Written by Emelia Powell
Becoming eco-friendly communities and individuals is something that we all need to take seriously. It may seem intimidating at first, but it actually is ‘easy being green’.
For many of us, moving to university is the start of our independent lives. You’ve got your own space, your own money, and you can finally live by your own rules. Here are some tips on how to use that newfound independence to help save the planet.
Recycling regulations differ from place to place, so recycling waste can become confusing. Whether you’re living in halls or a student house, taking the time to fully understand your new city’s recycling services is the first step (and probably the hardest) to becoming a greener student.
It’s no secret that the fashion industry is a major contributor to climate change. But with freshers approaching and a packed social calendar, you still want to look good! The solution to your problems is buying second hand; be it in charity shops or utilising re-selling sites such as Depop, Facebook marketplace and eBay.
The rise of ethical and handmade small brands using Instagram and Depop to sell their garments and accessories is another perfect opportunity to shop more consciously. Buying from and supporting small brands like these, means you’re getting a high quality, unique item whilst also supporting the business owners’ dreams.
The Food Shop
Ethical shopping also includes the weekly food shop. Buying local produce from greengrocers and farmers markets is a great place to start. Even zero waste shops provide you with higher quality food while drastically reducing your carbon footprint. These shops reduce packaging waste and help to boost the local economy, something we’re all being encouraged to do post-lockdown.
Local food shopping also means that you’re more inclined to plan your meals. Meal planning is a perfect way to reduce your food waste. Food waste not only wastes your own money, but also wastes precious water supplies. This type of waste causes eight percent of greenhouse gases worldwide – let’s try to reduce that.
It’s no secret that cars are one of the major contributors to global warming, climate change and pollution. They are, however, the easiest thing to ditch! Just the cost alone of having a car at university makes them rather unappealing. On top of that, moving to a big city means the likelihood of needing to use your car is almost non-existent. With cycle-share schemes, car clubs, and even electric scooter hiring possibilities up and down the country, it’s easier than ever to lower your carbon footprint, saving yourself a tonne of money.
Using Your Student Status For Change
Being part of a university gives you the opportunity to meet other like-minded students and incite real change for the better. Start by seeing what environmental societies are already up and running at your university. Joining a society is a great way to further develop your knowledge. Additionally, as a group, you’ll be in a stronger position to demand campus-wide change at your university.
If your university doesn’t have any pre-existing environmental societies… start one! Your passion could help inspire and unite others as well as leaving your university with a lasting legacy of change. Start the conversation with your student union about appointing an environmental or recycling officer within the team. Perhaps it’s a position you see for yourself or simply something you think your union needs.
How We Can Help
Phavour are working together with ‘Make it Wild’, a Yorkshire based conservation and nature reserve. So, roughly every time someone completes a Phavour through our app, we plant a tree on their behalf. Meaning we’re actively working to offset our carbon emissions as we grow as a company. The coolest part is, you can even go and see the trees that you’ve helped to plant, just by using Phavour.
Whether it’s an easy eco-friendly change or a long-term commitment, every effort, no matter how small, is working to ensure a better future for our generation and the next. Starting to live more ethically as a student means you will take your conscious outlook into the world of work as you graduate.
Take the first step today.
If you would like to find out more, or have any queries, comments, or concerns: we would love to hear from you. Simply head over to the Phavour website to get in contact with the Phavour team.