How to be more sustainable

As students, embracing sustainability is a pivotal responsibility we hold for the future. By incorporating simple habits like recycling, reducing single-use plastics, conserving energy, and supporting eco-conscious initiatives, we can collectively create a more sustainable future.

Thrift stores in Enschede
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Green guide in Enschede
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How to recycle in Enschede
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More tips on how to be more sustainable in everyday life:

1. Proper oil disposal

Let's take responsibility for the environment and prevent oil pollution in water bodies that harm wildlife. To dispose of oil properly, seal it in a container, ideally a glass jar or the original bottle. Safely discard it in your black garbage bin or, even better, drop it in the designated bin at your local grocery store like Jumbo. Improper oil disposal can contaminate soil and water sources, leading to environmental damage and harm to aquatic life, while also posing health risks to humans if the contaminated water is consumed or used for irrigation. Together, we can raise awareness and make a positive impact by ensuring the safe disposal of oil waste. Let's protect our environment for a healthier and cleaner future!

2. proper electronics disposal

Electronics are notoriously difficult to recycle and that is why we never throw them into the household garbage bins. Grocery stores like Jumbo, Albert Heijn, and Lidl typically have bins for small electronics, like AA batteries. For larger items, head to the Carré building on campus, where you'll find an electronics bin on the ground floor of the side entrance. Let's work together to make a positive environmental impact by recycling electronics the right way!

3. go to the local market

Discover the joy of shopping at the van Heekplein market every Tuesday and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM! Here, you can find a delightful selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and cheese. Embrace the advantages of market shopping – not only do you support local farms and businesses, but you also save significantly compared to regular stores. Moreover, choosing market produce means opting for food that's closer to home, reducing its carbon footprint and ensuring maximum freshness. Experience a greener and more delightful way of shopping at the van Heekplein market!

5. buy things second hand

Students should prioritize visiting local thrift stores due to their significant contributions to sustainability. Thrift stores offer an eco-friendly shopping option by reducing waste and conserving resources. Purchasing secondhand items helps minimize the demand for new production, which is often resource-intensive and environmentally harmful. Thrift shopping aligns with a more sustainable lifestyle, making it a smart choice for students who care about the environment.

5. wash your clothes at lower temperatures

Heating water for laundry consumes a significant amount of energy. By using lower temperatures, you reduce your energy consumption and contribute to a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. As a result of reduced energy usage, washing with cold water can lead to cost savings on your monthly utility bills. High temperatures can be harsh on fabrics, causing them to fade, shrink, or lose their shape over time. Washing at lower temperatures can help preserve the quality and lifespan of your clothes.

6. set your PC to energy-saving mode when doing basic tasks

Optimize your laptop's energy consumption and extend its lifespan by setting it to battery-saving mode during low-performance tasks, such as taking notes at university, browsing the internet, or watching videos. Battery saver mode reduces your device's performance, minimizing power usage and making it a sustainable choice that has no negative impact, as long as you don't require maximum processing power. Embracing this energy-efficient approach ensures your laptop remains efficient and eco-friendly while serving your everyday needs seamlessly.

7. Donate your old clothes

Instead of throwing away your clothes, donate them to Kledingbank Enschede! Help those in need and make a difference. They even offer doorstep pick-up with plastic bags. Join us in supporting a good cause!

Guide on how to be sustainable in Enschede

Do you want to live a more sustainable life? Check out the guide below made as a collaboration between Green Hub Twente and Sustain. It contains a range of sustainable locations in and around Enschede as well as discounts and tips.

trash sorting printouts

Make a positive impact on the environment by using our informative printouts for waste separation! Designed specifically for students, these handy reminders can be placed on or above bins, making it easy to recycle and reduce waste effectively. Embrace sustainability and contribute to a cleaner future.

Don't know where to throw your trash? Check out this handy guide provided by Twente Milieu!