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Tips to lead a Sustainable Student Life

13 February 2023

As the resource well runs dry, the idea of Sustainability has gained momentum globally. Social Media Ambassador Rida gives us her top tips on how to live sustainably as a student.

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As students and future decision-makers, we are assigned the mammoth task of changing our lifestyles and choices for the betterment of the coming generation. It may seem to be challenging to change your lifestyle completely, but it is the small decisions and choices which, in the long run, can create an everlasting impact.

So, here are some tips to help you switch towards sustainable life as a student:

  1. Ditch single-use plastic/cups: That to-go coffee or bottled water adds to the existing waste and your pocket. Remember to bring your reusable mug or bottle when you go out for a drink or to get more coffee. Don't rely on takeout all the time; acquire some cooking skills instead. You'll make better food choices with less saturated fat and sodium and use less single-use plastic packaging.
  2. Sustainable travel: Opting for sustainable modes of transportation, such as walking, biking or using public transportation, can significantly reduce one's carbon footprint.
  3. Shop Smart: It's tempting to get carried away with the newest student fashion fad. However it is widely known that the fashion business is a major source of environmental damage, carbon emissions, and violations of human rights on a global scale. These fads only last a few months before they become irrelevant again, expensive, and wasteful for everyone. Therefore, it's best to get your staple garments from eco-friendly, local or thrift stores.
  4. Recycle responsibly: Check the packaging, separate your trash, and take glass to designated waste disposals.
  5. Create a more environmentally friendly space in your room: Pull up the blinds and make the best of the sunlight. Make sure to turn off your chargers when they are not in use. Turn off the lights if you are going to be out for a while. Activate your computer's power-saving mode. Don't waste water by letting the faucet run while you condition your hair in the shower.
  6. Quit making copies and printing out countless documents: Borrow books from the library or read as much as possible on your smart device to help save trees.
  7. Minimize your consumption: Any time you have an overwhelming desire to go shopping, whether online or at a physical store, ask yourself if you need anything new. See if you can find a used one in good condition if that's what you decide. You can assist the earth and your wallet by purchasing previously owned items, and you might even be able to help the seller out in the process.
  8. Be a part of Sustainable initiatives: Join in on the campus's sustainable efforts by participating in sustainability-related activities and events. This can include volunteering at events and participating in and attending seminars and workshops on environmental issues. These initiatives can raise awareness, promote community engagement, and create positive change.

Find out more about the student opportunities that have a sustainable angle you can get involved with here at UCL.