Small ways to make big changes
At university it can sometimes be easy to forget to be mindful of the environment, but here are some simple steps you can take to keep Mother Earth happy:
Ditch plastic bottles
Buying a weeks worth of water might seem helpful in the long run, but buying a reusable water bottle is not only best for the environment, but also your health too. Over 88% of water bottles are not recycled and end up in landfill, left to decompose for thousands of years.
Not only does it make our lovely little planet poorly, but filling up a plastic bottle to chug again isn't so great for your health: the plastic can often contain nasty chemicals which get absorbed into your body when you have a drink. So next time your out and about consider buying a water bottle to help make a difference to your own health, and to keep the turtles happy too.
Recycle, recycle, recycle
Whether you're wondering what to do with your bean tins or cardboard coffee cup, there are many opportunities for you to get recycling and help make a difference. Glass, cardboard, paper, and some plastics can all be recycled, which in turn reduces the amount of black bin bags you have to figure out how to open.
Bring your own bag
Paying 5p for a plastic bag might seem like a valid option when doing the weekly food shop, but you can make a change by reusing plastic bags, or even by buying some pocket bags which you can whip out when you need them. Not only will you look cool when carrying your flowery fabric bag, but you will be helping the planet by reducing the mounds of plastic being discarded daily.
Plan your meals
You've probably experienced the shame of chucking out a pack of unopened, slimy chicken which you forgot was at the back of the fridge by now. Just think of that tasty curry you could have made if you planned out your meals, and figured out everything you need to buy for your next food shop. By doing this you will reduce food waste and leave you with plenty of ideas for food throughout the week. Don't worry if you have leftovers, you can box them up and save yourself from prepping lunch!
Donate what you don't need
It's easy to forget about the mountain of clothes in your wardrobe when splashing the cash on the big sale at Primark, but you can battle your wardrobe monster by donating any unwanted clothes to charity shops.
Don't just stop at clothes, any non-expiry food which is gathering dust in your cupboard can be donated to food banks to those in need and reduce food waste.
Remember: one small change makes a big difference!