Here at Honest Crust we’ve given a lot of thought to how we can do our bit for a brighter, cleaner future – and will continue to work hard at it. However, it can be challenging to know exactly what you can do to make a real change. We’ve interviewed three students, all participating in sustainability projects, who have shared their ideas about how to get involved. Make sure you don’t miss their top tips on sustainability at the bottom of the page too!
Emily Caddy is currently studying for a BSc in Film and Television Production at the University of York. For her dissertation she’s developing a series of short documentaries for the One Show which showcases young adults campaigning for a more sustainable and eco-friendly environment to help reverse global warming.
“Each short film focuses on a specific way we as humans are causing pollution and damage to the planet and offers solutions for how we can change our habits for good. Learning about sustainability and promoting it to my friends and family is a great help. But developing a project that I can take to The One Show is on a different scale and will reach older adults that aren’t necessarily surrounded by the younger online.”
The topics of Emily’s films range from veganism to period pollution to upcycling to food waste.
“There is so much happening right now about fighting climate change including Greta Thunberg’s school strikes and Extinction Rebellion,” she continues. “Scientists say we only have 12 years to reverse the effects of global warming. More companies need to take action. Honest Crust are tackling food waste which is a big contributor to climate change, as it wastes energy and resources. They’re also paving the way with fully recyclable packaging.”
Nancy Oliver studies fashion marketing at Leeds University and is currently on placement at a London fashion start-up called Rêve En Vert (French for ‘Dream In Green’).
“Learning that fashion is the world’s third biggest polluter gave me an incredible level of guilt so I began to research the ‘dirty secrets’ of fashion,” says Nancy. “It can take over 15,000 litres of water to grow the cotton to make a pair of jeans – who knew?! Consumers have become so used to buying new clothes all the time – there are over 100 billion fibres produced every year - and the planet is fast running out of resources to cope with this demand. The disposable nature of fast fashion also leads to tonnes of material ending up in landfill every year. I decided I needed to be part of the movement towards a more conscious apparel industry.”
“Rêve En Vert put the environment at the forefront with biodegradable, reusable and recyclable packaging, carbon neutral shipping, natural dyes and organic, plant-based textiles. Longevity is also a hugely important quality with trend-resistant pieces designed to be worn season after season. We also offer pieces made using up-cycled and recycled materials, like t-shirts made from post-consumer polyester and sandals made from leather off-cuts.”
“All companies need to rethink the way they package their products. Biodegradable alternatives to plastic may not be widely accessible yet, but there are things that can be done to make sustainability easier for consumers, like ensuring recycling information is clearly visible and communicated in an understandable way. Offering discounts for customers who bring their own flasks/cutlery/containers is also a great zero-waste incentive…who doesn’t love a discount?! As someone who has eaten enough falafel wraps to last them a lifetime, I think some more exciting vegan/vegetarian sandwich options are well overdue - but it looks as if Honest Crust have already cracked this! Bravo.”
Siân Hickey is a final year student at De Monfort University studying contour fashion (that’s lingerie, swimwear and sportswear to you and me!) For her final major project, she’s created a period-proof underwear collection with sanitary protection built into the gusset. It’s machine washable so there’s no need for throwaway pads and tampons.
“I think many women are unaware of the environmental impact of their periods,” says Siân. “Plastic applicators and wrappers that normally accompany sanitary protection either end up in landfill or our oceans. The underwear I created can be reused for 12 – 24 months so it significantly reduces the impact of having a period.”
“There has definitely been a shift in the fashion industry where both brands and consumers are now more aware of the impact of clothes,’ she continues. “Brands like Honest Crust can help with sustainability by being upfront and transparent about how sustainable they are and making their ethical and environmental attitudes well-known. I’m more likely to buy something from someone that is making an effort to be more environmentally friendly!”
Siân, Emily and Nancy share their tips on being more sustainable:
Living your best zero-waste, plastic-free, carbon neutral life can be somewhat of a challenge when you’re on a tight budget and having to juggle a busy schedule. But there are loads of things you can do as a student that don’t require much effort but will make a big difference. Here’s a few ideas to get you started: