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Welcome to the BASc social media page! Also the real home for SustainableBASc!

Welcome to our social media page! We'll be sharing our Instagram posts here. While the subject of the posts will vary, this is the defacto SustainableBASc page! If you've got something interesting you'd like us to tell the world about, send us an email at basc-office@ucl.ac.uk and we'll post for you on our social media channels and here.





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By sustainability, many people think about plastic-free campaign and plant-based diets. However, this term has a much broader meaning. The United Nations (UN) defines sustainability as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”1. To achieve this, the UN has defined 17 goals2 which connect “economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection1.

BASc is a dynamic department which is already involved in sustainability but wants to have a greater impact. We would like to engage more with students and members of staff, to listen to their ideas, to organise activities and share tips and information on sustainability. You can follow us on Instagram and here. Do not hesitate to drop an email at basc-office@ucl.ac.uk for any ideas, information and comments! 

The Sustainable BASc Team

1 United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda

 2 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

foods to eat seasonal in May

Eating seasonal in May!

22 May 2020

One of the best ways to cut our carbon footprint is to eat fruits and vegetables that are seasonal. These are some suggestions for eating seasonal in May in the UK!

More sources:

Eat Seasonably

Paddock's Allotments

Love British Food

Welcome (back) BASc

Welcome (back) BAScers!

29 September 2020

Welcome (back) BAScers! The SustainableBASc team is back too with big plans for 2020/21, so if you’d like to get involved with what we’re doing, keep an eye out!

Seasonal food crops in the UK in October

Eating seasonal in October!

9 October 2020

Hi BAScers! If you’re in London, it’s very clear the seasons are changing! We’ll be posting food that’s in season towards the beginning of each month, so here’s what we’ve got for October. We originally hadn’t planned that everyone would be all over the place this year, so this is UK-focused. For those of you studying remotely, let us know where you are and what’s in season there in the comments!

It takes 6810 litres of water to make one pair of jeans

Water consumption in fashion

13 October 2020

From crops to the finishing process by way of dyeing clothes, fashion uses a large quantity of water. It generates pressure on the environment and people.
A pair of jeans requires 6,810L, which equates to what an elephant drinks during a month.
Cotton is one of the thirstiest crops. If you want to learn more about humans and environment impacts of cotton, here is an interesting video:

Hult Prize media

Hult Prize 2021

22 October 2020

Two years ago we had a group of BASc students go to Vietnam for the regional finals of the Hult Prize, and we hope some of you take up the challenge this year too! Can’t wait to see what you clever bunch come up with! Find out more at www.hultprize.org


What's in my wash?

27 October 2020

What can you do to reduce and prevent contributing to ocean microplastics?
1. Wash your clothes with care! Pay attention the instructions for each garment, wash them only when you need to, wash in cold water and air dry your clothes.
2. Choose clothes you love which are made to last! More durable clothing will shed fewer fibres.
3. Choose natural and organic fibres rather than synthetic materials, and use a @guppyfriend for your synthetic/non-organic items.




What's in your clothes?

What's in your clothing?

What we wear has an impact on the environment from the production of the materials and textiles, assembly, use, and disposal. Here are some interesting links to make you think about the materials in your clothing and their impact on the environment. What are YOU wearing?

Sustain Your Style - Our Fibre Eco-Review

How to choose better quality, sustainable fabrics - video

The real cost of your clothes: These are the fabrics with the best and worst environmental impact - The Independent

water pollution and fashion

Fast Fashion Water Pollution

3 November 2020

Lockdown can be hard, but it can also be a great time to reflect on our priorities and think about how we spend our time and resources. We wear clothes everyday, so even small changes to our behaviour can have a big impact in avoiding lots of the environmental, ethical and public health issues that arise in the fashion industry. What's one small change you can make to make a difference? (I buy second-hand clothes or swap them with friends to avoid the production and shipping of new items.)

Sources: https://issuu.com/fashionrevolution/docs/fr_whitepaper_2020_digital_singlepages


Wash your clothes with care!

Wash your clothes with care!

10 November 2020

We've all had that one white sock that comes out pink after being washed wit the wrong things, or more heartbreaking, the knitwear that becomes doll clothes after washing too hot. No? Just me? ... Keep an eye on how you wash your clothes in order to keep them in tip-top shape so they last as long as possible! Check out the tips in the links below. 

Interested in getting involved with SustainableBASc and our future projects? Email us as basc-office@ucl.ac.uk!

Sources: https://www.whatsinmywash.org.uk/what-can-i-do



Repair your clothes

Repair your clothes

17 November 2020

Everyone knows the old "reduce, reuse, recycle" mantra for sustainability, but we think it should also include "repair"! One of the most sustainable choices we can make is it avoid buying things unnecessarily, and repairing your clothes can make them last longer! Keep an eye out here for our upcoming workshops on repurposing unused clothing items to extend their life and get them back in your rotation to wear!

Source: https://www.loveyourclothes.org.uk/care-repair


Yasmin Jiang's Student Project Fund Work!

2020 BASc Student Project Fund recipient @yasmin.jiang had this to say about her project:

When I was stuck indoors under lockdown in New Zealand over the summer, I found out about the Margaret Mahy Illustration Prize. Margaret Mahy is perhaps the most beloved children’s book author in New Zealand, and the competition invites previously unpublished artists to reinvent her stories with new illustrations. I decided to take part with the help of the BASc project fund, which allowed me to take some online workshops such as character illustration and illustrated narrative techniques. I also bought some art supplies that I greatly enjoyed using.
I submitted two fully illustrated spreads plus a storyboard –  although I didn’t make it to the shortlist, I learned so much from doing this project. The workshops taught me new techniques and helped me develop a good workflow for my creative process. Having done these illustrations, I’m also more confident about taking on more creative projects, including working on a student-led volunteering project this term as an arts coordinator. I’m glad that the project fund gave me extra motivation to pursue this opportunity, and it reminded me of how much I enjoy working with my hands.
Links: https://www.hachette.co.nz/illustration-prize



We are delighted to invite you to take part in #shemzadigital, a new online artwork where you can create your own digital painting based on the work of  #anwarjalalshemza. Created by @aphrashemza & @s.f.batchelor. Supported by @aceagrams.