12. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

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This site was launched on 1st February 2017 – More blog posts coming soon!

Do you have an idea for a blog post about how NTU is working towards achieving this goal? We would love to hear from you – email GreenAcademy@ntu.ac.uk. 

Low-carbon diet: The food fad that’s good for the environment

If you aren’t already worried about climate change, you probably should be. Melting ice-caps, rising sea-levels and extreme weather – indicators that all is not right with the world, and us humans definitely have a hand in it!

Sustainability, low-waste living and plant-based…

PLASTIC PLANET LAUNCHES AT NTU

In April, Nottingham Trent University’s Sustainable Development Team launched the Plastic Planet campaign with engagement stalls at City, Clifton and Brackenhurst campuses. The aim of the campaign is to

BIOPHILIA – OUR INNATE CONNECTEDNESS TO NATURE

E.O Wilson’s Biophilia hypothesis (1995) posits that, as a result of our extensive co-evolutionary histories with our planet’s myriad inhabitants, we possess an innate desire to interact with other species and ‘life-like processes’. Hypotheses surrounding the numerous benefits of communing with our natural evolutionary heritage…

LESSONS FROM #PLASTICFREEJULY

It seems impossible to escape our disposable plastic lives, whether it’s the mountain of plastic covering our food & cleaning items to the micro plastic fibres in our clothes entering the water system every time we wash our clothes…

A MONTH WITHOUT SHAMPOO

On 1st January 2016, in a moment of madness,  I decided to take my new year’s resolutions to the extreme and made a commitment to give up 1 thing every month for a whole year. Any money I saved by not doing/using these things I donated to a different charity (that was related to whatever I was giving up that month). I documented my experiences in the form of monthly blog posts, one of which I will share with you below…

PUSH FORWARD

For many students starting their journey through NTU, how to get about once they arrive in Nottingham probably isn’t that high on their list of things to worry about. Certainly for me, back in the mists of time when I started at Uni I was far more interested in discovering my local Metal bands than researching bus timetables or bike routes. Until that is, about three weeks into my first term…

OVER 10 YEARS OF FAIRTRADE AT NTU

NTU is proud to be a Fairtrade University. Over the years, we have worked to inform our staff and students about the benefits of buying fairly traded products, enabling them to make an informed choice about the ethical value of what they buy. Some of the events we have run include a Fairtrade banana giveaway, a bake-off competition, afternoon tea parties, a t-shirt design competition…

PROJECT RE:FAB AND SUSTAINABILITY DIARIES

Have you ever considered how your clothes are made? How a small plant or even crude oil can be transformed into a piece of clothing that you are wearing at this very moment? Although there are different construction methods, one of the most known and common ways is called Cut, Make & Trim. A design will be sketched, a pattern will be made in paper form and transformed onto the fabric, the pieces will be cut out and assembled et voilà, done is your piece of clothing.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR FOOD WASTE AT NTU?

Nottingham Trent University, like most institutions and businesses, creates food waste. NTU work together in partnership with Wastecycle Ltd to reduce food waste and make sure any that is collected is then treated in the best way possible…

FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK 2017!!

Fashion Revolution is a global movement that runs all year long, but this week every year they focus on raising awareness and asking people to engage with their campaign for a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry. It all starts today – April 24th 2017 – which is the 4th anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, when a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1138 people and injuring many more…

AIESEC: THE WORLD’S LARGEST YOUTH-RUN ORGANISATION

AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run organisation. Founded in 1948, AIESEC is now present in over 126 countries and territories and is still growing. Over 70,000 students and recent graduates, each year, in over 100 countries manage an organisation that facilitates tens of thousands of international exchanges so that young people can experience and understand cultures other than their own…

LESS IS MORE, LOWERING FASHION CONSUMPTION

My interest in sustainability started over the summer when I was doing a spring clean of my wardrobe. After days of clearing out, I not only realised how many clothes I had, but more importantly how many that I’d never worn. The average person uses about 20% of their wardrobe, the rest hang there, unloved…

THE GREENHOUSE GAS MANAGEMENT PROJECT – EVERYONE’S A WINNER

On the evening of 7th February, I was lucky enough to be invited to the student presentation evening of the Greenhouse Gas Management Project, a great initiative and a perfect example of enabling innovation at NTU…

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO BE A MORE SUSTAINABLE STUDENT

The focus of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is of course sustainability, but what does this really mean and how can we help to work towards these in our day to day lives? In this blog post I wanted to offer some of the easier ways that students can help to make a build a more sustainable future…

FOODSHARE: GROWING TO GIVE

Our ‘Foodshare: Growing to Give’ allotment project was set up to provide a great volunteering opportunity for both staff and students at NTU! It gives everyone the chance to grow nutritious food while working with one of our local organic food specialists…

IT ALL STARTS WITH YOU

The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to ‘end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all’. A daunting task really. Seeing all these different goals and the 169 specific targets associated with each of the 17 goals it is hard not to feel overwhelmed with the responsibility an active contribution would bring. And what can one person do anyway…

LOVE LOCAL PRODUCE: A GROWING LOCAL ENTERPRISE

The NTU market is all about bringing people together. Greeting and meeting local traders, supporting and showcasing local charities, recognising sustainable efforts of the university, whilst joining up for one day a month for everyone at NTU to enjoy…

HOW THE SIP CERTIFICATE OPENED BY EYES TO WHAT ‘SUSTAINABILITY’ ACTUALLY MEANS

So, over the past few weeks I’ve been taking part in the Sustainability in Practice certificate (SiP) and it’s been an eye opening experience to say the least! As a Physical Geography graduate, I obnoxiously thought I knew tonnes about sustainability, after sitting in numerous lectures about Climate Change and ‘Environmental Issues and Impacts’, even doing my dissertation on Environmental Management. Little did I know that was just scratching the surface…

FASHION REVOLUTION WEEK 2017

Fashion Revolution is a global movement that runs all year long, but this week every year they focus on raising awareness and asking people to engage with their campaign for a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry. It all starts today – April 24th 2017 – which is the 4th anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, when a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1138 people and injuring many more…