Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Carry reusable items

From reusable coffee cups to bags for life, there are lots of ways to cut down on throw away packaging and single use items.

Reusable coffee cups

All hot drink prices in University cafés show the price customers will pay if they bring their own reusable cup; while customers without cups will be charged 30p to purchase a disposable cup.

Both University-owned cafés and Students' Association cafes accept all reusable cups.

Buy a KeepCup from a University or Students' Association café and get your first hot drink free.

Reducing waste is increasingly important to our staff and students. We are pleased to have changed our policies to now allow all reusable cups to be used in campus cafés, and believe that the charge for using a disposable cup will encourage more of our customers to 'bring their own'.

University and the Students’ Association
Reusable bottles

Reusable water bottles

It is University policy to provide free tap water in all the catering outlets and buildings and encourage staff and students to use tap water in preference to bottled water.

In June 2018, the University and Students' Association announced that more free drinking water points were being installed across the campuses to allow staff and students easier access to free water and to reduce the amount of single-use bottles used on campus.

Bag for life

Carrier bags are a visible aspect of litter. Their mobility means they end up in water courses and the marine environment, where they cause significant damage.

In the UK, there is a 5p charge for single use carrier bags. Save money and help the environment by carrying your own reusable bag with you.

Find out more about reuse at the University

Sanitary products

Free sanitary products are available from the Students' Association, including more sustainable options, like reusable menstrual cups. Using a menstrual cup instead of disposable options can save up to 980 pads or tampons over 4 years.

Find out more about free sustainable sanitary products

More reusables

There are many other products available to help you reduce the demand for disposables, for example:

  • Reusable lunch boxes for saving leftover food when eating out, or asking for takeaway food to be put in, instead of a disposable container
  • Reusable straws
  • Cutlery and crockery
  • Fabric napkins