As a student you may think there is not a lot you can do to positively impact the environment on a large scale, but that’s where your wrong. People don’t realise that it is often small changes to your daily life that can make a real difference. Our planet is beautiful and we should all try our best to do our bit for the environment in order to keep it that way. Also, being environmentally conscious is not only good for the planet, but studies show that it will also make YOU feel good (what a result). Here are a few things you can do to make a difference:
Use reusable water bottles/coffee cups
The variety of cute water bottles and flasks on sale these days should be enough to convince you to buy one. Having a reusable coffee cup or water bottle will not help the environment but also save you money as well. You can refill your water bottle at home or around campus (I’m sure like my uni, yours also has water fountains dotted around) to save you having to buy bottled water every time you need a drink. Lots of coffee shops also offer a discount to any customers who bring in their own reusable cup (seems like a no brainer to me).
Use tote bags for your shopping
Save yourself the 5p/10p charge for plastic bags and take your own tote bags when you do your shopping. I’m sure you’ve acquired plenty of freebie tote bags through your time at uni, so why not put them to good use. Tote bags are also a lot sturdier than plastic bags so you’ll avoid an awkward bag spilt when you’re only half-way home (bonus).
Walk or cycle
Instead of driving or taking public transport, why don’t you walk or cycle instead. This will not only cut down on emissions but you’ll also be getting in some exercise as well. And if that’s not enough to convince you then think of the money you’ll save on petrol and parking fees (sounds like a winner to me).
There are many organisations across the UK that organise events which benefit the local environment. For example, ‘The Wildlife Trust’ and ‘Litteraction’ organise events such as litter picking or caring for nature reserves (just to name a few). Volunteering will also look great on your CV as it demonstrates initiative and commitment.
Eat Plant Based
Going plant based does not mean you have to go 100% veggie or vegan! Studies have shown that cutting down on your animal product consumption for just 1 or two days a week can have a real positive impact on the environment. Consuming less animal products has also been shown to have a positive effect on your health as you’re more likely to get your 5-a-day in. If you struggle for ideas of what to eat then the BBC Good Food website offers plenty of suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.
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