Considering you’re likely not traveling anywhere or even really leaving your house now that we have this virus situation, that immensely impacts how large your footprint is so many of us by default are already contributing way less waste then we normally would. Perhaps it’s best to view this situation we all find ourselves in as an opportunity to reflect on the ways we can incorporate sustainability into our everyday lives and more specifically into our lives at home.
The first piece of advice I have is water usage, when doing laundry don’t forget to use cold! It tends to be a misconception that cold water doesn’t clean clothes as well but it does, and while we’re on the topic consider finding a laundry detergent with less harsh cleaning agents your local waterways will thank you! Also keep in mind your water usage in the bathroom, even though having a bath is a nice way to wind down and relax during this stressful time, try not to overdo it.
Right around now we would all normally be considering some new spring purchases but obviously nobody’s going to be hitting the malls anytime soon, while a lot of us are simply going to shop online it’s important to remember that it’s not your only option. Consider using this time at home to review your wardrobe, pick out a few items and give revamping them a try for spring with some fun DIY’s!
Continuing on from the previous tip, take it one step further and perhaps try some crafts/DIY’s instead of recycling your magazines and newspaper try making a collage. I tend to check YouTube or Pinterest mostly when trying to find new creative idea’s for crafting projects so take a look and see if you can find anything that get’s your creative juices flowing.
A huge thing to remember at this time is to support your local businesses wherever possible, this is always a better option as small businesses produce far less waste accumulative than larger co-operations. It’s likely that at this time most local clothing stores will be closed however many small restaurants or local grocery store will likely be open and struggling right now, so if in any way you can help support someone’s livelihood please take the opportunity.
Right now, I know It’s not exactly the easiest situation we’ve found ourselves in but I myself am viewing this as an opportunity to spend some time doing things that I normally wouldn’t be able to. Like art, watching movies, reading, or whatever other side projects you have. Or as I suggested above take this time to consider the many ways you may be able to improve your ecological footprint. Hopefully!
BY: Geneva Webster