In the wake of the lockdowns due to the pandemic around the globe, people have become more aware that sustainable living is possible on a global scale. It is just sad that it took a pandemic and months of being cooped up at home to realize how we have become too wasteful with our resources.
Lockdowns in certain countries showed positive effects on the ecosystem. The volume of water and air pollutants has considerably dropped, which can be observed in the water in the Venice canals and the improved air quality in almost any country.
With more hours staying at home, we can develop greener habits in our confined space the same as when we are free to roam. We can continue to be sustainable in our little patch of the earth. Below are four tips to make your life more sustainable in this pandemic.
Say no to plastic.
When you are staying more at home, you can avoid using plastic as much as possible. Drinking from a single-use plastic bottle is not needed when you can drink from the tap. To save more on the water for washing dishes, use your reusable water bottle at home.
Find things made of plastic that you use daily, like the plastic bath sponge. You can switch to a more sustainable option, such as the soap saver bag. It is an excellent substitute because of its natural bristles, which is perfect for exfoliating and can be part of the compost when done using. Click here to read more.
Grow a home garden.
Living in the urban jungle did not stop people from growing greens. Green thumb or not, you should try growing your garden. You can search for many videos online on how to regrow vegetables bought from the market or grocery. Growing your food helps create a sustainable environment by literally being productive at home during the pandemic.
Take up bicycling.
With more people working from home due to the pandemic, the number of cars on the road radically decreased and created quite a positive impact on air quality. Bicycling to work or doing your errands is a win-win situation for your health and the environment. It helps lower your carbon footprint and is a tremendous daily cardio workout as well.
Be energy efficient.
Staying more at home these days would require more energy. There are many ways of cutting down on energy use to save money and live eco-friendly at the same time. You can change your lighting to LED bulbs, which are more energy-efficient than traditional bulbs. Switching off your computer when you are done with your work, regulating the use of your AC, and turning off your appliances’ switches when not in use are simple ways of saving energy while at home.
Living a sustainable and environment-friendly lifestyle has excellent potential during the pandemic. These are just some of the easy steps you can take to start or continue a balanced way of life. Keep these good habits and then some more to give back to your little part of the earth.