As a student, you will certainly need adequate accessories to go to class. There are countless ways to demonstrate your environmental commitment. For example, have you ever considered buying a bottle? Choosing the bottle is a simple operation with enormous positive implications for the environment and for the wallet. Just think that it is estimated that 80% of the waste present in the sea is made up of plastic, of which 49% of disposable plastic, precisely that of bottles! Although many still distrust tap water, in Italy public water was ranked fifth best in Europe, in terms of quality. What you would put in your bottle would therefore be water of excellent quality, also considering that the absence of plastic prevents the proliferation of bacteria and any alterations in the flavor of the content in the bottle.
There are many innovative brands that offer eco-sustainable and even customizable water bottles. For instance, if you are on Erasmus in the city of Turin, we advise you to find out about the Hub bottles, made in steel as well and equipped with caps made with bamboo. Furthermore, by buying a water bottle from this Turin start-up, you will be given access to the HUB Water application, which will indicate the spots where you can get free water, among 800 torrents, 600 fountains and more than 60 affiliated bars (only in Turin). You can also have a look at 24bottles, their products are also really interesting!
Let's not forget the most fundamental accessory of all in this period: the mask. The world is facing a pandemic that no one can ignore. It is vitally important to remember to use the masks, and to always have some on hand. However, protective masks represent a new form of pollution that isn't exactly easy to treat. Consider that the masks are composed of three elements: the fabric, mainly made of polypropylene, a very polluting plastic material, the elastic bands and finally the metal bar that allows us to tighten the mask on the nose. These different materials create difficulties as they cannot be recycled at the same time. Namely, if you are studying in Germany, take a look at Armedangels' work. The brand is currently dedicated to the production of eco-friendly masks made with certified materials, like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. Moreover, by purchasing their products, you can participate in their fundraising for Doctors Without Borders—they are currently halfway to their goal of one million euros!