In the wake of an ever-growing social consciousness to the overwhelming damage we have done to our environment, it is integral that we all do our bit. Big or small, there are changes that must be made to our lifestyles to reduce the impact we individually have on the climate.
The catastrophic devastation created by the ongoing bushfires in Australia, radical actions of Extinction Rebellion and continual plight Greta Thunberg faces to be heard has caused the conversation around essential sustainable habits to grow. However, it is still nowhere near where it needs to be. It is time for words to become practice. At Stint, we believe responsibility for our own environment and future generations is of paramount importance. Here are our top 5 tips to making gradual changes that will go a long way.
CUT DOWN ON MEAT CONSUMPTION & REDUCE YOUR ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT
The impact of the Animal Agriculture market on ecological devastation of the environment is immeasurable. As an industry it stands as one of the greatest contributors of greenhouse gases, leading to increased air and water pollution and subsequently rainforest destruction.
Whilst global warming is the harsh reality of relentless human acceleration, small changes can be made to our lifestyles to collectively slow this process. Cutting out meat and phasing in plant-based produce to our diets is one of many things you can do in order to live more sustainably. Easy plant based products close to campus could include Gregg’s celebrated Vegan Sausage Roll and newly added Vegan Steak Bake.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY & SHOP LOCALLY!
Buying fruit and vegetables from your nearby shops can increase your involvement in the local community and will contribute to your local economy. This cuts down produce travel costs, emissions and means that you know where your food is coming from. Local corner shops and markets will have their own section of locally grown, organic produce, often slightly more expensive but always better quality than big supermarkets! If you do opt for local produce try and remember to BYOB (bring your own bags) and cut down on plastic at the same time!
Services such as Oddbox exist for those living in London with a goal of reducing the overwhelming levels of food waste in the city. They rescue the odd and ugly veg and deliver them to your door after not meeting the aesthetic expectations of big supermarket brands. By subscribing to a small veg box, you can save as much as 3 kgs of C02 emissions and 557 litres of water!
CARRY A REUSABLE BOTTLE AND/OR COFFEE CUP!
As much as we try to avoid it, coffee eventually
becomes a staple in our academic lives. Studying gets more tasking, word counts get longer and our fight against the alluring attraction of sleep gets harder by-the-day. On average, a student drinks at least two coffees a day, racking up painful bills in your favoured campus coffee shop.
Whilst the initial shock of buying the reusable receptacle might exceed what you think is really necessary - this will soon be washed down as you save 50p with every Pret coffee you buy.
Did you know you will never have to buy water again?! Forget about your Vos or Fiji
filtered waters, nothing tastes better than saving those precious pounds for something worthwhile, like that night out all your friends are going on, but ‘you can’t afford’ - you can, just stop filling up your room with water bottles you tell yourself you’ll recycle.
BOYCOTT FAST FASHION RETAILERS
However you engage with fashion, it is important to be aware when it comes to trying to live
sustainably when buying clothes. Some big brands often purport to be sustainable when releasing ‘conscious’ lines, however you must consider that the sheer size of their business and quantities of polyester used would suggest otherwise. Be wary of greenwashing and check out where these big companies are sourcing their materials and labour, advertising can often be misleading as fast fashion relies on the mass production of brand new clothing- so do your digging! Depop is a great place to find current fashion trends without encouraging more production of clothing and materials. Depop ensures a circular economy with a wide range of vintage clothing for a much cheaper price than online shops! Download it via the app store, start dressing better and save your cash.
Save money and protect the planet by supporting a fellow London start-up, Bulb - who provide affordable, renewably sourced energy in the UK.
Turn your lights off when you leave your flat/ house, no one is going to be there to enjoy the warm glow of your first year lava lamp when you’re out and about - so turn it off!
Also, save shocking water bills by taking shorter showers, resisting the urge to wash your hair everyday will do you, your bank balance and the planet the world of good. Written by Ffion Student Operations Team