Clearer skies, less pollution, more wildlife … If Lockdown has taught us anything (besides the art of the virtual pub quiz and that Netflix has to do another series of cheer … immediately), little ones can Overall lifestyle changes have a real and tangible impact on the environment.
We are quickly becoming a nation of cupboard bakers, window gardeners and upcycle project planners, and we are becoming more responsible, resourceful and independent.
Many of the things we complained about that we couldn't live without in the beginning, we discovered that we no longer need them. And despite our isolation, we never felt together in many ways.
So on Earth Day it is time to step back and step back. And look at how some of these lockdown lessons can become permanent practices to slow the effects of climate change.
Since cars and means of transport mostly failed during the closure, food was searched on site.
1. Supporting local producers.
Empty supermarket shelves have made many of us turn to local breweries, vegetable box vendors, and coffeemakers to deliver what we need. If possible, continue this support through weekly or monthly subscriptions.
2. Use independent stores.
Supermarket chains are practical, but the chain reaction when shopping on-site is also quite impressive – more jobs in the community, less transportation costs, and lower CO2 emissions.
3. Eat seasonally.
The environmental impact of the global transportation of food is enormous. As imports gradually dry up, we are forced to become more sustainable by eating what is in season. Fashionable this season, so it is every season.
4. Grow a pear.
It is estimated that meat and milk production is responsible for 15 to 18% of emissions caused by climate change. Too much meat can also be detrimental to health and burden already overburdened health services. If possible, you should spend a few meat-free days and become more self-sufficient by growing your own vegetables.
5. Mending, recycling and recycling
Okay, it helps if you can't physically go on a shopping spree. However, the fashion industry is responsible for more CO2 emissions than the aviation and shipping industry combined. So instead of buying new ones, make the most of what you have and recycle your wardrobe and furniture.
Digest this fact for a second: it is estimated that a third of the food produced for human consumption is wasted worldwide.
6. Reduce food waste.
Lockdown has forced us to thoroughly examine our eating and shopping habits, only buy what we need (Horter, you know who you are) and to ensure that none of our highly competitive food is wasted. Maintain this cupboard cooking mentality by being creative with leftovers, and if you earn too much, share it with those who need it.
7. Compost remains.
It is great that some councils have composting plans, but this waste still needs to be transported and processed. If you have a garden, set up a compost heap.
8. Buy a worming.
Worms not only turn your food waste into fertilizer, they also help increase our worm population. Worms, architects of the underworld, play an important role in the preservation of the planet. According to Darwin, "one can doubt that there are many other animals that have played as important a role in the history of the world as these low-level creatures." So yes, try to get out of this brilliant recommendation.
9. Feed the birds.
Remnants of fat, crumbs, cheese, bread, nuts … turn it into fat balls to attract birds to your garden or balcony.
10. Smell the coffee.
If you are something like us (trying to stay awake during the ban), you will pile up a lot of used coffee grounds. There are a remarkable number of things you can do with it, including:
– Fertilize your garden or window boxes.
– Sprinkle them around plants to deter insects and other pests.
– Use them to remove fleas from your pet. (Real, Google it).
– Use them to grow mushrooms. (As well).
– Create body scrubs. Mix old soil with sugar and coconut oil to get a natural skin peel. The caffeine stimulates blood circulation and since coffee has the same pH value as your skin, it does not leave your skin dry and can naturally help with acne, eczema, cellulite and stretch marks.
11. Sort your recycling.
It is only when you eat all meals at home that you begin to understand the amount of waste we produce. Separate your recycling or even better reduce the amount of packaging that you primarily bring into the house.
Since the blockage, the smog has recently detached itself from our skylines, the stars have become more visible and asthmatics have reported that they can breathe more easily. In fact, air pollution in London has dropped so dramatically that they believed the monitors used to measure atmospheric toxicity were faulty.
12. Run for 30 minutes.
Most people need 30 minutes to walk two miles. Instead, walk instead of using your car or public transportation. It works for clearer air and a clearer mind.
13. Use your car less.
Many of us have asked the question, "Do we need our cars?" If we can only drive for important trips. If you can use public transportation, a car sharing or carpooling app instead, your expenses and footprint will be reduced.
14. Buy a bike.
For many it was a lifesaver to do sports on a bike or to do the bare essentials. Cycling not only helps reduce air and noise pollution, it also has physical, economic and mental health benefits.
Okay, cabin fever was pretty intense at times, but when does life ever give you time to stop and spend time sorting your life administrator?
15. Switch to green energy.
Switching to a renewable energy provider not only helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it can also cut your bills.
16. Switch to LED light bulbs.
LED light bulbs last 25% longer than normal light bulbs and use 75% less energy. Moment of light bulb? We think so.
17. Install a smart thermostat.
While making an initial investment in advance using only the energy you need, reduce your footprint and monthly bills.
18. Wash laundry at 20 or 30 degrees.
Most of the energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water. Washing at lower temperatures helps to reduce CO2 emissions, protect the environment and extend the life of your clothing.