8 student-friendly ways to reduce plastic waste
Plastic, we're addicted to it! Good for a fling, and quickly disposable, much like a tinder first date. Chances are that plastic bag, straw, or coffee lid will end up in the planet's largest dump site, the ocean - clogging some poor turtle's airways. But we'll only take notice when the viral video floating around our newsfeed forces us to see it. Grim! Yet it's easier than you think to reduce your plastic waste, EVEN as a student. Here are 8 easy ways to reduce plastic waste (and save some coin at the same time).
1. Go VIRTUAL with ISIC
In a recent effort to reduce our own plastic production and waste, we’ve made the conscious decision to increase the cost of all ISIC/IYTC/ITIC plastic cards. That means you can purchase a virtual ID at the normal cost of £12, but if you want a plastic card as well, you’ll need to fork out an additional £3. Didn’t know about ISIC’s virtual IDs? As Notorious B.I.G. put it, if you don't know, now you know.
2. Say no to plastic utensils
Sunday hangover got you swiping right to potential food-baes on the delivery apps? Be sure to request NO cutlery with your order! If you can make it to the front door, you can make it to the utensils drawer in the kitchen.
Never be tempted by plastic cutlery during your lunch break. Pick up one of these re-usable sporks from Snow+Rock and carry it in your work or school bag (ISIC discount: 10% off in-store).
3. Save your 5p coins and avoid plastic carrier bags at checkout
This seemingly small charge has reduced the number of carrier bags issued in the UK from 7.6 billion in 2014 to a little over one billion in 2017-18! Let’s see that number drop even further by swapping to reusable carry bags (grab a FREE ISIC reusable canvas bag at the end of this blog).
4. Stop getting your coffee to-go
Don’t be fooled by paper takeaway cups, they usually have an inner plastic lining that can’t be recycled, not to mention plastic lids. If you’re running late to class/work/most things and must get takeaway, bring your own reusable cup to your local coffee dealer. Or go to LEON (ISIC discount: 15% off). They’ll pour your liquid gold, life energy into biodegradable, compostable & recyclable cups.
5. Bottled water is a scam
Tap water in the UK is the most rigorously tested in the world, actually making it safer to drink than bottled water. Plus, it’s free! Combine that with a temperature-controlled reusable bottle, and it’s a well-hydrated no-brainer.
6. Quit drinking out of straws
They suck big time. Do the ocean a favour and request no straw with your drink orders. We couldn’t be prouder of the Latin food-and-drink-loving restaurant, Las Iguanas (ISIC discount: 25% off), who recently decided to go straw-free. Big ups to them for serving delicious, straw-less cocktails.
Not a fan of having to lift a glass up to your lips (#thestruggleisreal #butisitreally), or paper party straws that go soft in minutes? Invest in reusable straws, problem solved.
7. Rethink disposable health and beauty items
Things like toothbrushes, disposable razors, and shower gels all have plastic-free, eco-friendly alternatives! Consider shopping at ethical stores like our fave new discount partner, Acala (ISIC discount: 15% off). They’re an all-natural online store with a mantra of plastic free and zero waste packaging. Items range from bamboo toothbrushes and charcoal toothpaste to shampoo bars (hello never-having-to-worry-about-the-100ml-liquid-limit at the airport again).
8. Lifehack: Use common household items as cleaning products.
Replace plastic-bottled cleaning sprays and detergents with every-day household dirt-busting products (and save some coin). Try lemon juice for kitchen counters and the sink, vinegar as a disinfectant and deodoriser in the bathroom and for the toilet, and baking soda for scrubbing your cooktop and oven. You can even sprinkle some on the carpets, then give it a vacuum and you'll be rid of any funky odours. These non-toxic cleaning products will not only save the planet but also your wallet!
*Want an eco-friendly, ISIC virtual ID? Grab one today; the first 200 people to purchase a £12 digital ID using the promo code "DITCHTHEPLASTIC" will receive a FREE reusable ISIC canvas bag.
ISIC is proud to be the ONLY international proof of bona fide student status on the planet – so whether you’ve got a virtual or plastic card, you’ll be unlocking thousands of discounts and deals on-the-go, all around the world.
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