1) Join the University in cutting plastic!
We’ve picked our favourite plastic-free tips below to help cut your plastic footprint and support the University’s pledge “Single Out: #2023PlasticFree”
1) Explore your local markets and supermarkets to find loose unpackaged veg!
2) Grab yourself a bamboo toothbrush – millions of plastic ones end up in waste every year!
3) Pop your homemade lunch in a reusable tupperware container and ditch those single use plastic sandwich bags!
2) Buy Fairtrade
Why not try and buy at least one regular purchase from a more local and/or ethical source? This could be from an ethical market or local independent shop such as a bakery. Looking for an ethical phone? Try Fairphone, a modular device built from ethically-sourced materials!
3) Active Travel
Active travel is a great way to lower your carbon footprint and support your health and wellbeing. View our blog post for some inspiration from Sarah Dennis, who often runs to work with her daughter Bethany in the pram! Why not try changing one journey a week to a form of active travel? This can be walking, cycling or running! Not sure where to change or shower on campus? Check out our Sustainability Campus Map for locations of showers and lockers.
4) Mindfulness (yoga or headspace)
Try to give yourself time with your thoughts every day. Yoga and meditation are great ways to clear your head of nasty thoughts. Try keeping a thought journal and writing all thoughts down. If they are written on paper you can allow yourself to forget about them, this particularly helps when struggling to sleep.
5) Leeds Bins app
Why not download the Leeds Bins App? It takes just 2 minutes and tells you everything you need to know about recycling, bin days and more!
6) Meat free Mondays
Veganuary can be quite intense for many people so why not try setting yourself a lower target? Meat Free Mondays are a great way to cut your meat intake and carbon footprint! If you’re already veggie, try milk-free Mondays?
7) Increase knowledge
You may be someone who thinks they already know everything Sustainability or you may be someone completely new to the topic! Either way, there is always new knowledge to learn! Staff members, why not have a go at our staff training module to learn more? (Visit “Teach”, “Organisations” and finally “Sustainability in Practice”). Students, why not explore sustainability in a discovery module?
8) Share knowledge
It seems these days like Sustainability is everywhere; on the news, TV and social media. But we can all do our part to teach others about the Sustainability challenges the world is facing. Why not challenge yourself this year to teach one person a day something new about Sustainability?
As well as parks, Leeds has some great urban green walks and nature reserves to explore. We also have a large number of outdoor societies you can join. The LUU Conservation Society has weekly events where you can explore areas in Leeds and help manage and conserve them.
10) Buying fewer clothes online (and in general!)
Buying clothes online can lead to large amounts plastic bags and plenty of greenhouses gases from transport. Why not explore more of your local charity shops for clothes? Reusing clothes rather than constantly buying new ones is a great way to cut down your carbon emissions – plus you just find that killer bargain!
Good luck and enjoy making 2019 your most sustainable year so far!