Green-friendly vintage dorm room decor on a budget

The most green-friendly thing you can do is buy as much stuff as you can used -- or pull it out of dumpsters. That reality doesn't get a lot of press because no one can make money selling it to you, but it's irrefutably true. Using 100% post-consumer -- i.e. used -- is better for the planet than soy, hemp, or bamboo.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Record album covers: Some old records are worth a fortune, but most are worth about 50 cents each at yard sales, thrift shops, and flea markets. No matter what style of music you like -- punk, jazz, sixties rock, dance, etc. -- you can find tons of albums with attractive cover art that will spice up your walls, and give you a look that no one else in your dorm will have. Check out this lot of 56 New Wave/Punk LPs on eBay for some ideas of just how cool this look can be.