How To Be More Sustainable During Lockdown
For many of us, COVID-19 has changed the way we live, shaken up our routines and shifted our perspective. We can no longer greet our friends with open arms or share our homes with those in need. But, even with all of this happening right in front of us, we know that it will soon pass.
Although the pandemic will reach its end, the actions that we have taken (and continue to take) during this time could change things for the planet – forever.
That is why, in today’s blog, we will be sharing a few of our favourite ways to be more sustainable during lockdown – and after!
With these quick tips, you can be a hero to our planet. Make a positive difference with each choice you make!
Let’s start by talking about the bad news:
- Waste, such as single-use personal protective equipment (PPE), surgical mask, wipes and more have started to flood our ocean.
- COVID-19 has increased the amount of plastic used globally.
- Household food waste is more common as people begin to “stock up”.
And the good:
- We can act now and make a change!
Masks, Wipes, Cleaning Supplies & More:
When talking about COVID-19, it is almost impossible to not bring up masks.
Surgical facemasks serve a brilliant purpose and protect those who wear them, along with others around them. However, most of the masks we see used today are only recommended to be worn for 3 hours. They are then tossed into your household waste bin. That means their lifespan is less than that of a mayfly!
The build-up of masks that have ended up in landfill has only grown and grown. We are now seeing them on the sides of our streets, floors of shops and – arguable the worst of all – directly into our oceans.
Now, it is not all doom and gloom because there are alternatives available that have been made with the planet in mind.
Here is a list of 10 small, sustainable businesses who sell reusable masks.
When it comes to cleaning down carts or filling up your car you may be quick to grab disposable wipes and gloves to protect yourself from the virus and other germs. However, there are more sustainable options!
If you keep a cloth or old t-shirt and disinfectant spray with you in a tote bag you can achieve the same effect without having to place anything into a landfill.
We usually keep ours in the boot of our car and pull it out when needed. These climate-friendly products are an excellent alternative because they’re probably things you already have laying around your home!
Once you arrive home simply grab the tote bag out of your car and quickly toss your items in the wash – then pull them out once it is time to hit the road again and let the cycle repeat itself!
Like most sustainable choices, these options require a little bit of planning ahead. However, these small changes can have a massive impact on the future of our planet.
Plastic Free Options:
Here at Huskup, we live and breathe the plastic-free message every day of the year. After seeing the increased amount of plastic packaging that came as a response to the virus – we felt like it is our time to hone in on that message even more.
Most businesses found themselves wrapping things up almost immediately due to the misinformation around the supposed hygiene benefits of single-use plastics. We are here to remind you that not everything needs to be wrapped in plastic, there are other great options and solutions!
For example, bakeries began wrapping their bread up in plastic and coffee shops turned away from reusable cups; and this is exactly where the City to Sea campaign #ContactlessCoffee was born from.
As rice husk reusable cup enthusiasts, we know the advantages they have on the planet. Part of being more sustainable during lockdown is simply saying no to single-use.
If you don’t have a reusable cup yet then now is the time – you can browse our range here!
Don’t Panic (Buy)!:
Pre-lockdown, households contribute the most to food waste, accounting for 53.4% of total food waste in the EU. That’s a lot of food! Now imagine the amount of food that was wasted from panic buying? Most of this excess food will find itself in a landfill. Once there, it is left to rot away, releasing harmful gasses into our ozone.
For a great alternative to panic shopping, we turn our attention to the brilliant, Refills on Wheels from Earthkind. Their response to the first lockdown was a unique and innovative one.
While the concept of a refillable shop may have been shut down early on, Earthkind offered their customers a different option. They were invited to leave their washed and dry vessels outside their door and allow Naomi to go in and fill them up for them! This allowed for a contact-free, plastic-free, panic-free shopping option – almost like a zero waste Santa Claus.
Most plastic-free shops are now offering some contact-free option, whether that is allowing them to sort your items into brown bags or dropping off your jars in advance, and for those of us who are not located near a packaging free store there are solutions to cut down your waste when shopping as well. Planning out your meals and necessary ingredients can be very helpful, and using the same ingredients for multiple dishes can help you reduce your waste.
Give Your Waste A Second Chance:
Can you breathe some life back into something before throwing it away? Sure you can!
Upcycling has taken the world by storm and it is something we are so excited to see and be a part of.
An activity we took on during the first lockdown was glass cutting! Sounds scary, but it is actually very easy and a LOT of fun. Simply put, the bottles we normally toss into the recycling bin became fun new drinking glasses, vases and decor. All you need is a holder, blade, bottle and some hot and cold water. There are a few kits available that can help you with the process.
The opportunities don’t end there! With a quick google search you can find endless projects that allow you to give your waste a second chance of life. While we are all spending more time at home it can make the time pass by quicker.
The Huskup Way:
While we handle the effects of lockdown and take on, what some are calling “a new normal”, we must not forget about our planet on the way. Every decision you make will have an impact. From a single-use mask to supporting the use of eco-friendly everyday items will make a difference to our planet and the future of us all.
If we all agree to make a little change, together the reaction will be gigantic.
Do you have a tip that we didn’t mention? Leave it in the comments so other readers can see!