Eco-Friendly Dorm Room Checklist

| 7/29/2010 4:28:20 PM

Next month, I’m moving into a college dorm. I’ve prepared an extensive list of things I might need for my dorm, and I’ve found eco-friendly alternatives to each item. Before I purchase anything, I’m going to figure out what I can reuse or repurpose. Check the source list I’ve assembled for secondhand items, and then buy what you still need:

Check these places first!

Etsy: Check Etsy for homemade decor. It’s a great place to find unique items for your dorm.

etsy backpack
This vintage backpack from Etsy has plenty of compartments to store school supplies. Photo By mediumcontrol/Courtesy Flickr. 

Goodwill: Head to Goodwill for furniture and electronics, or bid on items at

Craigslist: Click your city, then look at the Craiglist For Sale section. In the search bar, type “dorm” and you’ll find listings for refrigerators, couches, rugs and more.

Freecycle: To find items on Freecycle you must be a member of the group representing your city or nearby area. When you request something from Freecycle, offer to pick it up from the giver’s location as soon as possible, otherwise the giver has no reason to choose you over other users.