Nine tips for a more sustainable lifestyle

Making sustainable choices is not as difficult as you might think. Read what you can do as a student or employee, to contribute to a more sustainable campus.

9 tips for a more sustainable lifestyle

  • Bring your own cups and water bottles

    1 litre of water and 1 litre of oil are required to produce 1 plastic disposable bottle. A lot of plastic also ends up in our oceans. Haven't got your own cup or bottle yet? Buy an Erasmug at one of the eating facilities on campus.

  • Print as little as possible

    And if you do have to print, print double-sided.

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle

    Sometimes it's impossible to avoid waste. In that case, make sure that you separate this waste. There are more and more facilities for this on campus. One way to reduce waste is to bring your own, non-plastic shopping bag when you do groceries at the Spar supermarket.

  • Turn down the heating

    Do you live or work on campus? Turn down the heating. 1 degree already saves 6% CO2 and 6% energy. And of course: participate in the Warm Sweater Day!

  • Switch off any lights you aren't using

    In more and more places at campus, the lights automatically go on and off, but not yet everywhere. If you see a light burning in an empty room or office: switch it off.

  • Computer use

    To spare your eyes and the environment, turn down the brightness of your screen while working. Taking a break from studying? Put your computer screen into sleep mode if you won't be using it for a while. For privacy reasons, it is also wise to lock your screen. At the end of the day, make sure to switch off all of your devices. 

  • Toss your cigarette in the special containers

    Did you know that it takes 30 years for cigarette ends to completely decompose? They also leak toxic substances into the groundwater. So throw them into the special cigarette end containers.

  • Hannah Anthonysz

    Travel more sustainably

    Cycle and use public transport whenever possible. On campus Woudestein, there are several charging points for electric bikes and cars.

  • Chris Gorzeman

    Eat more sustainabily 

    Eat less meat. RIVM recommends eating less meat for our health, as well as for reducing greenhouse emissions. No idea how to cook a sustainable meal? Erasmus Food Lab organises monthly workshops where you can learn how to cook sustainably.

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