Green Week Update from SU President Hannah
Hi everyone! I wanted to update you on our first successful Green Week since lockdown!
We took a multi-level approach this year, doing a combination of service changes, awareness and education videos and posts, and events and activities for students to join in with.
Service changes, we brought back the Meat-Free Meal stamps, with double stamps running during the week to celebrate the relaunch. We doubled the Bring Your Own Cup discount in our coffee shops, and we doubled our Magic Stamps for customers who used a diary-alternative milk. Our shop teams also banned the carrier bag, encouraging students to buy and use reusable bags.
We filmed and released multiple videos online, both before and during Green Week, to show off different ways students can be more sustainable. Myself and Jamie went on a trip to a vegan fair and reviewed the products and prices, showing how easy and affordable it can be to be vegan. Some of our wonderful student volunteers, Emily, Jasmine and Jess, did interviews to tell us about their sustainability projects Wild Staffs, Great Green Gathering, and the Hedgehog Preservation Society. Katie reviewed vegan makeup on a budget, showing you don’t need to pay extortionate prices for good quality make up that is sustainable. Finally, our Venue and Events Manager Kerry tried our vegan shampoo bars and vegan conditioner from the Zero Waste shop and did a mini video recommendation.
As for events and activities, we had a variety of things on throughout the week to get involved in! Monday we launched our design a logo competition for our reusable tote bags. Tuesday the Officers along with SU staff and volunteers planted wildflower seeds opposite Squeezebox. Wednesday we ran a vegan fair in Ember square with a variety of stalls to choose from. Thursday we ran a sustainability themed Better Staffs Forum to see what YOU had to say about sustainability here at Staffs. Friday we ran a Green Crafternoon, and we also ran a Free Entry promotion for LRV if you brought in FoodHub donations. Saturday was Earth Hour, and Sunday we planned a Sustainability themed quiz round.
Some amazing stats from the week:
- 851 readers of our Sustainable News articles
- Over 2000 views on our Videos across Youtube, Instagram and TikTok
- We saw a 96% increase in Bag for Life purchases
- By banning the carrier bag, we saved approximately 375 carrier bags
- 54 meat free meals were purchased
- We saw a 26% increase in Bring Your Own Cup discounts given
Amazing work everyone!