9 eco-friendly dorm room essentials I wish I had in college — from $14.50

From the wise words of "High School Musical" — we're all in this together

A pastel pink graphic with selection of eco-friendly dorm essentials
(Image credit: Future)

You don't have to be a 100% sustainable sis to invest in eco-friendly dorm essentials. But, if you've got the ick from plastic and polyester-derived picks — you're well on your way to doing your part for the planet.

It can be so tempting to add lots of cheap and cheerful odds and ends to your dorm packing list, but often things that are suspiciously affordable are *too* good to be true. Most are made miles away with toxic chemicals and fossil fuels, and while California has got its own laws (like Proposition 65) those don't automatically protect everyone from the consequences of adding unsustainable picks to their college inventory. 

Luckily as your older e-sibling, I promise you, just a few mindful purchases can indirectly save you money, while you're saving the earth. Think meal-prepping picks that will cut down on single-use plastic, things to keep your bathroom hygienic, and eco-friendly alternatives that look luxe.  Mother Nature says TIA!

Christina Chrysostomou
Acting head ecommerce editor

Hi, I'm the acting head ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a first class degree from Keele University, and a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket. I'm the in-house appliances expert and have gone through the internal customer advisor accreditation process.