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.”