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Sustainability tips

Everyone can help play a part in improving our day-to-day sustainability. The changes we can all make to our daily routines are individually very small, but collectively can make a difference to the impact we have on the environment.

To get you started, we've included lots of examples of simple things you can do to help. We would be interested to hear about any changes you have made - email us at 3600@staffs.ac.uk.

Energy

  • Only switch on when required
  • When finished, switch it off
  • Consider energy labels when buying new
  • Maximise daylight and natural ventilation
  • Monitor and manage your usage

Resources

  • Buy Fairtrade and local/seasonal produce
  • Buy recycled products instead of brand new
  • Print less
  • Only buy what you need
  • Have a meat-free day

Water

  • Drink tap water not bottled water
  • Report/fix dripping taps
  • Boil only what you need
  • Take showers, not baths
  • Collect rainwater for grounds and gardens

Travel

  • Drive less and leave the car at home
  • Can you video or tele-conference?
  • Use the intersite bus or car share
  • Get business travel back on the tracks
  • Walk more, it's quick, free and healthy

Waste

  • Repair items
  • Avoid buying overly packaged items
  • Reuse and recycle items
  • Compost food and garden waste
  • Value your environment and don't drop litter

Procurement

  • Buy fairly traded products
  • Consider whole life costing
  • Buy environmentally specified logo products e.g. Energy Saving Trust
  • Replace and reduce disposal items
  • Don't impulse buy

Construction

  • Insulate your home
  • Reduce your footprint by investing in renewable technologies
  • Buying or renting a property? Ask to see the energy performance certificate
  • Decorate with water based paints
  • Buy Forestry Stewardship Council wood products

Food

  • Buy free range or organic whenever possible
  • Buy seasonal fruit and vegetables
  • Support local produce
  • Cook more meals at home
  • Grow your own or get involved at the University community organic allotments

Biodiversity

  • Visit the Staffordshire University Nature Reserve
  • Attract butterflies and bees to your garden by planting nectar bearing flowers
  • Feed the birds all year round
  • Compost your old vegetable peelings to make a rich fertiliser for your soil
  • Plant native trees