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Eco-Hacks for University Students

Take a look at these small environmentally conscious tips you can use during your time at university, college, or at home- some of them may even surprise you!

 1. Say no to Fizz

They cost a lot and you may not realise how much impact their production has on the environment. Try and only drink them as a mixer if you can!

2. Wrap Up

Vamp up your winter wardrobe with some cute and cosy hoodies and trackies – as if you needed an excuse! Saves on heating too – win win!

3. Tote Bags (Yes, a bit obvious, I know)

Carry a tote bag or keep an extra one in your uni bag just in case, to avoid buying unnecessary plastic bags. Having one on you at all times eliminates the temptation to buy more than you need.


4. Steal the Look

I know you’ve heard it a million times before, but why not try buying new clothes at charity shops, second hand shops or even online at Depop or Vinted if you’d like some more selection?

5. Something old, something new…

Buy appliances for your new flat on gumtree or Facebook marketplace. It helps the environment by cutting down manufacturing and saves you money. What’s not to love?

6. Reuse and Recharge

Have a collection of rechargeable batteries around the flat instead of disposable. They have 28 times less impact on global warming, 30 times less on air-pollution and 12 times less on water pollution

7. Freshen up!

Use face scrubs with natural granules like St. Ives face scrub or Clean & Clear’s #MorningBurst facial cleanser. Many products exfoliate using plastic beads.

8. Go Digital

As much as you love spending your student loan on that fancy stationary, make your lecture notes on a laptop or tablet to save paper. If this isn’t possible, invest in a voice recorder

  1. PDFs

Another way to save both money and paper is to read your assignments or readings as a pdf on a computer instead of printing them off

  1. Health and beauty

Invest in some reusable health and beauty products like cotton makeup wipes, washable cotton swaps and silicone menstrual cups

  1. Buy local

Support local artists by buying birthday presents or new flat décor on stores like Etsy and Not On The High Street. Who doesn’t love something personalised?

Blog By:

Erin McCusker

University of Glasgow