Eco Dorm Works

By: Mia Lee

During my first semester as a first year there are some things I learned: have fun, be inspired and reuse. What I mean by those phrases is that there has to be a balance, not just in school and social life. It’s by being resourceful with what you have and how you can use it to your advantage. These four DIYs are my absolute favorite ones that help the environment as well as making your dorm look fabulous.


1. Vision board

This DIY is by far my favorite creations that I have ever done. You can combine all your favorite pictures with newspaper articles, magazine cut outs, as well as old tags from clothes.  For mine I combine all of my favorite interests, quotes and power mantras on my wall. This diy makes you reuse your old magazines/newspapers, and when you are done with the scraps of the old articles, you can recycle them so they can be disposed in a beneficial way.

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2. Eco-friendly string lights

This DIY is also one of my favorites. You can do this by purchasing compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs to save energy and be energy efficient. It also will accent the room well.

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3. Using washi tape

For this DIY, you can make this on your wall with various designs, and it is easy to dispose when you are done. For example, first semester I used washi tape with some of my old polaroids and outlined them with some hearts and a city landscape. This DIY not only makes your dorm room look unique, but this will also save you money, it is tree free and made out of highly renewable resources. It is a lot better than using duct tape because duct tape doesn’t biodegrade.

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4. Party wall decor

For this diy, you can make the party wall streamers using scraps of old newspaper and making them into flowers so it can accent the room while saving paper!

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Photos by Mia Lee and Pixabay.

GreenHawks Media

GreenHawks Media is Miami University’s first environmental publication. Our goal is to unite green initiatives on campus and in the community. We hope to make a difference in a journalistic fashion by spreading news and information as well as educating our readers. We would like to present GreenHawks Media as a central place for groups and individuals to share their ideas, concerns, and initiatives. Individually and in small groups, efforts are made to make a difference and promote change. While one person may have a concern, another is researching it and needs assistance. While one initiative is being made in a science department, a similar idea is being discussed in a local business. GreenHawks Media provides the opportunity for shared visions to come together. We are journalists, writers, photographers, and scientists. We are students. We are motivated to use media to contribute to the change that our generation needs to make in order to protect and understand the planet we call home.

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