It’s now more important than ever to practice a sustainable lifestyle. It’s also harder than ever to resist disposable face masks and food deliveries. Experts are concerned home quarantines could be harming the environment. In efforts to use this time indoors as a reflection of how to better care for our surroundings and eliminate waste, ahead are tips on how to be sustainable during a global pandemic.
Making a grocery list before you run to the stores will not only save you money, stop you from buying unnecessary products, but also ensure you buy everything you need.
BYOB (Bring your own bag)
Many local stores are not accepting personal grocery bags so make sure you check before shopping. In the event your local store does allow you to bring your own bag in, do. Reusable bags can easily be disinfected by washing and airing out in the sun.
When possible, buy from local farmers. Items will use less packaging because they aren’t individually wrapped like most fruits and vegetables in supermarkets. Locally-produced foods aren’t transported from far away either so they have a lower carbon footprint.
Try to cook only what you will eat to avoid waste and leftovers. If you tend to always have leftovers, invest in Tupperware to store it or serve it to a pet. It’s also good to reuse the trimmings and broth for future meals.
Take out no no’s
Ordering take out is fine. It supports the gig economy and restaurant industry. However, next time you order, tell the employee to leave out disposable utensils and napkins, and instead use what you have at home.
Limit TV time
TV sales are one of the biggest retail categories that have spiked during COVID-19. Meaning, electricity usage has skyrocketed. Working from home already uses eight to ten hours of electricity. Experts recommend avoiding electronics on downtime to better conserve energy.
We’ve also provided a guide to shopping responsibly with sustainability in mind.