World Nature Conservation Day 2022: Ways You Can Be More Sustainable
Today is World Nature Conservation Day which is celebrated annually on the 28th of July. If you want to make a difference and be more sustainable as a student, then stick with us! In this guide we will be discussing helpful tips on ways you can be more eco-friendly as well as discussing the importance of this special day.
Let’s get our green on!
About World Nature Conservation Day
World Conservation Day is an important national day which is celebrated across the globe. The day creates awareness about the importance of natural resources and the conservation around them.
Today our planet is facing issues such as climate change, deforestation, loss of habitat for wildlife, pollution and more. So, it’s as important as ever to make environmentally conscious decisions in 2022.
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Ways You Can Help Conserve Natural Resources
You can live a more sustainable lifestyle by following our helpful guide below – it all starts here!
1. Don’t Unnecessarily Use Water
Make sure you’re not wasting water in your student home, sometimes you may leave the water running whilst brushing your teeth or washing your hands, try your best to remember to turn it off when no longer needed.
Also, we know that everyone loves a bath, but they use up SO much water so try to opt for a shower where you can. It can save up to 1,500 gallons of water per year by only using water when it’s really necessary!
2. Limit Your Waste
Whether its food waste or clothing waste, try not to unnecessarily throw away too much. You can sell or donate anything that still has life left in it and recycle the rest. Don’t put recyclable items in your general waste bin, items such as glass, metal or paper products can be easily reused and made into new products!
To cut down on food waste, only buy food that you need and plan your meals accordingly. If your foods going to go out or date, put it in the freezer in tupperware. You can even plan meals with your housemates, so you split the food shopping.
In terms of clothing waste, don’t throw away wearable clothes, donate them instead or better yet, try to make use of them by repurposing them. There’s nothing wrong with wearing an outfit again and again!
3. Unplug Electrical Devices
Leaving your devices plugged in when you leave the house or are not using them wastes a lot of energy that could otherwise have been turned off and unplugged. So, before going out, make sure to unplug your devices from the wall sockets to save electricity.
You’ll also save money on your bills by doing this too (that’s if they’re not included in your rent). The Department of Energy have stated you could save 10% every month when you unplug appliances when not in use – not bad really, is it?!
4. Switch To Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
We know, it’s tempting to pick up the cheap and cheerful cleaning options in the shop, especially when you’re a student. However, cleaning products impact the environment a lot and can lead to pollution and waste due to the toxic chemicals and the plastic being thrown out.
Such as, it may be convenient to use single-use wet wipes like baby wipes and anti-bacteria wipes in your student home, but why not opt for a more environmentally friendly option? Get some biodegradable wipes or better yet, reusable wipes or cloths for cleaning up.
These days, you can get tons of eco-friendly and vegan cleaning products like bamboo dishcloths on sites like Amazon, so if you’re keen to make the switch then take a look for yourself!
5. Reduce Your Meat Consumption
Reducing how much meat and dairy you intake is a great way to lower your carbon footprint. We’re not saying you have to be completely vegan or vegetarian to make a difference but try to cut down where and when you can. For example, you could have a ‘Meat Free Monday or swap some meat-based meals each week for a veggie or vegan dish instead!
You can even switch to eating less meat rather than cutting it out altogether, especially red meats as they produce the most greenhouse gas emissions.
Most of the time, chicken, eggs, and pork have a lower footprint than beef and lamb so if you are wanting to consume meat then you could switch up what you’re eating. You can make positive changes by choosing plant-based foods over animal-based foods, why not try it?!
6. Reduce Plastic Use
It’s important to try and go #PlasticFree or reduce single-use plastic waste in order to take care of our planet. In 2016, the world generated 242 million tonnes of plastic waste – oh no!
Ways in which you can reduce your plastic use include avoiding buying plastic bags when you go shopping. Instead, take your own bags whether it’s a tote bag or re-usable shopping bag to put all your bits and bobs in. After all, who wants to pay for a bag when you’ve got a cupboard full of them at home!
You should also ditch single-use water bottles (yes, we’re talking to you students who go to Aldi and buy packs of water), bags, and straws and avoid products made from or packaged in plastic whenever you can. Instead, switch to an alternative like a re-useable water bottle or straws.
7. Travel Sustainably
You can be more sustainable as a student by travelling sustainably, opt for the bus rather than driving or getting an Uber. Or better yet, if it’s possible walk to your destination instead!
We know, it can be tempting to make use of the easiest option out of convivence because sometimes you just CBA to walk, but not only is it a more sustainable choice it will also save you some pennies too and its good for your mental and physical health – win, win!
We’re not saying you have to walk miles to get from your student flat to your lectures or seminars (luckily ours are located close by to university campuses). We’re just suggesting you think about your methods of transport and their impact on the environment.
8. Be Eco-Friendly When Washing Your Clothes
Washing your laundry (argh it’s the worst) in washing machines uses around 15-30 gallons of water per load, they also pollute the air and use up a lot of electricity.
Obviously, we all need to wash our clothes and we’re not saying you shouldn’t do this. However, try to only put a wash on when you need to, you can even choose to use a cold temperature cycle rather than a high temp wash to reduce emissions.
If you only have a few clothes to wash, why not put them in the same load as your flatmates rather than having a few tops on a quick wash, which in turn wastes water and energy.
When it comes to drying your clothes, you can opt to use a clothes maiden or hang your clothes out on the washing line rather than using a tumble dryer. As a recent study also found that dryer machines impact the environment as much as washing machines so they’re not much better either.
There are many other ways you can be more environmentally conscious such as by choosing to shop locally rather than big brand supermarkets or being more energy efficient in your student home by switching off the heating when it’s not needed.
Like we said there really is so many ways you can be to reduce your environmental impact, so have a think about ways you could change your lifestyle. Small changes go a long way, don’t think that your efforts are not making a difference, they are.
We hope we’ve helped you out, and we hope you have a great World Nature Conservation Day!
Talking about eco-friendly stuff, we have just the guide for you to shop ethically and promote sustainable fashion here. Check it out!
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