Living sustainably as a student: 8 tips for everyday life
You want to live sustainably? We give tips for more sustainability in everyday life!
#1 Produce less trash
Sometimes it’s effective to just leave things out – trash, for example, if you want to live more sustainably. Producing less trash goes a long way toward protecting the environment.
You can reduce the amount of trash in your everyday life by doing without disposable cups like the classic coffee-to-go cup, for example. Plastic food trays are also trash that is difficult to recycle. Instead, use sustainable reusable cups and reusable food trays. More and more cafés, snack bars and restaurants are participating in such sustainable systems.
This way you can also avoid waste in a sustainable way:
- Shop in unpackaged stores
- Buy fruit and vegetables in bulk, so you don’t need plastic bags from the supermarket.
- Write a shopping list, so you avoid buying too much and throwing away food later on.
- Buy good quality clothes, electrical appliances, etc., which are more expensive to buy than cheap goods, but last longer and you don’t have to buy new ones as often.
- Avoid buying disposable products like disposable razors
- Get refills for soap dispensers, dishwashing detergent, etc. refill packs
So, as you can see, sustainable waste prevention is made up of many small, everyday steps. Reduce your consumption, be creative and see where you can replace a disposable item with a sustainable one: Straws, cutlery, bags – there are sustainable alternatives for all these household items. A golden tip in the household check is to generally switch from plastic to other materials.
#2 Do without plastic
Plastic waste pollutes our forests, oceans and parks, is difficult to degrade and harmful to health. Microplastics are particularly alarming: these are fine particles that detach from plastic objects such as coffee cup lids and penetrate the bodies of animals and humans. What they do there has been researched for years, but it is already clear that a world with less (micro)plastic is a much healthier and more sustainable one.
The good news here is that there are now alternatives for many plastic products.
These sustainable products are available plastic-free:
- Toothbrushes made from bamboo
- Chewing gum made from biodegradable materials
- Bowls made from coconuts
- Cake bags instead of plastic cake boxes
- Coffee cups made from rice husks
- Packaging made of wood and palm leaves
Most of these sustainable products are still being developed and marketed by start-ups. But the market evolves, more and more people are interested in sustainability. Be part of this development and replace plastic products with more sustainable alternatives. The greater the demand for these sustainable alternatives, the sooner plastic will be replaced as a harmful environmental material.
#3 Make products yourself
This is a great and inexpensive way to live sustainably. Because by no means do you have to buy all products, you can make them yourself with just a few ingredients. Most of the time, it’s also much healthier because you know exactly what’s in it.
You can make these sustainbale products yourself, for example:
- Dishwashing liquid
- Mosquito spray
- Tea lights
Here you can find a recipe for an organic sustainable mosquito spray: