Our conscious students Rosie and Eva show us how you can live a more ethical and sustainable lifestyle whilst at university.
As students ourselves, we totally understand that sometimes the ‘easy’ way of doing things isn’t environmentally friendly, and the majority of us feel as though we don’t have enough time or a big enough budget to constantly be ethical and sustainable.
However, this doesn’t have to be the case. There are many simple ways to help the environment that can easily fit into your daily routine. Here are our top tips!
#1: Increase the lifespan of your clothes!
There are tons and tons of textiles dumped into landfill in the UK. It is not only bad for the soil (most common fabrics are hard to recycle, and some of them, like polyester, are not recyclable at all), but also is polluting the ground waters. The solution to this problem could not be easier. If you’ve decided to give your wardrobe a clear out, why not donate to charity or organise a clothes swap amongst your friends? There’s definitely someone else out there who would love the item you’re getting rid of!
If the reason is breakage or wear and tear, there are plenty of amazing repair shops that are easy and affordable to use, it’s definitely worth getting something fixed instead of simply replacing it.
If your items are a bit worse for wear and are beyond repair, shops like Zara, H&M and Marks & Spencer offer facilities where you can donate a bag of clothes to be recycled. Alternatively, you can also recycle the materials by cutting them up to use as dusters and cloths around the house.
You’ll not only help the charities raise money and actively take part in closing the loop of sustainable fashion – you can also save yourself money in the long term.
#2: Switch to a reusable coffee cup
As a student, you probably cannot imagine a day without coffee. Especially in Brighton when there is café on every corner! While getting your daily dose of caffeine, you could also help the environment by switching to a reusable coffee cup. The newest designs are light, and vary in sizes, to suit your needs. Some coffee shops will even give you 20-50p off your hot drink when they can pour it into your reusable mug. Another win-win solution to more sustainable lifestyle.
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#3: Reduce your paper consumption
The majority of aspects of university life are now digital and your studies should be too. Turning in papers online and making notes on electronic devices saves you money and helps save the environment. Stop wasting paper through printing essays and lecture notes, and utilise the digital devices we have available to us! Not only will it stop you wasting the world’s resources, it’s practical as you will be able to access all your documents through one portable device. A tip from one student to another, if you have the choice, write notes on your laptop rather than your phone, then your tutors won’t think you’re just being rude!
#4: Always take a tote bag
This tip might sound simple, but you’d be surprised by how many people don’t take reusable bags when they go shopping. As a student, every little helps and those five pence shopping bags cost you and the environment. If like me, you went to the fresher’s fair and countless university events you will have received more tote bags than one person could ever need and have no excuse for not taking your own bags whilst shopping. Using several plastic bags whilst food shopping adds up to a lot of waste and not using them is such a simple way to be more environmentally friendly. If you can, fold up a tote and keep it in your handbag in case you do some spontaneous shopping and hadn’t planned ahead by bringing a tote!
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#5: Avoid as much packaging as possible
Where and how you buy your vegetables is important as well. Think about all the packaging and extra plastic wrappers in convenience stores. The easy way of reducing it is to start shopping at local markets like Brighton’s Open Market, or greengrocers. Within the Open Market you can find locally grown produce that comes unpackaged. Buying this will help support local farmers and help the environment because the majority of supermarket produce isn’t from Britain and has been shipped in, and it’ll cut down on waste caused by single use packaging.
#6: Stop buying bottles of water
Why are we still paying for water bottles? Most university campsites will have water fountains that you can fill up your bottles with. Also if you’re out and about… did you know that you’re legally allowed to get tap water from any licensed premises? This includes bars, pubs, theatres and restaurants. Refill is campaigning to get businesses to stick this sticker up in their window and show that they are happy for you to fill up your bottle with free tap water when you’re out and about and have got lots of businesses signed up in Brighton and Bristol.
Making these small easy switches to your usual routines and habits can have a huge impact, and this is just the start. For more tips, have a read of some of our other posts:
- 5 Ways To Have A More Eco-Friendly Home
- 5 Simple Tips for Zero Waste Living
- How To Prevent Food Waste by Meal Prepping
- 5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste When Shopping
What other things do things do you do as students to live a more conscious lifestyle? We’d love to know! Comment below or tweet us @revival_collect