7 ways to reduce plastic waste with your ISIC card

Single use plastic. The most maligned material of 2018: everyone is talking about and everyone is trying to reduce it, including the saviours of saving students everywhere over at ISIC HQ! On top of introducing virtual cards, they’ve also secured all these discounts on products that will help your save money AND the planet. Plastic-free props, guys.


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In a recent effort to reduce their own plastic production and waste, ISIC have made the conscious decision to increase the cost of all ISIC/IYTC/ITIC plastic cards. You can still purchase one of their new kind-to-the-planet virtual ID cards at the normal cost of £12, but if you want a plastic card as well, you’ll need to fork out an additional £3. If you’re a full-time student, under 31 or a teacher, get yours now.

2. Say no to plastic utensils

Sunday hangover got you swiping right to potential food-baes on the delivery apps? Be sure to request NO cutlery with your order! If you can make it to the front door, you can make it to the cutlery drawer in the kitchen. Plus, never be tempted by plastic cutlery during your lunch break by picking up one of these re-usable sporks from Snow+Rock. (ISIC discount: 10% off in-store).

3. Save your 5p coins and avoid plastic carrier bags

This seemingly small charge has reduced the number of carrier bags issued in the UK from 7.6 billion in 2014 to a little over one billion in 2017-18! Let’s see that number drop even further by swapping to reusable carry bags.

4. Use your own reusable cup

Don’t be fooled by paper takeaway cups, they usually have an inner plastic lining that can’t be recycled, not to mention plastic lids. If you’re running late to class/work/most things and must get takeaway, bring your own reusable cup to your local coffee dealer. Or go to LEON (ISIC discount: 15% off). They’ll pour your life energy into biodegradable, compostable and recyclable cups.

5. Straight from the tap

Tap water in the UK is the most rigorously tested in the world, actually making it safer to drink than bottled water. Plus, it’s free! So why not pour it into a reusable bottle from the purveyors of PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING WE EVER WANTED TO BUY IN THE WORLD over at Hema. Plus, they also do eco-friendly washing up liquid. Legends. (ISIC discount: 10% off).

6. Straws suck, big time

Do the ocean a favour and request no straw with your drink orders. We couldn’t be prouder of the Latin food lovers and cocktail connoisseurs over at Las Iguanas (ISIC discount: 25% off), who recently decided to go straw-free. Not a fan of having to lift a glass to your lips (#thestruggleisreal #butisitreally), or paper party straws that go soft in minutes? Invest in reusable straws, problem solved.

7. Rethink disposable health and beauty items

Items like toothbrushes, disposable razors and shower gels all have plastic-free, eco-friendly alternatives. Introducing ISIC’s fave new discount partner, Acala (ISIC discount: 15% off). They’re an all-natural online store with a mantra of plastic free and zero waste packaging. Items range from bamboo toothbrushes and charcoal toothpaste to shampoo bars (hello never-having-to-worry-about-the-100ml-liquid-limit at the airport again).

Ready to help save the planet with an ISIC card? Head to our site to buy one, eco-warrior!