How to Be More Eco-Friendly in Your Student Accommodation
Published on January 24, 2018

Are you living your best eco-friendly student lifestyle? If not, here are some small and simple changes you can make in your everyday life that will have HUGE benefits for the environment.

Go on, the Earth will thank you for it.

Meal prep

Meal planning will not only help you to feel like a #mealprep GURU, but it’s also pretty frickin’ spectacular for the environment too. By only buying and preparing the food you need, you’ll dramatically limit your food waste and, as a result, your carbon footprint too.

Not sure where to start? There are thousands of great meal prep videos online. If you haven’t already, check out the Brother Green Eats YouTube channel.

Did you know? One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. In the UK, roughly 7.3 MILLION TONNES of food ends up in landfills each year.

Get swishing

Don’t worry, there’s nothing risque going on here. Swishing is basically just clothes-swapping on style steroids. Clothes-swaps are held regularly up and down the country and are great for both the environment and your wallet.

Why not get together with other residents in your student accommodation and arrange a clothes-swap of your own? Not only will you leave with a brand new wardrobe, but perhaps a new friend or two as well. Bonus.

Did you know? In a survey by Sainsbury’s, three-quarters of consumers admitted to binning their discarded garments because they didn’t know worn-out clothes could be recycled by charities.

Be creative

Upcycling is the perfect way to reuse materials and packaging that would otherwise be thrown away. The upcycling movement has really taken off in the last few years, and there are more online resources than ever before to help you get started.

When it comes to figuring out what can be upcycled, your imagination is really the only thing in your way. Upcycle That is a great place to get started if you’re looking for inspiration. The site features some of the world’s best upcycling ideas, along with loads of creative repurposing and reusing tips.

Did you know? 42% of kerbside bulky waste collected by local councils is furniture. Much of this is fit for reuse.

Set achievable goals

When it comes to protecting the environment, even the smallest changes to your daily habits go a long way. Why not try one of these eco-friendly challenges?

Invest in a glass water bottle: The ocean is experiencing a plastic plague. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Let that sink in (not literally). Buy a reusable glass water bottle and help save the ocean from more unnecessary waste poisoning the Earth’s most valuable resource.

Shorter showers: If the thought of cutting your shower time fills you with dread, we get it. If you can’t bring yourself to shorten your showers,turn the water off while you scrub instead. You’ll conserve water AND prevent your skin from wrinkling up like a prune.

Meat-free Monday: Cutting down on meat consumption has massive global benefits, including helping to combat global warming. Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney launched the Meat Free Monday campaign in 2009 to help raise awareness of the environmental impact of eating meat. Getting involved is as simple as saying no to meat on Mondays. What could be easier?

Increase your knowledge

Not all local councils share the same recycling guidelines, rubbish collection days, or offer the same recycling services.

Visit the government’s official recycling services hub to find out how to recycle household and green waste in your area. Here, you will find loads of useful recycling information, including how to check your bin day, how to get rid of any large unwanted items (very useful if you’re tossing out broken desks or electronics), and how to report a bin-collection problem.

Did you know? Up to 50% of waste in the average UK household bin could be composted

Student Property Experts

Looking for high-quality student accommodation in Plymouth, Salford or Dundee? Choose Mears Student Life. Our sites are fully managed, so you won’t have to worry about taking the bins out on time – it’s all sorted by our team. To secure your room for the 2018/19 term, get in touch with our team today.