How can I be more sustainable on a student budget?

We caught up with AUBSU Green Officer and second-year BA (Hons) Creative Events Management Student, Hannah Dodds to get her advice on how students can make a difference.

“With the increasing threat of global warming on our planet, we are looking to educate and equip ourselves on the ways that we can make a difference to help preserve and save our planet.

Below is a list of low cost and/or free alternatives, tips and tricks to help you live a sustainable lifestyle whilst here at AUB as it’s not always easy on a budget.


Did you know it takes 3000 litres of water on average to make just ONE t-shirt?

That’s a lot of water!

Whether you’re in Winton, Westbourne, Southbourne, or Pokesdown there’s plenty of charity shops you can go to. Buying second-hand can help to reduce your carbon footprint, and a shopping trip with your friends is always a fun way to find some hidden gems!

You can also unearth some cool gifts for friends and family shopping and even find homeware supplies like kettles and toasters from some stores.

If getting out and about is not your way to splurge on fashion, using online apps such as Depop (a free app where people sell clothes second-hand) or Vinted might be your go-to way to reduce your carbon footprint.

Considering about 900 million items of clothing are sent to landfill each year, there’s even more reason to shop sustainably savvy! Find out more about this on the BCP Council website

Swap Shop

Keep your eyes peeled on the AUBSU social media pages for regular swap shops on campus, where you bring your pre-loved clothes and swap with other students – the extra fun part is seeing your once loved shirt being loved again by someone else on campus.

AUBSU Instagram

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These are just some ideas to show off your creative flair on a budget.

Fashion websites:

  • Depop: Depop is an online store and app where anybody can sell their second-hand clothes, homeware and more.
  • Patatam: Patatam is an online website that provides second-hand verified-quality clothing at a fraction of the price to help reduce clothing waste.
  • Duvet Days Clothing: Ethical upcycled unisex fashion made from upcycled duvet covers, with a festival-wear vibe. Fun, creative and inspirational designs that are affordable.
  • Lucy & Yak: You might spot these iconic fashion companies’ dungarees all over campus. Independent and sustainable fashion, with tailors from India who are currently being paid four times the state minimum wage.
  • ThredUp – The largest online secondhand clothing store although this is based in America, shipping is available worldwide and you can even get Designer brands for under £50!
  • Terra Thread – GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic and Fair-Trade bags and accessories

Fashion stores:

  • British Heart Foundation, 344 Wimborne Road: British Heart Foundation is just one of the many charity shops on Winton high street. You can also find a BHF in Boscombe and Poole.
  • Barnado’s, 385 Wimborne Road: Arguably one of the best charity shops in Winton (not to say they don’t all have their gems!) this store is well organised and is a British charity which supports caring for vulnerable children.
  • Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Winton
  • Monsoon – (Monsoon were one of the founding members of the Ethical Trading Initiative)