Sustainability is a key topic that’s receiving increasing attention, as it’s so vital we look after our environment.
Businesses are getting involved, from using recycled packaging, encouraging customers to refill their beauty products or promoting shared journeys such as Uber pool.
We can all do our bit to help keep the planet healthy. Here are some quick and simple ways you can contribute to the environment and help reduce our collective carbon footprint.
Say no to plastic! In the UK we are disposing of around 200 million tooth brushes each year (that’s a lot right?). It also takes up to a staggering 400 years for a plastic toothbrush to degrade. Even without doing the math you can imagine the sheer magnitude of avoidable plastic being dumped into landfill sites. Using a bamboo toothbrush is an eco-friendly alternative, plus they are naturally antimicrobial meaning bacterial growth is limited. It’s a win-win.
Ditch those plastic shopping bags and carry around with you a canvas shopper! They are way more durable than plastic bags and so much healthier for the environment.
We all know the joy of getting some nice new threads to add to your wardrobe, but this takes a chunk of your student loans or hard-earned cash from part-time jobs. Arrange clothes swaps with your pals to update your wardrobe for free, as well as being eco-friendly. Ditch ‘fast fashion’ for ‘slow fashion’ and bag yourselves some bargains.
Keepy cup for coffee
Those early morning lectures or late-night coffee sessions are usually aided by a caffeine hit but did you know that over seven million cups go to landfill everyday?! Investing in a keepy cup solves this issue and many coffee bars will actually offer you a discount if you bring in your own cup so you can save those pennies too.
Cook in big batches and freeze
Roughly one third of food produced gets wasted. Cook in big batches and freeze, then you’ve got a tasty supply to keep you going for weeks! You can even take it in turns and cook big meals to feed friends too. Sharing is caring after all.
You can also ditch plastic by scrapping plastic bottles of shower gel (hands up if you end up with multiple half empty ones) and use a bar of soap instead, which eliminates plastic waste.
At aparto we’re committed to sustainability as a core value. We’ve had some awesome events, such as a sustainable breakfast in Dublin and clothes swap in Reading. Last year we produced some great eco-friendly welcome gifts for our residents , metal water bottle pictured below! We've also got some great items for our welcome packs this year, keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.