With the world being consumed by COVID, Mother Nature is seriously loving the break she is able to lather in!
Some places in the world saw blue skies for the first time in many years, blue lakes and rivers like they’ve never seen before and our lovely little critters in the wildlife are getting a nice breath of fresh air to enjoy the world in how it was supposed to be. Whether the pandemic has inspired you, you’re looking at saving some money or you have made a conscious decision to walk lighter on this earth, I’ve put together a little list of ideas that can easily be swapped for a more sustainable lifestyle:
If you’re anything like I was, this is really hard. I often eat with my eyes, and when I have guests, want to cook for a whole army. To avoid food waste, portion control really goes a long way! Food is scarily one of the main contributors to landfill. If you do have food leftover, try turning the food into something else, freeze or compost what you can.
Think shampoo bottles, razors, face creams, tissues, menstrual pads, toothbrushes. There is a refillable, reusable or compostable option for each of these. Search for your local wholefood stores with refill shampoo stations, stainless steel razors with low-cost plastic-free blades, glass tube creams, handkerchiefs, cloth pads, menstrual cups and compostable or biodegradable toothbrushes.
Opt-in for walking, cycling, public transport or car-pooling (please not the last two until the world is well and healthy though!). Even consider weekly grocery delivery – this is only one truck, compared to 100 of us all going out at once in individual cars to do our routine shopping. Limiting travelling by plane also will help reduce your carbon footprint!
Ok, I have been so guilty of this too! Accidentally leaving my light in my room as I go downstairs for dinner that turns into 2 hours. Whoops! Turning off equipment, lights, unused PowerPoint witches, and any other electricals in the home will not only reduce your carbon footprint but also your electrical bills. Better yet, you could opt-in for solar or other eco-friendly technology options.
This last one is super vague, I know! Let me break it down:
●Bring your reusable bags everywhere!
●Try cutting out purchasing items with plastic.
●Shop locally and support small businesses.
●Modify the getting-out-the-door-mantra of ‘phone, keys, wallet’ to ‘phone, keys, wallet, keep cup, empty container, spare cutlery, reusable bag’.
●Finally, if you don’t need it, don’t buy it! Upcycling or repairing an old pair of jeans or shirt can really make you feel like a total wizard, but also the earth and your wallet will love you.
The smallest change can make the wildest means of impact in our world. Sending health, wellness and positive energy your way, and above all gratitude from mother nature.