5) Fast Fashion → Ethical Fashion
As a school or uni student on a budget, it can be hard to justify spending the money for an ethically made dress or handbag. It's easier to opt for throwaway garments that are cheap to make and cheap to buy. The materials, usually produced in developing countries, are often synthetic and known for shedding harmful microplastics as they break down. It's also very hard to trace the supply chain and the conditions in which these garmenst are made. Everytime I see a T Shirt for $2 I question how this has been produced and how much the workers are being paid. Thie beautiful Torju range is made from the finest organic materials, and these backpacks are vegan, cruelty free and perfect for everyday use at school or uni.
According to ABC’s The War On Waste, 36,000kg of clothes are thrown away in Australia every hour. Plus, it takes 2700 litres of water to produce one item of clothing. By investing in some quality staples, we can begin to minimise the increasing wastage from fast fashion.
6) Inactivity → Campus Action
This can be said for every school, university, or workplace; improper disposal of litter can be unsightly, costly, and harmful to the environment. Find out if your campus has a good recycling system. If nothing is in place, encourage your campus to label bins and provide free information so that no rubbish is placed in the wrong bins. Improving recycling is a great way for students to get involved and engage people in good sustainable practices.
You may even be interested in running events to raise awareness and change behaviours. A Repair Café, where broken things can be repaired; a Swap Party, where old clothes are exchanged; or screening a sustainability documentary where ideas can be discussed afterwards.
7) Plastic Bags → Reusable Bags
An easy one. If you’re a school student still living home, encourage your parents to make the switch to reusable bags. These reusable shopping bags are lightweight, compact and made from certified organic cotton. If you’re a uni student, pop a few bags in the boot of your car before you go shopping. Another easy switch is to bring your own Green + Kind Produce Bags to the supermarket and bulk food store; you’ll save money and reduce your overall plastic waste.
Australia uses 10 million plastic bags per day; causing irreversible damage to our oceans and landscapes. This is an enormous number that can be easily reduced with little effort.
8) Paper Usage → Electronic Notes
Many students take notes on laptops. But if you’re one to take notes by hand and you want to practice more sustainable habits, consider the switch to digital note taking. In addition to this, consider whether that expensive textbook you’re about to buy is really worth it. To cut down on paper waste, you may be able to rent it, buy an e-book version, or share with someone else. Encourage your school or university to go paperless to save money and help the environment.
9) Excessive Meat Consumption → Try Going Vegan for a Month
If you eat meat regularly, consider cutting back or try going vegan for a month. If you’re a student at home, encourage your family to reduce their own meat consumption for their health and for the environment.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the livestock sector is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”. Cutting back on, or cutting out, meat is one of the simplest and most effective ways to become a more sustainable student. Plus it's cruelty free which we love.