1. Use Reusable Things
It can be so easy to reduce your consumption of single-use plastics. UofG makes it even easier by giving out coupons for free reusable cups and straws! Other than that, you can get reusable cutlery, water bottles, and shopping bags. It doesn’t need to be complicated, it’s as simple as rolling up a canvas bag and putting it in your bag.
2. Use physical sunscreen
While I personally think you should use physical sunscreen first and foremost for your own health, the fact that it helps the earth is a pretty good reason too. The ingredients used in chemical sunscreens have been proven to contribute to coral bleaching, and as such have been banned in places like Hawaii.
Cute new fall clothes at a student-friendly price, anyone? Thankfully, just googling second-hand stores in Guelph produces an array of results. Especially with things like gameday clothes you might want to alter, it’s cheaper and more convenient to go buy your clothes from a second-hand store.
4. Eat local and seasonal
With all the amazing produce available, there’s really no need to buy imported food. We legitimately have a farm. You can visit the Guelph Urban Organic Farm’s market on Thursdays from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. If you can’t make that, the Guelph Farmers Markets runs on Saturdays from 7am to 12pm.
5. Use public transport
I hope you picked up your bus pass! Thankfully, we have access to free public transport here at UofG, but public transport is generally far cheaper than travelling by car. If you’re planning any fun trips with your friends, the bus or train is generally cheaper too! It can be a great way to reduce costs on a trip, but you also get a nice view and often more room.
6. Cut down on your animal product consumption
Even just lessening your animal product consumption (hello, meatless Mondays) can have an impact on the environment. We’re lucky to have plenty of options here at UofG, so it’s super easy!