The journey begins

Climate Change affects all life on Plant Earth, and the choices we make today determine the future of our homes. Start small by making more environmentally conscious decisions. Environmental sustainability has been a growing interest of mine, and it is linked to many facets of human life. Whether it has directly affected you yet or…

5 sustainable UK buildings to visit

With a background in civil and structural engineering, my career passion has always been linked with building structures. A building’s operational energy far exceeds its construction energy demand, so there is a need to assess, retrofit or replace existing builds with modern energy efficient and sustainable buildings [1]. Sustainability needs to be considered at the…

Plastic and greenwash labelling explained

Misinformation and misinterpretation is rampant in product marketing. Studying engineering was very useful in clarifying some misconceptions and explaining the complexity with plastics labelling and treatment. Materials can be classified by their behaviour in the natural environment: biodegradable (breaks down due to biological action) or non-biodegradable (breaks down due to mechanical action). They can come…

10 ways to start your student eco journey

Young people are the most likely demographic group to respond positively to change, particularly on the global topic of the climate crisis. Students’ understanding of sustainability is likely to be expanded upon in studies, whether as a dedicated course or a topic within multiple modules. Life as a student can be difficult, balancing various academic,…

Sustainable moving out for University

If you are reading this article in preparation of your moving out date at University, then congratulations on finishing an academic year. Whether this is your first year or last, then preparation beforehand will help to ease stress from your moving day. Over the year, you may have accumulated many items, more than at the…

Minimalism university packing guide

Following a busy summer vacation period, September and October are the months in the UK where many people begin preparations to move away from home and enter full-time university life. Whether as a young or mature student, living and studying within the came grounds is an alien experience, particularly for whom this is the first…

Reuse ideas for old toothbrushes

Dentists recommended to replace the toothbrush bristle every 3 to 4 months [1], equating to many old toothbrushes over the course of a human lifetime [2]. For those currently using plastic manual toothbrushes, swapping to a bamboo toothbrush has many environmental advantages. However be wary of marketing claims that the product is biodegradable or compostable…

Environmental impact of smoking

Smoking has been scientifically and medically proven, alongside wide public acceptance, that it is a health danger. It increases risk of heart-related [1], circulation, brain, lung, skin, mouth, reproductive [2] and other cancers [3]. Series of legislation has resulted in the decline in smokers as percentage of the UK population [4]. Tobacco packaging comes with…

Sustainable declutter for end of school

June is the month where majority of UK students finish their academic year. With this brings the exam season for primary, secondary, sixth form, university or higher education colleges. Once exams are finished, a recommendation is to declutter and organise all the notes collated over the course of the year. You’ll be surprised just how…

Politics of recycling

Countries often boast of their respective recycling rates [1] as a way to demonstrate their green credentials. Companies also push the theme of recycling, using the phrase that their item is recyclable and investing resources to expand the recycling infrastructure [2]. The ripple effect has resulted in a fixation on recycling, instead of options to…

65 free first steps towards sustainable living

Sustainability and environmentalism, whilst overlap in many areas, are different things. Sustainability refers to “people, planet, profits” [1], addressing social [2], environmental [3] and economic [4] issues. This is seen in the UN Sustainable Development Goals [5]. Environmentalism [6] on the other hand, focuses largely on flora, fauna, habitat and resource conservation and biodiversity. But…