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RE:LOVE - Students reuse 940 household items and save ¼ tonne from landfill

16 January 2014

At the start of the year, new University of Westminster students in Alexander Fleming and Marylebone residencies purchased 940 items for their new homes preventing ¼ tonne of waste from going to landfill and saving the equivalent of approximately 200kgs of CO2.

The project, known as RE:LOVE, provides low-cost essentials, including kitchenware, books and stationery, donated by students leaving halls at the end of the academic year. All the items were offered for just 10p each, raising £94 to subsidise the future of the project.

The two RE:LOVE events were coordinated by 15 University of Westminster volunteers, who engaged 85 new students in a sustainability quiz on behaviour change and energy use. Elena Filipova, a biomedical science student and RE:LOVE volunteer said, “This was my first time volunteering, it was a great experience and the students who attended the stall were very happy to get discounted items for their flat.”

RE:LOVE saves huge volumes of unwanted items from going to waste when students move out of halls, and reduces the need for people to buy brand-new equipment. Through reducing need for new equipment, we save valuable natural resources and reduce our CO2e impact. The RE:LOVE Events were assisted by CRISP, a local charity and not-for-profit project which specialises in helping Universities and Halls of Residence to run re-use schemes across London.

Alex Fountain, the University of Westminster Sustainable Behaviour Assistant said “It is critical to engage incoming students in recycling and behaviour change thinking. Making a sustainable first impression can have a huge impact on student attitudes towards resource conservation.”

To find out more about the project visit our Sustainability blog and get involved in sustainability volunteering contact [email protected]

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