Now, more than ever, it is important to think about the future of our world. We hear about climate change and the negative effects humans are having on the planet all the time, but what can students to do help? What sustainable household items for students are out there?
Aside from campaigning, protesting and all of that amazing stuff that you already do, there are some cost-effective things you can switch out that you probably already have in your house to help the environment.
Reusable Makeup Wipes
Taking makeup off is a chore in itself, so don’t make yourself feel worse by damaging the earth every time you have to wipe off your stunning smoky eye.
You can buy reusable cotton pads or a reusable cloth which you simply add water or makeup remover to. Your makeup comes off as easily as usual and then all you need to do is wash the pad with some water, maybe a little soap and leave it to dry.
This eradicates wasted cotton pads and is also cost-effective, as you can stop buying excessive pads.
Sustainable household items for students don’t have to be complicated or expensive. Refillable bottles are the way forward. There are several companies now, such as Miniml and Fiils that will send you shampoo, shower gel, liquid soap, cleaning products and such in one bottle, then your next purchases come in a biodegradable or recyclable bag which you pour into your bottle.
This allows you to minimise the amount of one-use plastic bottles we are throwing away. These companies are on the front foot when it comes to long-term sustainability, so this is a great place to start.
Ever since we had to start paying 10p for shopping bags, we all seem to have been keeping our own little stash at home. That is great but, if you keep forgetting to take them to the shops when you go, you might as well not even have them.
Move your collection of shopping bags to somewhere that they are easily seen when you are going on the big shop. Whether this is at the front door in a pile, in the back of the car, or maybe even cut one out and fasten it to the welcome mat.
Tote bags are a great alternative too, if you don’t want the bright colours of the regular shopping bags messing up your entrance way.
We buy a new toothbrush every few months (or we should) and this can get expensive, if you want to properly look after your teeth. Additionally, most of the toothbrushes that are easily accessible in shops are plastic and cannot be recycled.
In this day and age, this simply won’t do. So, why not get yourself a bamboo toothbrush?
There are many amazing online shops, both independent and big name brands that you can buy from, that will lessen your plastic imprint on the world.