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Our commitment to sustainability

LBSU are committed to sustainability and strive to make constant improvements for staff and students to reduce waste, increase recycling, and reduce our carbon footprint. Environmental sustainability is where the demands placed on our environment do not exceed its capacity for resources that last us into future. In other words, there needs to be a balance between what we take and what we give back.

Recycling bin on a cotton rug with dry oranges leaves fallen from trees

LBSU are committed to sustainability and strive to make constant improvements for staff and students to reduce waste, increase recycling, and reduce our carbon footprint.

Environmental sustainability is where the demands placed on our environment do not exceed its capacity for resources that last us into future. In other words, there needs to be a balance between what we take and what we give back. 

Imagine you gave someone some nice, fresh carrots and all they did in return was blow toxic gas into your eyes; I’d be raging! 

Our LBSU Volunteering Team always tries to offer opportunities to students that aim to make Leeds a better, cleaner and more sustainable place to live.

Small things make a big impact, so the Advice department try to have giveaways that are consumable! Branded sweets or toilet rolls or anything that can get their message across, while subtly lessening the impact of their campaigns on landfills.

Students at Leeds Beckett have already engaged with the SU to create environmentally friendly projects, like the uber-successful Eco Soup project. Eco Soup’s produce is sourced by the Real Junk Food Project, who collect surplus food from supermarkets so there is no excess food purchased which also reduces food waste. Funds gained from the project go back into it, making Eco Soup self-sustaining!

Even our gigs and events where ticketing is a factor, e-tickets and mobile scanning is the norm and is helping to abolish unnecessary paper waste. This mantra extends to The Hive, who host events as well giving students a space to meet up and study. They only give out straws when requested, a trend being adopted by many as a small but impactful way to reduce waste.

If you have any suggestions or comments, shout us on social media through the channels in our footer below. You can also submit through our Bright Ideas, the ways that you think we can make improvements.

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