How to Live Sustainably During a Pandemic
From mask regulations to travel restrictions, the Coronavirus pandemic has made everyone adjust how they go about their daily lives. With more people than ever before working from home, and others self-quarantining, it is the perfect time to reflect on our daily habits as they relate to the environment. How can we improve our relationship with the planet? Fortunately, Planet Aid has a few simple tips improve sustainability during the current pandemic.
Start with Your Meals
The COVID19 pandemic has resulted in millions of people staying home more than ever before. Over the last few months, it is likely that you have started cooking more and being more creative in the kitchen. When shopping for groceries, you want to buy fresh and locally produced food because many of the items have less packaging and a lower carbon-footprint compared to items in supermarkets.
When preparing meals, make sure that you are making portions you and your family can eat. It is estimated that we waste around 25 percent of food that we buy. To avoid being a part of that statistic, store leftovers in the refrigerator or compost the waste for your home plants.
Wear a Cloth Mask
Around the United States, face coverings are being required when in public spaces. Cloth masks are a sustainable option compared to surgical disposable masks, which should be left for frontline workers. You can reuse a cloth mask by simply washing it, and you can even make one from an old t-shirt.
Self-Care Comes First
It is important more than ever take special care of your mental and physical health. There are simple actions you can take to improve your overall health, such as getting plenty of sleep, staying hydrated, and exercising. If you are feeling well, go outside and take a walk on a local trail (while wearing a cloth mask of course!).
The following are other sustainable ways to practice self-care.
- Start a home garden.
- Take up a hobby, such as knitting.
- Interior design your living space through upcycling.