More than just a buzzword, climate change is a real issue which will affect your generation and those to come – as students on a limited budget, it can be tough to live sustainably. Many of the changes you need to make can come with an added expense, but we’ve found some really handy ways for you to make more eco-friendly choices on a budget.
Limit single-use items
Things like cotton pads and carrier bags don’t have to be something you use and then chuck in the bin; spend a tiny bit extra and invest in reusable versions of these products, and keep them. In the long run this will actually be even better for your pocket. There are so many options now, and even the budget stores have started to stock eco-friendly alternatives to things we’re used to throwing away. Some more single-use items you can replace are:
- Water bottles
- Cotton ear buds
- Plastic sandwich bags/foil – use tupperware instead
- Shampoo/conditioner – opt for the bars rather than plastic bottles
Cut down on meat
Meat can be expensive, and it isn’t great for our planet – so cutting down on your meat consumption is actually a winner in many ways! We’re not telling you to go completely vegan or even veggie, but even having one meat-free day per week makes a big difference to your pocket and for Earth. There are so many tasty meat alternatives available now, still packed with protein, and the internet is full of fantastic vegetarian recipe ideas to ensure you’re still eating varied and delicious meals.
Batch cook your meals
This one is a real time saver, and it means you’re using the oven less often; ovens use a lot of energy, so they’re not very environmentally friendly. Batch cooking means you’ll always have food available, which can go in the microwave when it’s time for you to eat it – the microwave uses a lot less energy, and after a long day of studying you don’t have to spend ages standing at the cooker! Get it all done on a Sunday afternoon, then you’ll be extra prepared for the week ahead. It’s just one less thing to worry about during your busy student life.
Hit up second hand shops
Buying clothing second hand is a great way to be more sustainable on a budget; you’re preventing something from going to landfill, reducing the demand for fast fashion, and doing it all for a lot less than a Boohoo or Primark haul. There are plenty of charity shops in both Hereford and Gloucester, and of course in university cities across the country. You can find some really stylish bargains, so don’t be shy.
These are just a few ideas of how to be more sustainable on a student budget – we know it isn’t always easy, but it’s so vital that we all do our bit to save the planet and help combat climate change wherever possible!