Green Living

Shannon Frier

Image: FXU
Image: FXU

This academic year FXU Green Living has declared its War on Waste.

Every year Cornwall produces enough waste to fill the Eden Project’s rainforest biome 33 times. Plastics make up to 70% of the average household’s waste – the majority of which eventually ends up in the ocean. From chewing gum that never degrades, to cigarette butts that take up to 12 years to decompose, and BBQs left on the beach after sundowners, Falmouth has been listed as a litter hot spot in Cornwall.

A fact that many students are probably unaware of is that if seagulls rip open your black bin bag and spread the waste all over the street it is classed as you littering. Across Albany Road and down Marlborough Road has been reported as one of the worst littering sites in Cornwall.

This is why Penryn Campus has teamed up with Clean Cornwall to stop our University impacting the local environment.

Clean Cornwall is a partnership of voluntary organisations: Cornwall Council, local businesses, and the people of Cornwall. Clean Cornwall’s home is with Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC). Cornwall Council funds Clean Cornwall through the support of local businesses. Chaired by Lady Mary Holborow DCVO, Clean Cornwall is dedicated to reducing the visible presence and impact of litter, protecting Cornwall’s diverse landscape and promoting the importance of keeping our county litter-free. Included in the partnership is Surfers Against Sewege, BBC Radio Cornwall, the Eden Project, Mercedes-Benz, and Cornwall Chamber the business community to name just a few.

Throughout the year FXU Green Living and Clean Cornwall will be combining forces to educate and campaign against litter.

To celebrate, FXU Green Living has founded the Communications Tree that will be launched on the 4th of November. The idea behind this is to build bridges between all of the amazing student lead projects – from societies, to clubs, to active students. The aim of the Communications Tree is to help develop campaigns and green ideas to a professional standard by giving you opportunities to pitch to a larger audience, and develop connections with appropriate organisations and charities. The point in creating this networking platform is to give students opportunities to inspire each other and join forces to make real changes, whilst setting you up with CV building experiences. The Communications Tree meetings will consist of anyone who would like to share their green idea or campaign, and they will do a 3-minute pitch presentation to the audience, followed by a discussion in which you will have your chance to network. Quarterly FXU Green Living will present a summary of your green incentives to Clean Cornwall, which will open possible exciting opportunities for your project.

If you would like to attend the first Communications Tree meeting on the 4th of November, it will be happening in Exchange Blue from 12-1pm, and if you would like to present your campaign or idea please email