Living more sustainably
Whether you’re a huge environmental activist or not, being a student can bring a few added challenges when it comes to recycling, reusing and reducing. Here are some incredibly easy ways to begin making changes to your everyday activities, so we can do our part in improving the environment.
Shannon Butcher – Journalism graduate
Reusable drinks cups
A simple way to reduce cardboard and plastic waste is by bringing your own water bottles and hot-drink flasks. You can purchase these pretty much anywhere on the high-street and even on campus, and the money saved on drinks pays for it in no time. There are also lots of water fountains across campus as well so there’s no need to worry about where to refill your water bottle.
It’s also not environmentally friendly (or good for your bank account!) to buy food every day, so just as you can bring your own drink containers, make sure to bring your food ones too. If you know you have a long day at university, get yourself a lunchbox and plan out a packed lunch before you go. This will save a lot of wasted packaging and a money as well.
Bags for life
When it comes to shopping, you can be environmentally friendly too. If you know where to look you can find lots of locally sourced food vendors across Lincoln, such as the Cornhill Quarter indoor market. You can find an abundance of fresh veg and fruits as well as butchers and fishmongers – It’s always fresh, you’re supporting small businesses and it’s fantastic for the environment.
Buy second-hand clothes
If you live with others, that means more meals and a lot more rubbish! So, why not cook together? Making one big meal to feed everyone instead of several separate ones can really help cut down on both packaging and food waste, it’s also a great, fun way to bond with your flatmates. This will mean buying food together, so why not check out our shopping tips.
The Estates team are committed to making the University more environmentally friendly.