There are many things you can do to promote and support sustainability at AUT and at home.
AUT invites you to be a part of a more sustainable world. Find out how you can study sustainability across AUT's faculties and schools.
These tips describe what you can do on campus and at home to make a positive difference to a range of sustainability issues.
Who doesn't like discounts? Bring your own coffee cup to AUT cafés and get a discount on your coffee. You are also supporting AUT cafés that are Conscious Consumers-accredited for recycling, eco-packaging, BYO cups and containers, and vegan/vegetarian options.
Get involved in the AUTSA Sustainability Club, a movement that explores how we can make a difference to big sustainability issues.
Trees are our planet's lungs. Always choose double-sided (except for assignment printing) and only print when necessary.
Plastic is designed to last forever, but is often used for a few minutes and then thrown away. Limit landfill waste by investing in a reusable water bottle, declining plastic bags in shops, and choosing reusable shopping bags, plates and cutlery.
Public transport, cycling, walking, AUT shuttle buses and carpooling are some more sustainable options for getting around.
Reducing the amount of animal food products you eat (like cheese, milk and meat) supports the environment. Explore vegetarian options – buy meat-free meals from one of AUT's cafés.
Try growing vegetables in pots or in your backyard. Buy in-season produce to limit your carbon food miles and, when you buy food, think about whether it's been ethically produced. AUT’s cafés sell only Fairtrade accredited coffee.
Recycling is a common practice, but are you recycling effectively?
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We often throw a product away once it reaches the end of its useful life, creating a culture of wasted resources which puts pressure on our planet. Instead try buying second-hand goods, investing in quality items that are built to last, and upcycling broken or worn out items.
Consider buying items from companies accredited with the Ministry for the Environment’s voluntary product stewardship schemes.
Businesses can only succeed when customers are happy with their services and products. Research your favourite brands' stand on environmental and social issues, and bring any issues to the company's attention – or switch brands.
Use sites like Child Labor Free to find out if a brand or organisation is operating ethically.
Last updated: 23-Feb-2018 8.47am
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