10 Sustainability New Year Resolutions
A guide for University of Leeds staff and students to make sustainable change in 2018.
1. Go Reusable with KeepCups
Get a vibrantly coloured KeepCup from any of the Great Food at Leeds outlets on campus. Once you’ve bought your KeepCup, you get your first drink free and then 10p off every time you use it! Most disposable cups are lined with polyethylene which makes them non-recyclable, and even disposable cups that are ‘compostable’ require commercial composting to biodegrade. After just 15 uses of a KeepCup you’re saving energy, resources and reducing waste.
2. Get out more, get some exercise and see local wildlife
As well as parks, Leeds has some great urban green walks and nature reserves to explore. As one of the largest landowners in Leeds, the University campus also has a diverse combination of green spaces and woodland offering a variety of habitats for wildlife to explore. Why not take part in our annual Big Campus Birdwatch on January 26th, get a guided campus walk from the RSPB and help us to record the bird species on campus.
2. Get cycling!
Swap one car journey a week to walking or cycling to campus. Call in to our campus bike hub to enquire about bike hire, advice on getting started and bike maintenance. See our webpages for more information about the University’s sustainable transport schemes on offer.
3. Give time to make a positive change
Give an hour of your time a month to a make a positive contribution. There are many ways to make a difference- from getting to know your neighbours, helping a young person to improve their grades, befriending an older person or volunteering. Students can refer to Your Guide to Living in Leeds for tips on how you can get involved locally. Staff members can also make a contribution by becoming a Positive Impact Partner or School Governor.
4. Switch to fair products
Commit to sourcing at least one item you purchase regularly from a more local and/or ethical source. The University’s Great Food at Leeds outlets follow a strict food policy which ensures ethical, sustainable procurement of all food. Call in to a cafe or the Refectory and see what Fairtrade, locally sourced and great tasting food they have on offer!
6. Get digging!
Growing your own food is a simple and fun way to reduce your environmental impact and get fresh food all year-round. Call in to the Sustainability Garden and join LUU Rooted on Wednesday afternoons for an edible gardening session to pick up some tips.
Commit to recycling your waste and donating any unwanted items to charity. Need help understanding what you can recycling on campus or at home? See our handy recycling guides for tips about recycling on campus and city-wide.
8. Become a part-time vegetarian
9. Ditch disposable fashion
For your next clothing purchase, consider visiting a charity shop or a clothes swap event instead of buying new. You’d be surprised on what you might find! You could also consider signing up to a local sewing class and learn how to make basic repairs, meet new people and learns new skills!
10. Convince 3 friends to do likewise
Share your sustainable resolution progress; the easiest way to be even more sustainable is to double your positive impact by helping a friend to make the same sustainable change as you. Share this post through your social media and encourage your friends and colleagues to also make positive change.