There has been lots of focus recently on the devastating effects of plastic waste on the environment. From hearing that China has threatened to stop recycling our plastic to that image from Blue Planet 2, it is making me think about the impact of our everyday lives and things we do without a second thought. So I decided I’d do a blog about little things that students can do help reduce plastic waste, no matter how insignificant it might seem:
- Avoid using disposable cups when buying drinks at uni/the library. Disposable cups cannot be recycled as they have a plastic lining and according to The Guardian 2.5 billion are wasted each year. You can purchase a reusable mug cheaply from the Leicester uni shop or many other retailers such as Argos
- Make a sandwich or prepare other food at home and put it in a Tupperware container instead of buying something at uni which comes wrapped in plastic packaging
- Similarly, use a refillable water bottle instead of buying disposable ones. This will also save you a lot of money (free water > paying for water)
- On nights out don’t take a straw for your drink. Straws can’t be recycled and 70 million are thrown away each week, often ending up in oceans
- Recycle your household waste such as cardboard, glass etc. You can order recycling bags from the council which just get put out with the usual rubbish.
Of course there are so many more things you can do to reduce your contribution to plastic waste but these are just some which won’t effect your day-to-day life. Let me know if you have any more tips to help!