If you or someone you know is a student trying to save, or simply a student trying to live more sustainably, read below our easy and practical tips for sustainable student living.
1. Ditch Disposable Products
Student living can be rife with disposable items like single-use water bottles, utensils, paper plates and more. We recommend opting for reusable alternatives, such as a stainless steel or glass water bottle, a set of reusable utensils, cloth napkins and generally long-lasting, quality products. These not only reduce waste, but also save you money in the long run.
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The classic rule when it comes to living sustainably. Familiarise yourself with your campus' recycling programme. Properly sort your waste into recycling and compost bins, and minimise your use of non-recyclable materials.
3. Energy-Efficient Appliances
If you have control over your living space, consider investing in energy-efficient appliances. These not only help save on utility bills but also reduce your carbon footprint.
4. Conserve Energy
Be mindful of your energy consumption. Turn off lights, unplug chargers, and use natural light whenever possible. Adjust your thermostat to save on heating costs and wear extra layers during the winter instead of heading straight for the heating.
5. Support Sustainable Brands
Always look for brands that prioritise sustainability. Many companies - and all the brands we partner with - focus solely on eco-friendly practices - from clothing to personal care products and more. Your choices as a consumer can drive change in the industry. Shop here by category or here by using one of our benefit icons.
6. Public Transport & Car Sharing
If your campus is large, or you need to travel around town, consider using public transport or carpooling with friends. Fewer cars on the road mean reduced emissions and less traffic, saving you time and money.
7. Reduce Food Waste
Food waste is something uni students are notorious for… be the change! To combat this issue, plan your meals and buy only what you need. Use up leftovers creatively, and if possible, compost food scraps. Also, we’d recommend supporting organic food sources and whole foods.
Sustainable student living isn't about making drastic changes overnight, but rather adopting a series of small, eco-conscious habits. By implementing these simple steps, students can reduce their environmental impact, save money, and contribute to a more sustainable future.