How to Live an Eco-Friendly Student Life
Life at university or college is the perfect time to establish some of the healthy habits that will serve you well throughout your adult life. With the world moving in a more sustainable direction, why not create the foundations for a healthy and sustainable future while you study what you love.
Recycle and Reuse
As we move closer to a sustainable circular economy, it’s more important than ever for students and consumers to recycle and reuse. Every product in the economy, from pencils to electric vehicles, has a carbon footprint that contributes to global warming so pay attention to outcomes.
Whether it’s your clothes, stationery, or household products, it’s important to keep them out of the waste cycle for as long as possible; this might mean buying and selling second-hand goods and upcycling where possible. It all contributes to our net-zero efforts.
Transport to your university and back to your accommodation every day can be expensive, it also contributes to your carbon footprint, but there’s a better way. Using sustainable transport or carbon-free transport helps to reduce your carbon footprint and improves your health overall.
Carbon-free transport includes bicycles, walking or running, carpooling, and public transport; there are other transport types like electric scooters that also qualify. Always consider the free healthy transport methods first, then the most sustainable powered modes of transportation.
Monitor Power Usage
It’s easy to get into the habit of leaving devices on stand-by or forgetting about your smart meter in favour of convenience, but if you are eco-conscious, it’s the little things that matter. Stand-by modes still use electricity when they are not needed, and smart meters are a useful invention.
Protect the planet and contribute to your student savings by switching your appliances and devices off at the mains. The less electricity there is coming through the mains system, the less carbon there is in the atmosphere. Also, smart meters encourage you to develop healthy habits.
Buy Local Food
Sometimes there is no alternative, you consume the things you want you have to order them online or buy them at the nearest supermarket, but if you want to be more eco-minded in your student life, it’s a good idea to find alternatives in your local area, such as local shops and restaurants.
Supporting the local economy wherever you mean supporting lowering carbon emissions, it also means supporting the local area because small brand shops and restaurants are more accountable to the local community and care about the area’s wellbeing – it also helps you to make friends.
When most people visit the supermarket, they choose the cheapest and most convenient cleaning products, but these products contain a variety of chemicals that are harmful to the environment. While they are effective at cleaning, the chemicals get into the soil and water.
The good news is that eco-cleaning products are growing in popularity and going down in price at the same time. Find a brand that suits your budget and only buy the products you need; it’s better to keep your flat’s cleaning products to a minimum, whether they are eco-friendly or not. You could also have a go at making your own.
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