud Comforter reuses up to 50 plastic bottles! Talk about recycling! The Eucalyptus Tencel fabric is also special due to its breathable and cooling effect, making the cloud-like comforter good for all seasons (and good for those who are sweaty sleepers). Buffy is currently having a 20% off back to school sale, make sure to check it out before it passes!

More Essentials!

Here are links to previous blog posts which discuss other essential sustainable products you'll need for the year!



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