Resource Use and Sustainable Food
In 2019, July 29th marked Earth Overshoot Day - the date where humanity's demand for ecological resources (such as land, animal products, food and forests) each year exceeds what our planet can regenerate in that year.
Every item we purchase and every service we utilize, uses up our planet's natural resources. Our current consumption and production patterns use up the equivalent of 1.75 Earths each year.
Trinity has adopted four objectives to reduce our consumption of resources and migrate to more sustainable food choices:
- Reduce paper use by 20%
- Increase sustainable food use by 50%
- Reduce large (5 gallon) bottled water use by 50%
- Reduce disposable materials use
Our Sustainability Report details the progress that has been made in their implementation.
Here are our top 3 green tips for reducing your consumption of natural resources:
1) Use a reusable coffee cup and refillable water bottle
An estimated 200 million disposable drinks containers are thrown out daily in Ireland - the Conscious Cup Campaign has a map of cafes and restaurants that offer discount for using your own reusable coffee mug. By refilling your bottle from the water fountains on campus you are helping to reduce waste from the production and disposal of plastic water bottles.
2) Shop secondhand
There are a slew of secondhand shops close to Trinity, which sell everything from books to clothing to kitchenware and more. George’s Street (off Dame Street) has 4 charity shops close by, and the clothes shop Siopaella has four locations between Temple Bar area and Wicklow Street. Shopping secondhand eliminates your carbon footprint as that is owned by the first person who bought the item.
3) Shop locally
Food sourced locally has a myriad of benefits: it's fresher, it uses less resources because it travels fewer miles to get to you and it contributes to stable employment in Ireland. To find local foods/ Farmers Markets you can click on the purple icons on our 'Green Map' or check into Foodture.ie, a Trinity startup that helps to connect people to healthier food sources.
UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 is to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
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