University and moving out of home has been part of a multitude of conversations over the past month or so and I don’t think it will be stopping anytime soon. The days at home are quickly slipping by and thus the preparation for a new lifestyle begins (this Saturday!!!). As part of moving out, there comes a new responsibility of looking after myself and making my own decisions. Which is why I’ve decided to start this ‘sustainable student series’.
Transparency is going to be a key aspect to these posts because, ultimately, I know that there are going to be learning curves and things that I might not be able to switch or change straight away, hence why a series of posts will be more beneficial in the long run. One of the other main aims of this series is to find sustainable changes that can be done with a limited budget, something I’ve also been doing in prep for university. Moving out means being new goods for my university room, food for when I actually move in and realising that I don’t need to buy a great wealth of new items if I can bring some from home.
The IKEA shop was completed with all the necessary items like cutlery, glasses and storage. I want to try my hardest to buy containers in order to buy loose goods opposed to constantly buying, for example, porridge oats in a plastic bag. Waste wise, Tupperware boxes were also bought in order to be able to eat leftover dinners for lunch to save money and also avoid food wastage. I can make some student meals without waste on this blog if you fancied seeing any recipe posts (?) – but please let me know because I am far from a chef. I also think I’ll discuss food in more depth in later posts because then I’ll have greater knowledge of what it is like to buy food with hopefully less plastic and waste.
Stationary wise, a lot of the pieces I used for college are suitable for university so I don’t need to buy a great deal of new items. Office Monster kindly sent a few bits including my favourite pastel highlighters* and of course batteries*, an essential that I more often than not forget. I am also using a notebook from home In terms of taking things from home, although I’m not stripping my room bare, but I am going to be bringing some prints, photos and fairy lights to make the room more homely.
I also thought I’d mentioned toiletries in this post as well. I am trying to make more conscious changes when it comes to everyday items, not just makeup and hair care. I was gifted some bamboo toothbrushes* from Organic Basics that come to a cost of £3.50 per toothbrush. Although it is slightly on the pricier side, I do definitely want to continue using more environmentally bathroom products and hopefully I will be able to find some other alternatives that I will definitely be sharing. These deodorant sticks* from Coconut Matters that a) smell divine and b) are environmentally friendly are also a new change to my beauty routine. Each stick costs $16 although each are meant to last a quarter of a year so the cost does decrease when you think how long it lasts. I am excited to see how these compare to the spray deodorant that I have been using up until this point.
You may have seen my most recent post, about a few of my most loved items of clothing that I’m taking to university. I don’t need to purchase anything new and I’m hoping that it’ll mean I can save money on clothes, although it does help that Bristol is home to a plentiful supply of charity and thrift shops if I am in need of some last minute fancy dress costumes or clothing emergencies.
The prep for moving out is just part of the journey and I know once I’m at university it’ll be another learning curve. As I’m moving to Bristol which is a hub of whole food stores, shops that cater for refills and sustainable toiletries etc. I’m looking forward to making more sustainable changes but I’m looking forward to sharing about them more.
lots of love, Eleanor xx
ps. is there any student content you would like to see from my blog/sustainable lifestyle changes/updates?