Looking after the environment might not be at the top of your list when embarking on your university adventure – that doesn’t mean you can’t do your bit to help the planet.
It’s no secret that the earth is suffering, now it’s time to take responsibility and do what we can to reverse the damage.
Making small changes to our everyday routines can make a massive difference. We’re not talking about completely changing your way of life, just a few tweaks that you’ll hardly even notice.
It’s barely revolutionary, we should all be using recycling bins by now in at least some capacity. It requires little effort and if anything, will help keep your kitchen much more tidy.
Some stores have introduced handy initiatives like Beauty Kitchen’s Return. Refill. Repeat. scheme. This encourages customers to bring back their empty containers to be refilled in exchange for incentives.
Switch to sustainable products
We can all be more savvy when it comes to filling our baskets. Things like shampoo bottles contribute to the nearly 5 million tonnes of plastic waste the UK produces each year.
Brands like Ethique are producing a range of great products that aren’t just cruelty and palm oil free but feature completely compostable packaging.
Ditch the wet wipes
Wet wipes cause more than 90% of sewage blockages, even packets that are labelled as flushable are doing huge amounts of harm. The problem has gotten so bad, these wipes have actually formed a new riverbed in the Thames.
Switching to a zero waste alternative could make a colossal difference if we all got on board. Things like reusable cotton pads and face cloths are all great ways to get started.
Around 2.5 million tampons are flushed every single day and it can take up to 500 years for tampon packaging to biodegrade.
While the idea of reusable pads and moon cups may sound a little off-putting at first, they’re super hygienic and easy to use.
One OrganiCup prevents the use of 598 tampons over 2 years, which is not only saving the planet but saving you a fortune.
Dedicate a day to being vegetarian
The meat industry’s detrimental effect on the planet is something that we can often overlook.
If everyone dedicated just one day a week to a plant-based diet, the scale of those negative effects could be slashed.
If you’re thinking of making the switch to being a veggie full time, you’ll need to pay attention to your diet, making sure you’re getting enough essential vitamins and minerals. Dependant on your diet choice you may need to supplement one or more of the following vits & mins particularly if you decide to go vegan; iron, calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon footprint and is the second greatest polluter of local freshwater in the world.
Buying vintage isn’t just a great way to do the planet a favour but is a great way of cutting costs.
Making a conscious effort to shop with ethical brands can make a big difference too.
Finally, bring your own reusable bags and shop at stores, like Holland & Barrett, who have reverted back to using paper bags.
Students can save 10% when shopping online and in-store at Holland & Barrett, all you need is a valid student card.
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