Single use plastic. The most maligned material of the past decade: everyone is talking about and everyone is trying to reduce it, including the saviors 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.
1. Go VIRTUAL with ISIC
In a recent effort to reduce their own plastic production and waste, STA Travel US and ISIC USA have made the conscious decision to eliminate ISIC/IYTC/ITIC plastic cards and go virtual. You can still purchase one of their new kind-to-the-planet virtual ID cards at the normal cost of $20. 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 utensils with your order! If you can make it to the front door, you can make it to the silverware drawer in the kitchen. Plus, never be tempted by plastic utensils 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 coins and avoid plastic carrier bags
While not implemented nationwide, this seemingly small charge on one the world’s #1 consumer products (along with retailers who have implemented their own policies) has helped reduced the number of carrier bags issued in the US. 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 to-go 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 US 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 favor and request no straw with your drink orders. 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-30z-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!