At Collarts, we've been investing in sustainability. With our solar panels at Wellington St Campus saving 27.9 tonnes of CO2 and generating enough energy to power four homes for an entire year since installation, along with supplying reusable coffee cups and water bottles to every current student and staff member, we believe being sustainable starts with actions both big and small.
Whether it's at home, at work, in the street, shopping, cooking or online, almost all activities can tally up into a carbon footprint. With this in mind, here's a few ways you can be more sustainable in your daily life and community to ensure you're making an impact for the better.
REMEMBER YOUR REUSABLE COFFEE CUP
Australians throw out 2.7 million single-use or disposable coffee cups every single day, which adds up to 1 billion coffee cups thrown out every year. The most sustainable way to drink your hot bev is using a reusable cup, with many accessible at different sizes and price points.
CURATE YOUR WARDROBE WITH THOUGHT
Putting thought into where your clothing comes from is one of the easiest ways to be more sustainable. Every purchase we make has an environmental footprint, from the sourcing of materials to the packaging that ends in landfills. So before you buy new, ask yourself if you really need it and try sourcing your piece second-hand.
BE WATER (AND MONEY) WISE
There's no better time to ditch single-use plastic water bottles. When you switch to a reusable water bottle and opt for tap water, you stop supporting bottled water companies; reducing the need for extraction of water and production of plastic bottles, which are notoriously harmful to communities and wildlife.
PUT THOUGHT INTO YOUR MEALS
Meat production is one of the most environmentally destructive industries in the world, responsible for massive amounts of water use, pollution, and habitat destruction. While going vegan or vegetarian is an impactful way to shrink your cost on the environment, planning healthy meals that are meat-free can be a fantastic way to reduce your environmental footprint.
MAKE YOUR VOTE AND VOICE COUNT
One of the best ways to spark change, today and for the future, is to make your vote count. You can do this by researching politicians and voting for candidates that align with your values. Urging your representatives to take action, signing and sharing action alerts, and attending peaceful protests are just some of the ways to make your voice heard.