The coronavirus epidemic has dramatically changed the way we live. Many people have been forced to simplify their lives, but for people who are passionate about the environment, there are ways you can still be eco-friendly during this lockdown period. These include:
- Avoid buying lots of new stuff
It's hard to resist the temptation to go on a spending spree while in lockdown. It could be that you're looking for a way to keep yourself entertained during your time spent indoors. But buying unnecessarily can lead to a considerable increase in household waste, which often ends up in landfill.
Instead of looking for new things, why not sit down with that book you never had the time to read, or dust off those board games that you haven't seen in years?
- Grow your own vegetables
If you have a garden, a large kitchen, or even a window ledge where you can keep your houseplants, why not try growing your own veggies? Many household ingredients can be grown at home, and can save a lot of money in the long term. If you don't have the space for vegetables, a small herb garden can be a great way to add some flavour to your cooking!
Without the option of eating at restaurants or cafes, you may find food yourself with a lot more food packaging than you're used to. Take the time to check what recycling services are available near you, and do as much as you can to keep your waste from landfill.
- Research your purchases
Take the time to see exactly where your products are coming from. Large companies produce the vast majority of our planet's greenhouse gases, so finding companies that use recycled materials and packaging can make a significant difference to your carbon footprint.
- Buy fresh and locally grown
If you’re doing a lot more cooking recently, using fresh ingredients is a great way to reduce food waste. Locally sourced meat and dairy products have a much smaller impact on the environment than imported goods. Alternatively, why not try cutting meat out altogether? There are many plant-based vegetarian options available, and you might surprise yourself with what you enjoy.
- Cut down on water and electricity
If you have a lot of free time on your hands, ditching the dishwasher and tumble dryer can be a good way to save on water and electricity. Try taking the time to wash the dishes by hand, or hang your clothes out to dry. Take the time to switch off your electrical appliances when not in use. Keeping your computer or laptop shut down when not in use, rather than just letting it go to sleep, can cut down your electricity bill and carbon footprint significantly.
- Walk instead of taking the car
Missing out on the gym? Walking to and from the supermarket can be a good way to keep healthy and cut down on exhaust emissions at the same time. Bringing a large backpack or reusable bags to carry your shopping can save you money on plastic bags, and carrying your groceries home is a great form of exercise. Eco Chic offers a huge range of reusable shopping bags and foldable insulated backpacks to keep your shopping safe and keep down your carbon footprint.
We hope that the above tips will give you a starting point to help you waste less and reduce your environmental footprint, during the lockdown and beyond.