Reducing waste by consuming responsibly
When designing a product, a process or even a building some might consider waste a natural part of the design process. But this does not have to be the case. It is estimated that 80% of the environmental impact a product has is determined at the design stage so by considering this and moving away from ideas of built in obsolescence, fast fashion and traditional ownership could help us reduce the 80%. That is not to say items still won't reach the end of their usefulness but if we have designed products that are made from materials that can be remade/reused into new things then we could close the circle and design outs waste for good.
Watch this simple animation to see an explanation of how a circular economy could and is working.
Interface is one of our carpet suppliers. Find out how they are finding new uses for a critical waste problem as part of their Mission Zero.
The trend for single use items (particularly that made of plastic) is causing a massive problem for our oceans. (warning: dead birds/dissection)
The Procurement Team at the University are responsible for and committed to responsible, ethical and sustainable procurement activity both directly and through its suppliers. You can read more at on the Procurement Team's work at the website by clicking the link to the right. This included information on Modern Slavery and our tendering processes.
The FutureProof project run by the Sustainability Team aims to support departments embed the SDG's into their activities including Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production.
The Warp It project, run by the Estates Department, helps us reuse furniture across the University (an beyond) so that we do not need to buy new or throw away good quality items. Since we started using Warp It the University has saved over £750000 and an associated 363111KG of carbon dioxide.
A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.
Read the Environmental Audit Committee's report on how clothing consumption habits are impacting sustainability.
You carry it around everywhere, but do you know how wasteful your phone is? Read this article to find out more.