How to have a sustainable fall season

Fall is here in Rochester and we’re here to help you stay sustainable in the new season! 

Thrift needed items

With the cold weather coming in, you may be in need of new coats, jackets, sweaters, and pants. Buying these items second-hand is a great way to keep clothing items out of landfills and reduce the amount of new clothing produced. I’ve had good luck at Plato’s closet in the womens’ section and have found name brands such as the North Face and Columbia. You can also check out Goodwill, Savers, and Salvation Army, along with local spots such as Greenovations. Spots like the Op Shop and Little Shop of Hoarders or even the Lucky Flea are fun but are usually at a higher price point. 

Shop at farmers markets

There are still some farmers markets running during the fall, with a big one being the Brighton Farmers Market. There’s also the City of Rochester Public Market that runs three days a week downtown. Many family farms are active during the fall, selling pumpkins and other fall goods like apple cider and fried cakes. Speaking of pumpkins, if you buy one, do your best to make full use of the pumpkin, such as roasting and eating the seeds, using the pulp to make pumpkin pie or bread, and composting the remains.

Be adaptable with the temperature

While it eventually gets consistently cold in the fall up here, there can be the occasional warm days. Instead of cranking your AC the second it gets a little too warm, use a fan instead and open your windows. Similarly, if it’s chilly but not freezing, make good use of layering and blankets before cranking the heat.

Got any other fall-themed tips? Add them below in the comments!


Written by Sarah Woodams ‘24(T5)

Photo by Sarah Woodams