Sustainability Campaigns



On this page, you can find information about some of the sustainability campaigns that we support. If you want to give us your opinions on sustainability and environmental issues (both on- and off-campus), then please complete our survey!


NUS Last Straw

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You’ve probably already heard that many bars and restaurants are joining the global movement to eliminate plastic drinking straws from our landfills, streams, oceans and beaches. NUS has launched #TheLastStraw – a campaign to stop the unneccessary use of single-use plastic straws in our students’ unions and beyond. Here at Northampton we have removed plastic straws from all our venues as part of this campaign.


Fairtrade Fortnight

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Each year for two weeks over February and March, we participate in the Fairtrade Fortnight campaign to highlight the difference that Fairtrade can make to lives and communities.

At the Students' Union, we educate students on what Fairtrade is, and indicate the numerous products we sell and make use of that are Fairtrade.


Student Switch Off

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Student Switch Off is a not-for-profit campaign that encourages students to save energy when living in university halls of residence.

Energy-saving and recycling competitions are held at universities in the UK, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Italy, Bulgaria, Ireland and Lithuania, as well as our own here in Northampton. Visit:  to find out more or, for an overview of the initiative, check out the video below.



Earth Hour

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Starting as a symbolic 'lights out' event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature.It encourages everyone to switch off their electricity at 8:30pm on March 30 in solidarity with global efforts to halt climate change. Last year, the Students' Union successfully lobbied the University to switch off all electricity in buildings not in use.