Many of you are probably preparing to head off to university. It is a new start, and a great chance to incorporate more sustainable choices into your lifestyle. Knowing where to start on this journey can be quite daunting, so we have put together some of our favourite tips to help you become more sustainable while at university - all stress free!
Plan your meals
Did you know around 40% of all the food we produce is wasted? This statistic is shocking and makes you wonder how much money we are also pouring down the drain! If you’re a university student you do not want to be splashing the cash on food that will get thrown away. The solution? Meal planning and prepping...
Living away at university gives you the opportunity to get creative and try new meals, why not plan them beforehand? Planning meals allows you to purchase only what you need resulting in much less waste. According to the Small Footprint Family, wasted food is the largest contributor to landfill sites, in which it produces methane, a gas with 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. We can prevent this from increasing and getting even worse.
Set off a little earlier and walk or cycle to your destination. Doing this just once a week will reduce emissions, create less air pollution and help you save money on transport and travel costs.
If walking or cycling is not an option, use buses, trains and other public transport rather than Ubers and taxis. Public transport helps to reduce energy consumption and harmful carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions.
Donate your unwanted clothes
Have you started packing your bags and realised how many clothes you have that you won't make the most of? Maybe your style has changed or they no longer fit you. If this sounds familiar why not do something beneficial with them? Donating them to charity or selling them on Depop/Vinted/Ebay is a great solution and also allows you to make some extra cash which will come in handy at university!
Get your hands dirty
Growing and hanging your own plants benefits the environment massively. This is because plants release oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide and provide habitat and food for wildlife and humans.
No matter how big or small your garden is, almost anyone can take part, the best part is, it’s fun and allows you to get creative! If you have paving slabs that make it difficult simply hang the plants from exterior walls.
Tip: try to grow plants that are bee friendly. 85% of all the crops that feed humans are pollinated by bees, this includes fruits, vegetables and nuts. Without bees, dairy, meat and egg products would be very hard to produce and also significantly more expensive.
Change your daily habits
The following tips may seem obvious but they are good habits to get into, all of which help to conserve energy.
- Turn off any lights and electrical appliances when not in use or not needed.
- Place a lid on top of the saucepan when cooking, this minimises the amount of energy required.
- Open your curtains and blinds, this allows daylight to enter your room and reduces the need for lights.
- Hang your clean washing up to dry, rather than using a tumble dryer.
Have fun whilst you’re at university but also respect the environment! If you have any other tips let us know over on our Twitter - we’d love to hear them!