Steps for sustainability

Explore below some easy steps to become more sustainable.

Opt for more plant-based meals and less meat when you can. 1 kg of meat requires 5,000 - 20,000 litres of water, so you can save more water by not eating a pound of meat than you can by not showering for six months! Read here.

Throwing away food causes methane to be released into the atmosphere as food stuff breaks down. The FAO estimates that as many as 2 billion people could be fed from the estimated 1.4 billion tonnes of food waste the world generates each year. Read more here. If you have to throw items away try composting!

Every year the fast fashion industry uses 93 billion cubic meters of water which is enough to meet the consumption needs of five million people. Read more here.

In the UK, 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are used each year, meaning that on average, using a reusable water bottle could save 156 plastic water bottles per year. Check the back of this pack for a voucher to claim your free coffee cup!

Walking and/or cycling is not only great for your health and wellbeing, it also lowers your carbon emissions and reduces congestion on the roads. Check out Sustrans for some tips on getting active.

Flying less and opting for 'fuel-saving' flight options could reduce as much carbon as taking 36.6 million cars off of the road. See Project Drawdown and learn more about the benefits of going flight free here with Flight Free UK. If you must fly, look into offsetting your carbon at sites like MyClimate.

Watch Climate Change – The Facts to get up to date with the science of climate change and the potential solutions. Additionally, Exeter has a whole range of opportunities to learn more about the environment, climate and sustainability. Check out our series of online courses on FutureLearn.

Find the area of sustainability that interests you and get involved. You could volunteer with a charity or society (see more the get involved section of this pack), or you could become a student member of CIEEM.