Climate and Sustainability at LUU

Update March 2023

Sustainability: SUP Campaign

Sustainability Project Coordinator, Beth Cunningham, has very kindly provided an update on LUU’s Single-Use Plastic Campaign to share with all of you.

Within the update, it talks about the current stage, LUU’s Joint Plastic Pledge with University of Leeds, and the exceptional register and examples.

Update January 2023

14.12.22 Sustainability at LUU

Sustainability update - January 2023

As we head into the new year, Beth Cunningham, our Sustainability Project Coordinator, has provided us with an update on Sustainability at LUU: Where we are at and our goals for 2023.

To help Beth understand the most effective way to communicate our progress on Climate and Sustainability at LUU, please complete this survey on Sustainability at LUU.

If you have any questions regarding our Sustainability plans at LUU, have any suggestions or ideas, Beth would love to hear from you. Contact Beth via email at

Read more about LUU's Sustainability Strategy here.

Climate and Sustainability at LUU

Here at LUU, we are continually working to increase our sustainability activity and make significant changes towards reducing our environmental impact.

Against the backdrop of a global climate crisis, we believe it’s essential that as an organisation, we do everything we can to contribute towards a more environmentally sustainable way of life.

C L I M A T E   F R I E N D L Y   L U U

Building Renovations

Over Summer 2022, parts of LUU were completely renovated in what was called the 'Living in the Union' project. There was a huge focus on sustainability which shaped the outcome of many decisions. From the type of paint selected, to the sourcing of materials, it was important that the new refurbishments had a minimal or positive impact on the environment.

Watch the 'Living in the Union' video where Sue Stones, our Deputy Chief Executive, explains the renovations have been made to the building and what climate friendly decisions have made.

R E C Y C L I N G  &  W A S T E

Soft Plastic Recycling at Coop

People across the country have been visiting their local Co-op to recycle soft plastics like crisp packets and bread bags. It doesn’t matter where you bought them, just pop your soft plastics into our recycling units and we’ll do the rest. It means we can all do our bit for the environment.

Soft plastics recycling is easy. Just follow these three steps:

Rinse your packaging out.

2. Scrunch it

Scrunch it up tight - if it pings back, it's a useful indicator it's soft plastic.

3. Head to Coop

Pop it in Coops soft plastics recycling blue bin. Ask a member of the team to direct you towards it.

Examples of Soft Plastics:

Soft plastics are lightweight plastics that often cannot be placed in recycling bins at home. In fact, 25% of Co-op’s own-brand product packaging is soft plastic and can be recycled in store. This includes items such as:

The other 75% includes items like plastic bottles, tubs, pots, trays and caps. These are probably best recycled in one of our many recycling bins across the union. If you’re not sure, a simple test is to scrunch it up and if it pings back, it’s a useful indicator it's soft plastic.

To find out more about what you can and can't recycle click here.

Too Good To Go

Coops Too Good To Go bags are £9 for approximately £20-£25's worth of goods. 

Since using Too Good To Go, Coop have been able to save 136 Magic Bags of otherwise wasted food… that converts to 340kg of Co2 emissions.

Whilst this is a great way to prevent food from being wasted, our Retail Manager, Andy Harding, has been using Too Good To Go to keep track of Coops wastage. 

Andy said "if we are selling lots of Too Good To Go bags then that means we are ordering far too much food in the first place". 

Other Initiatives at LUU

Battery Recycling Point

 All types of batteries can be recycled at our battery recycling point, next to the batteries for sale in Essentials.

Period Product Donation Point

Location: Outside Coop

The products donated are collected by Freedom4Girls.

Coffee Cup Recycling Point

Our Cleaning and Recycling manager is looking into implementing coffee cup recycling points around the union. 

Recycling Bins 

We have a number of recycle bins scattered around the union.


At LUU, we try and make decisions with sustainability at the forefront of our mindset. 

Sustainable Products

H A V E  Y O U R   S A Y

Staff Suggestions

This is how it works...

1.  How can we improve LUU? You suggest a new, creative, innovative idea. 

2. We send that suggestion to the relevant member of staff for their thoughts. 

3. If we can, we implement the idea, we tell you and you win £20 in vouchers. 

4. If we can't implement the idea or we already do it then we tell you why. 

You can submit your ideas using this form.