5 Ways To Be More Environmentally Conscious As A Student

A photograph of the sea through the leaves of a palm tree, reminding us why we should be environmentally conscious

One thing I've tried to focus on here and while being a student is ways to be more sustainable and caring for the environment and wildlife.

It can be difficult at times to be completely sustainable as a student, or really just anyone on a tight budget, since being sustainable for the most part means spending more money than when purchasing less environmentally friendly alternatives. Which for most of us we can't afford on a regular basis since maintenance loans aren't an awful lot after the necessary costs are taken away.


But I'm here today to show you some ways in which you can still be sustainable and not have to step foot into your overdraft.

Thrifting

Obviously, this one would be here. Thrifting is a major player when trying to create a sustainable wardrobe but still, look cute. Some of my favourite pieces are thrifted finds actually. Though on some fronts buying an emergency pair of jeans because you've ripped your last pair from somewhere that's not sustainable is going to have to slide since sustainable new clothing can be on the pricy side. If you've got time to look for that end of a year ball dress, then charity shops are a great way of finding amazing pieces without breaking the bank.

Also, look out for vintage kilo sales. Some unis host then and tickets are cheap. I'm going to the one in Cambridge in September but there are more all over the country.


Plastic Changes

Honestly stopping using single-use plastic, at least where I can, has actually saved me a bunch of money. So it is really a no brainer for use student to make some small changes.

Glass water bottle.

Save money rather than buying a new plastic water bottle every week or more. As well you really don't want to keep plastic water bottles as much as non-plastic alternatives since the plastic of the bottle actually get in the water you drink and is not great for your health.

Lunchbox.

Not buying lunch out and making your own can save loads over the year. It's also a way to be a lot healthier.

Plastic-free cutlery.

Never have to worry about have a fork or straw when out. Even when I might have to buy food out since I miss calculated how hungry I would be on a day out.


Recycle

Though sometimes tricky to do in shared kitchen space since not everybody is taught as they grew up how to do the simple things like throw out the trash or wash the pots, in your room, it's all your own space. So having a general waste bin and a recycle bin can be a great way to be more environmentally conscious. Bringing a bin to uni is something I included in my Forgotten Items Of The University Checklist post. You can also use bags that biodegrade a lot quicker in your own bins as well, because well at least at my uni, you have to use their clear bin bags so they can see what you are recycling, or not in most cases.


Walk Instead

Depending on whether your university is a campus uni or a city uni will ultimately decide which form of transport you prefer to use while at uni, but there are always options to reduce your carbon footprint. For the most part, having your car at uni, if you own one, is not only expensive but also might not be the best form of transport depending on how busy the roads are where you are at uni. Of course, if you commute to uni then a car is probably your go-to transport and to be on time this is probably for the best, but for the rest of us, there are other options. And those options aren’t just the bus. Maybe dust off that bike that you haven’t used in years, or even just walk. Plus it’s also a great form of exercise for those of us who don’t want to fork out for monthly gym costs.


Embrace Meat-free Mondays


When I started out at university I still ate meat pretty much every day but now I’m vegetarian, all of this started by having at least one day a week without meat; for me, it tended to be a Saturday where I had more time to experiment with my cooking. And no this isn’t me telling everyone they should go veggie but even some kind of reducing consumption of meat [espically red meat] is reducing the impact of the environment. Just think if everyone on the earth, which is roughly 7.5 billion people, didn’t eat meat for just one day the impact we would have to save the environment which is struggling under the strain of the growing human population.

It can sometimes be difficult to be 100% when it comes to being 100% environmentally friendly especially as a student, but hopefully you've found something useful from this post even if you're are not a student.

What other ways do you try and look after the environment?


- Sophie

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