Hello - this is something I am deeply passionate about as an individual and love to share my experiences.
As a student at NOCs I cycle daily. This not only reduces my carbon footprint but also is the easiest and healthiest way to travel round the city. I'd like to promote cycling in the city and also safe travel routes. To see what students think, I want to survey for interest about introducing a second hand bike loan scheme or a platform where graduating students can sell their bikes to other students. (This platform would be more specific and secure than free and for sale.) On longer journeys, I minimise my travel by car by taking public transport when possible.
I am famously known round NOCs to have a keep cup and/or klean canteen, on me at all times for hot drinks. I also bring a water bottle and, cutlery wherever I go. I'd like to encourage these behaviours by creating further awareness and as a student collective refusing single use plastics (SUP) and unnecessary packaging. #refuseforvictory. I would also like to make this easier for students by working with union outlets to provide SUP-free products and train all levels of union staff on sustainable practices.
Foodwise, I became a vegetarian about two years ago to try and reduce the demand on the energy-hungry resource intensive meat industry. I try to shop locally ( I receive a 'bitterne box' biweekly with local produce, and mainly plastic free). I also try to eat seasonally and grow herbs - looking forward to growing more fruit and veg this spring. As part of the student-led scheme, biocycle, I have a food waste bin and help on morning collections. I limit my plastic usage by buying items without it - I go to 'rice-up' wholefoods in town to replenish staples like porridge and, couscous as they have a dispenser system in place (something I'd like to put in place at the uni).
As well as being meticulous with recycling, you will often find me doing a mini-litter picks on my walks round the city!
I limit the number of new clothes I buy each year and try to buy quality over quantity. This is in order to reduce the energy cost in production and pollution caused by manufacturing process. If I need something for a social I have fun going round thrift shops with friends rather than popping into primark. I also wash my synthetic clothes (polyesters, acrylics etc.. ) In a guppy bag. to catch microfibres from escaping into the drain. (Microfibres are the most common microplastic western society that leach into the environment).
I use a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush, a safety razor (with replaceable metal blades), deodorant bar, solid shampoo and a hair conditioning mask for my hair. - all plastic free ! A keen advocate for the menstrual cup (they are honestly the best thing both comfort and financially, though it may appear gross). I don't wear make-up day to day only on occasion, Slowly, I am replacing my products with more sustainable and always cruelty-free alternatives. When out to dazzle I wear and promote biodegradable glitter (as opposed to microplastic variety).
- I hope I have demonstrated how passionate I am about sustainability, how I incorporate it in my daily life and, what I want to do to share my knowledge and make it easier for students to be more sustainable..
This question was also asked to Dave Williams, Olivia Reed, Qiaochu Yang, Isabella Camilleri, Iona McPherson, Miriam BarkerAnswered by Mairin on 26/02/18 00:41