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…

How to community volunteer painting

Are you interested as a volunteer to repaint your local community centre (including youth group centres, scout/ guides hut, community garden border etc.)? Or are you wanting to have your centre repainted but lack in resources and financial funds to do so? If either these two statements apply, then there could be a way to…

Review of The Big Lunch event

The Big Lunch is an initiative began by the Eden Project in 2009, to encourage communities to organise and host a community event once a year, fostering closer social networks and strengthening the local spirit [1]. These events are usually organised around the UK in the outdoors in the summer months, to encourage the local…

Many uses of a cloth

Fabric cloths are a very useful and unassuming item in the household. Below is a quick tip that our family has used for many years, saving us money and allowing cloths to be repurposed around the house as the item degrades over time. This can reduce the amount of single-use disposable paper towels, wipes and…

30 days of honey as face wash

This experiment was a result of both finishing my previous face washing product and having a surplus of honey that couldn’t be eaten. Honey is a commonly found kitchen cupboard item as eaten on toast/ porridge, but it also is an ingredient in some skincare products also. Honey is a output produced by bees as…

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…