Students: how will you care for the planet this term?

First term’s in full swing. You’re well into studying, midweek partying, student life. But one thing is flaring in the back of your mind: the climate. It’s recently become a hot topic amongst the young generations, so what will you do to care for the planet this term? This short guide is written by a student like yourself and aims to give you some ideas.

Staying hydrated in an eco-friendly way

Keeping hydrated is important to stay refreshed and focused. Grab yourself a water bottle – not the plastic kind – and fill it up in the morning before you rock up to your 9am lecture half-dressed. A note about plastic: did you know that more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic are already floating in our oceans? 1 Finding a solution to the plastic problem would take an effort at least as great as the ocean itself, but buying a stainless steel bottle instead of a plastic one is a good place to start. It’ll save you money in the long term too so you can save for those nights out at the end of term!

Recommended: Skittle Bottle

The perfect gift for the environmentally conscious: The reusable flask made from stainless steel is BPA, PVC and Phthalates free and helps to reduce your carbon footprint…

In a previous blog we explore why straws don’t have to suck In the UK, at least 4.4 billion single use straws are thrown away annually. So, when you’re spending the evening at the student union bar, bring with you your reusable straw for life.

Recommended: Straw for Life

A high grade stainless steel reusable Straw for Life.

Just one Straw for Life to replace single use straws.


Food is no doubt a prominent part of student lifestyle. At the end of a long, intensive day of lectures, eating well is essential. Not only this, but during the day it’s a good idea to carry a snack with you and have your lunch prepared.

Part of being conscious of your impact on the environment is monitoring how much food you waste. Roughly one third of our food produced globally – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – is wasted.[i] We recommend cooking together with flatmates and storing food in reusable, eco-friendly boxes in the fridge or freezer. Rather than cooking every night, or having a ready meal packed in single-use plastic, try cooking for multiple nights – it saves a lot of effort and money!

[i] Key facts on food loss and waste you should know! FAO.

Recommended: Bamboo Lunch Box

Made from eco-friendly Bamboo, the fastest growing plant on earth.

Sustainable bamboo produces 35% more oxygen than most other plants.

There are many ways to be eco-friendly and care for the environment this term. Share what you do and how much you love the planet, make a big deal of it, because it could make a huge impact.

Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea. PLoS ONE.

[1] Key facts on food loss and waste you should know! FAO.

[1] Environmental effects of paper production. The World Counts.

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