MDXSU is working towards a brighter, greener future. We are dedicated to promoting and improving sustainability at Middlesex University and in the wider community, and have found that often it is little changes that have the biggest impact! Read on for some tips on how you can do your bit.
Save yourself some money: reuse cups and bottles! You can buy a reuseable cup from any of the coffee outlets on campus (or bring your own from home!) and you'll get a discount on hot drinks everytime that you use it. There are also plenty of places on campus where you can refill your water bottle - there's no need to spend a fortune on buying a plastic bottle everyday - and you can also find other local points to top up with the Refill App.
There is now a Love Not Landfill clothes bank on campus where you can deposit old or unloved clothing and textiles to be recycled, helping to reduce the amount of textile waste going to landfill site or burned in incinerators, which releases pollutant. The Middlesex University clothes bank is located on the basketball courts opposite MDX House and the Ritterman Building.
Buying Fairtrade products can make a real difference to producers in developing countries by getting them a guaranteed fair price for their goods and ensuring good working conditions. Buying Fairtrade products is one of the easiest ways we can show compassion and solidarity to farmers and workers in other parts of the world, and it opens our eyes to some of the huge injustices in the world.
You can find out more about Fairtrade on the Fairtrade Foundation website.
You can also buy Fairtrade on campus, with various food and drink options across campus. MDXSU's official Middlesex University merchandise range also includes lots of Fairtrade items, with everybody in the supply chain being paid a fair wage for their work - shop the range online here.
MDXSU supports over 90 student groups, including those are taking action on environmental issues. You can find all of our students groups and join online here.
Middlesex University provides free-to-hire bicycles for students and staff, which developed from a student idea in 2016. They're great if you want to green up your commute, or get around the local area.
The Green Impact Award is an initiative by the National Union of Students aimed at creating greener campuses, curriculums and communities. MDXSU has received the Green Impact 'Good' accreditation for the past four years. Middlesex University was also awarded a first in the People and Planet university league table.
“Middlesex SU have done some great work this year developing their sustainability activity in line with Green Impact. Their Environmental Project Group will be increasingly student-led, engaging a course rep from each department. Their headline campaign was Free Periods and this has focused on increasing the provision of reusable sanitary products as well as disposable this year, and promoting the environmental benefit of this. Their Love not Landfill campaign involved installing a clothes recycling bank on campus, which had to be emptied less than two weeks after it was installed, and will be further promoted by clothes swaps. Their bicycle loan service continues to be successful and this year has been extended into the summer months. The Hive Potential group has made great progress this year and have hired a community garden space co-funded by university and Students' Union - well supported by the SU in terms of resources resources and staff time and funding.”