By Molly Inglis
For the past month I have been interning with Keep Britain Tidy to assist with Waste less Live more week. I’ve really enjoyed being part of Waste less Live more, seeing the thousands that have signed up and all the great activities you’ve been doing, however today is sadly my last day in the office before I return back to university. To commemorate my time here I thought I would write a blog post on the 7 Waste less Live more challenges that I will be attempting to carry on into daily life.
- Ditch the disposable
The dreaded bus rides, library trips and 9am lectures are always made so much easier with a cup of tea or coffee in hand. One of my favourite orders of second year however was a medium iced hazelnut latte from the coffee shop on campus; something I think has to change. To help both the environment and my bank balance this year I will be swapping my takeaway drinks for my new jar pictured below!
- Break the bag habit
This is half to be better towards the environment, half to stop my dad asking me ‘is that another plastic bag you’ve brought’. I never intentionally buy the plastic bags; it’s always a matter of forgetting to bring one with me. To change this I will be making more of an effort to carry around with me a reusable bag. They say it takes 21 days to break a habit so we’ll hopefully see a non-plastic bag Molly in late October!
- Getting inventive Masterchef style.
My dad was previously a chef so I’ve grown up with a love of food and cooking. Being creative in the kitchen is already something I really enjoy doing at university. However this year I want to work on improving these skills I have. My aim is to be able to start looking in the cupboard and no longer see random ingredients but to start seeing meals.
- Plug Out
I have a pile of books sat on my desk that I’ve had on my reading list for a while; however I never seem to have the time to read them. To motivate myself to get back into reading I will be dedicating myself to switching off technology for a few hours a week. No TV, no laptop, no phone; just me, my bed and the company of a good book!
- Make your own
Earlier in this blog post I mentioned my passion for cooking, sadly this doesn’t apply to baking. Mary Berry would not be impressed with my baking skills; I have definitely produced a few soggy bottomed goods in my time. Nevertheless I believe with a bit of practice this can be changed, below is a picture of what is probably my first ever successful bake, let’s hope I can carry this on!
- Go For a Bike Ride
This is where I have to make a confession so brace yourselves, I can’t actually ride a bike. I know what you must be thinking when you’re reading this, what is wrong with you Molly?! My parents tried to teach me when I was younger but I was having none of it, I didn’t want to so never did. However, at 20 years of age I’ve decided this has to change, so with the help of my patient sister I will be learning how to ride a bike!
- Go Meat Free
I’ve chosen to save the toughest challenge till last. When I go back to university I will be attempting to cut meat out of my life, going vegetarian. This is a choice I’ve been thinking about for a long time, with vegetarianism offering various benefits to myself, the environment and of course the animals. This is not going to be an easy change; I attempted to go vegetarian last year and failed. However with some dedication I believe this change in my life is entirely possible!