Going Zero Waste as a Student

Many of us want to reduce our waste, but it can seem like a huge task, especially for busy students.

Frankie Desmond spoke to Masters student Helena Ruffell about her journey towards minimising waste, which she shares on Instagram @eatsleepsustain.

Helena was inspired to start cutting back on waste by “images of coastlines and oceans full of plastic… especially those involving marine organisms and seabirds.”

“Another big influence was the fact that our landfills will just keep filling up… There will be a point where there will be no room for our waste to go.”

Helena found some aspects of reducing waste to be challenging.
“I definitely struggled with having time to make my own lunch and going supermarket shopping.

It added a couple of extra minutes to my day but I thank myself now for taking that extra time, to avoid processed and greasy fast foods!”
Helena has also noticed other benefits from her lifestyle changes, alongside reducing her waste.

“I’m eating much healthier! I’m saving lots of money not buying processed foods, and I have a lot more energy as a result. It’s also really handy just popping out to the garden to get some herbs for dinner.”

For students wanting to minimise waste, Helena suggests moving away from packaged foods as a good first step. “Instead of buying packaged crackers, scones or muffins, you can easily whip some up on a Sunday night!”

“Bringing reusable bags to the supermarket is an obvious one, and you can extend this to not using a plastic bag for your fruit and veggies!

Just go without, or reuse the millions I’m sure are hiding out under the sink in the flat.”

For some more inspiration on ways you can cut back on waste as a student, check out some of the great ideas Helena has shared on Instagram @eatsleepsustain.

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