How to be green in your student home

March 17, 2022

Being green is something everyone should do in order to better the environment and the world we live in but sadly a lot of people aren’t sure where to start... That’s why we’ve put together this blog which should help you be more green whilst saving money at the same time! We’re positive that by following these tips you’ll definitely reduce your carbon footprint!

1. Reduce - Reuse - Recycle

The three Rs are thrown about quite a lot but some people are unsure of all of the ways these can be applied to your life. Here’s a breakdown for you:

  1. Reduce:  
  • Your water usage by taking showers instead of baths
  • Plastic packaging waste by buying items in bulk
  • Energy by turning down the heating
  • Paper usage by taking notes electronically
  • Meat consumption by making it a treat (if you are not vegetarian / vegan)

  1. Reuse:
  • Tupperware to store or carry food instead of sandwich bags
  • A reusable coffee cup in your local café, saving you money at the same time
  • Jars to store herbs/spices or sugar/salt
  • A reusable Covid mask instead putting them in landfill

  1. Recycle:
  • Metal, glass, cardboard, plastics etc using your local recycling service 
  • Plastic bags by sending them to Ocado
  • Plastic bottles at Iceland, Sainsburys and Lidl and get paid 10p per bottle
  • Old clothes, towels and beauty product containers at M&S

2. Selling / Donating

Instead of throwing away things you don’t need, why not sell them? You’d be surprised by the range of stuff that gets sold on sites like Ebay and Facebook Marketplace! Never throw your old clothes in the bin. If you don’t want them and they won't fetch you any money then try donating to charity. You can help someone else in need with something you were already going to ditch.

On the other hand, if you are looking to buy, you can also save the environment by purchasing things second hand. Sites like Freecycle and Freegle are great places to find free things like furniture or tools which are being given away by someone else who doesn’t need them.

3. Green Travel

Sometimes the simplest way to reduce your carbon footprint is just by changing the way you travel. Instead of driving or taking the bus, try an electric scooter or walk! Both these options are much better for the environment and can also be good ways of seeing more of your surrounding area.

If you want to take this a step further and look into your individual carbon footprint, you can use a carbon footprint calculator. These tools help you figure out how much you’d need to donate to a renewable energy project to balance out your carbon footprint and eventually become carbon neutral.

4. Renewable Energy Provider

The Bunch energy is 100% renewable, so you can rest assured you’re keeping green as part of The Bunch. With a smart meter installed in your property, your usage can be closely tracked - without the need to submit meter readings. We also send our bills electronically meaning we cut down on our paper usage!