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How To Be Sustainable At University

Updated: Jan 12

Living a more sustainable lifestyle is important for protecting the planet and students can play a part in this change. There is no need to start shopping at expensive whole-food shops or buy new bamboo toothbrushes. Instead, there are small ways you can adapt your lifestyle to become more sustainable at university.

Here are a few achievable steps to take at first.

Reduce meat consumption

By reducing your meat consumption even slightly you can do your bit for the planet. Having weekly ‘Meat-Free Mondays’ or becoming a ‘flexitarian’ means you can lower your carbon footprint and save money.

Shop second-hand

Second-hand shopping helps to lower emissions and save resources such as water and energy from producing new items. Buying second-hand also prevents old items from ending up in landfill.

If you want to be even more sustainable and save costs from packaging and postage, Hazaar provides a student-only market place that allows you to buy and sell between each other, saving on packaging and delivery. This reduces waste and lowers carbon emissions, compared to other ways of buying clothes.

Storing food correctly

Storing food properly or going shopping with a meal plan in mind are two easy ways to save money on the weekly food shop and reduce the amount of food that gets thrown away.

Using up food before its expiry date and only buying what you need reduces your carbon footprint, as the food won’t end up in landfill where it contributes to greenhouse gas production.


Recycling is such as easy way to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfill, but only 44 per cent of household waste is recycled in England. Shopping with recycling in mind and trying to only buy products in recyclable containers can help you to reduce your general waste.

Recycling is one of the best ways to reduce your contribution to the climate crisis and it only takes a few extra minutes when sorting out your waste to make a difference.

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