It’s that time of year when uni prep is underway and, as a parent, you don’t know whether to cheer or cry. It’s a busy and emotional time. But what items have been packed and ticked off that list? Are any eco-friendly at all? The great thing about choosing more environmentally sound products is that it is better for the planet as well as your wallet… Something every uni student has to keep a close eye on! I could probably waffle on for far too long listing amazing eco products that you could consider but I’ll keep this short and sweet so as not to overwhelm and if you get on with these why not check out the 55 reusables I mention in this previous blog too? But for now, let’s look at my top 12 eco-friendly must-haves for university…
1. Reusable Water Bottle
A reusable water bottle is a must-have for every student. Instead of buying single-use plastic bottles, invest in a durable, eco-friendly alternative. The Happy Camper reusable water bottles are made from non-permeable, high-quality borosilicate glass which is lightweight, dishwasher safe and 100% recyclable. They come in stylish designs, with a handy anti-slip grip and aesthetically pleasing bamboo lid. These are perfect for staying hydrated during long study sessions and on the go.
2. Reusable Coffee Cup
For the caffeine enthusiasts, a reusable coffee cup is essential. There are so many styles and designs to choose from. You could go for one made from sustainable materials like bamboo or stainless steel or how about recycled materials like The Loving Co. reusable recycled coffee cup? Each cup is made from 6 recycled paper cups and it has a 100% leakproof screw-top lid with 360° drinking – pop it with one hand, sip from any part of the lid and carry on scrolling!
3. Recycled Notebooks and Stationery
Opt for notebooks and stationery made from recycled materials to lessen the impact on forests and reduce paper waste. The Eco Recycled Notebook and upcycled rubber pencil case from Veo World are eco-conscious choices that look good and do good.
4. Reusable Food Containers
Save money and reduce plastic waste by packing your own lunches or snacks in reusable food containers. The Stasher Reusable Silicone Bags and Stackable Bento Boxes are versatile and eco-friendly options for storing your meals on campus.
5. Beeswax Wraps
Say goodbye to clingfilm and aluminium foil by using beeswax wraps to cover food items. These wraps are washable and reusable, making them an excellent sustainable alternative.
6. Reusable Shopping Bags
Always keep a reusable shopping bag in your backpack or purse for impromptu grocery trips. There are lots of fab designs on the market just make sure you opt for one that is either made from organic cotton or recycled materials. These bags will always come in handy and are perfect for carrying groceries, textbooks, or any other essentials.
7. Biodegradable Toiletries
Make your bathroom routine more sustainable by switching to biodegradable toiletries. Look for eco-friendly options such as bamboo toothbrushes, plastic-free toothpaste, shampoo bars, soap bars and eco dental floss that are kind to the environment.
8. Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Consider using energy-efficient LED light bulbs in your dorm or apartment to reduce electricity consumption. These bulbs last longer and require less energy, helping you save on utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint.
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9. Reusable Menstrual Products
For individuals who menstruate, reusable menstrual products like menstrual cups, period pants and cloth pads are eco-friendly alternatives to disposable products and are far more comfortable, sustainable, and cost-effective.
10. Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent
Choose an eco-friendly laundry detergent that is gentle on the environment and your clothes. Fill is a popular brand and one which we also love to use. Their laundry liquid is biodegradable, made from natural ingredients, non-perfumed, vegan and refillable.
11. Plastic-Free Washing Up
Did you know that most ordinary washing-up sponges are made from plastic? Using these on your plates and cutlery not only releases microplastics into the waterways but may also leave them behind on the items you eat from. Luckily there are some fantastic companies leading the way with plastic-free options including one of my favourites called Seep and I can offer you 15% off any products with my code emmawrites.
12. Eco-Friendly Bar Trips
And lastly, we all know that uni evenings often involve trips to the bar or pub and these often involve single-use cups and straws which can be easily avoided by bringing your own. By taking a stainless steel reusable tumbler and reusable straw you will be making a difference with every drink you purchase.
By incorporating these 12 eco-friendly must-haves into your university life, you can significantly reduce your ecological footprint and make a positive impact on the environment.
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