There’s no reason to give up your 2020 goal of being more eco-friendly during Covid-19 lockdown. With millions of us staying at home worldwide due to the coronavirus lockdown, there are little green habits we can develop to help us with these goals. According to Helle Abelvik-Lawson, a UK-based campaigner at Greenpeace, “Your house or flat is just as much a part of the environment as the Arctic or the Amazon. So, if it’s the only bit of the environment you have easy access to, why not make it a greener place to live?”
Here are some ways in which every one of us can be eco-friendly during Covid-19.
1. Cut Down Energy Use At Home
Simple things like switching off your computers when you’re done with work, turning off appliances by turning off the switches means you’re cutting down on your energy use while at home. As the weather gets warmer, air drying your clothes instead of using a dryer, and washing clothes on a shorter cycle can also help with this.
2. Say No To Water Waste
The Covid-19 pandemic means we’re not only washing our hands more often, but we’re also potentially taking longer showers. Aim to take more efficient showers so you reduce your water waste. Turn off the tap while scrubbing your hands, and only turn it back on when it’s ready to be washed.
3. Give Your Car A Break If Possible
With everything under lockdown, ditching your car, for now, might be an easily achievable eco-friendly goal. Where possible, walk to your grocery store instead of driving. You not only reduce your carbon footprint, but you also get a bit of light cardio in. A win-win.
4. Nurture Your Green Thumb
No matter the size of your house, you can turn your house into a make-shift wildlife sanctuary by growing your own garden. In small spaces, you can regrow store-bought vegetables in water. If you have a bigger home, you can turn your balcony or windowsill into a mini-garden. If you have a bigger garden, dig a hole and turn it into a mini-pond for frogs and a drinking spot for birds. A DIY bird-feeder made with your children can make any sized house into a bird sanctuary.
5. Make Time For Spring Cleaning
This lockdown might be the best time to clean out your house like you’ve been planning to all these years. You can now take stock of what you have, what you really need, what you can reuse, recycle or give away. Your old glass jars and bottles can be upcycled for craft projects with your children. Toys made from single-use plastics are all the rage these days.
6. Organise A “Not So Fast” Fashion Show
To be truly eco-friendly during Covid-19, don’t panic buy clothes you don’t currently need. Instead, ditch fast fashion, and clean out your closet. Organise a fashion show with your family that could even be extended into a virtual event with your friends. Challenge yourself to fall in love with your clothes again. Be your own fashion show director and find unique ways to style clothes you already own.
7. Become A Master Chef
Now’s a chance for you cut-out on food waste and get creative with what’s in the cupboards. A virtual cook-off is in order, challenging your friends to play a virtual game of Master Chef. You finally have time to look at those cooking videos from your favourite chefs, and pick up Gordon Ramsay approved meals you’ve been dying to try. Why not try the leftover challenge where you turn what’s in your fridge into a restaurant-worthy dish? The sky’s the limit.
8. Take Up Online Activism
Thanks to everything moving online these days, you can still be eco-friendly during Covid-19 by taking up online activism, whatever your cause. Whether it is to cut out single-use plastic, saving rainforests, protecting endangered wildlife, or even cutting out your carbon emissions, virtual gatherings are the right place for you to show your love for our planet Earth.
Picking up at least a couple of these pointers and practising them at home is simple. Being eco-friendly during Covid-19 is not impossible. All we have to do is take one green step at a time. Which one of these do you think you can practice at home? Let us know in the comments.
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