Clearer skies, less pollution, more wildlife … if the block taught us anything (besides the art of interrogating in virtual bars and that Netflix needs to make another series of compliments … immediately) is that small changes in style collectively can have a real and perceptible impact on the environment.
Quickly becoming a nation of cupboard bakers, window box gardeners and high-level project planners, we are becoming more responsible, more ingenious and more independent.
Many of the things that we regret that we couldn't live at the beginning, we found that we no longer need. And despite our isolation, in many ways, we never feel together anymore.
So, on this Earth Day, it's time to redefine and take a step back. And see how some of these blocking lessons can become permanent practices to help slow the effects of climate change.
As cars and transport are down during confinement, local demand for food is taking place.
1. Support local producers.
Empty supermarket shelves have made many of us turn to local breweries, vegetable crate suppliers and coffee makers to offer what we need. Wherever you can, continue this support with weekly or monthly subscriptions.
2. Use independent stores.
Supermarket chains are convenient, but the chain reaction of local purchases is also quite impressive – more jobs in the community, less transportation costs and lower carbon emissions.
3. Eat seasonally.
The environmental impact of transporting food around the world is enormous. As imports begin to dry out, we are forced to become more sustainable by eating what's in season. In fashion this season, it is so every season.
4. Grow a pear.
Meat and dairy production is estimated to be responsible for 15 to 18% of climate change emissions. Too much meat can also be harmful to health and stress the overly exercised health services; therefore, whenever possible, have a few days without meat and become more self-sufficient when growing your own vegetables.
5. Repair, recycle and recycle
Okay, it helps when you can't physically go shopping. But the fashion industry is responsible for more carbon emissions than the air and maritime industries combined. So instead of buying new ones, make the most of what you have by improving your wardrobe and furniture.
They digested this fact for a second: it is estimated that one third of the food produced for human consumption is wasted globally.
6. Reduce food waste.
The blockade forced us to look closely at our eating and shopping habits, buying only what we need (hoarders, you know who you are) and ensuring that none of our difficult foods are wasted. Keep that cupboard chef mentality by getting creative with leftovers and, if you win too much, share it with those in need.
7. Compost leftovers.
It is great that some councils have composting schemes, but this waste still needs to be transported and processed. If you have a garden, build a compost pile.
8. Buy an earthworm.
Worms will not only turn food waste into fertilizer, but will also help increase our worm population. Architects of the underworld, worms play a vital role in maintaining the planet. According to Darwin, "it can be doubted whether there are many other animals that played such an important role in the history of the world, as these humbly organized creatures". So, yes, try to evade this brilliant recommendation.
9. Feed the birds.
Leftovers of fat, crumbs, cheese, bread, nuts … turn them into balls of fat to encourage birds to enter your garden or balcony.
10. Smell the coffee.
If you are like us (trying to stay awake during the block), you will be accumulating a lot of used coffee beans. There are a notable number of things you can do with them, including:
– Fertilize your garden or window boxes.
– Spread them around plants to prevent insects and other pests.
– Use them to remove your pet's fleas. (Genuine, search Google).
– Use them to grow mushrooms. (Similarly).
– Create body scrubs. Mix old motifs with sugar and coconut oil to make a natural skin scrub. Caffeine helps to stimulate blood flow and, as coffee is the same PH 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.
Only when you eat all meals at home, do you begin to understand the amount of waste we produce. Separate your recycling or, even better, reduce the amount of packaging you bring home.
Since the blockade, air pollution has been lifted for the last time on our sky lines, the stars have become more visible and asthma sufferers have reported that they are breathing more easily. In fact, air pollution has dropped so dramatically in London that they thought the monitors used to read air toxicity had broken down.
12. Walk for 30 minutes.
Most people take 30 minutes to walk three kilometers. So, instead of using your car or public transport, walk. It works for cleaner air and a clearer mind.
13. Use your car less.
Not being able to drive beyond essential travel has led many of us to ask, "Do we need our cars?" If you can use public transportation, a car share or a car pool app, this will reduce your expenses and your footprint.
14. Buy a bicycle.
For many, riding a bicycle for exercise or essentials has been a lifesaver blocked. In addition to helping to reduce air and noise pollution, cycling also has physical, economic and mental health benefits.
Okay, the cabin fever has been quite intense at times, but when does life give you time to stop and spend time solving your administrative life?
15. Switch to green energy.
Switching to a renewable energy supplier will not only help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but will also reduce your bills.
16. Switch to LED lamps.
LED lamps can last 25% longer than ordinary lamps and consume 75% less energy. Lamp moment? We think so.
17. Install a smart thermostat.
As an initial initial investment, using only the necessary energy, you reduce your presence and your monthly bills.
18. Wash clothes at 20 or 30 degrees.
Most of the energy used in washing clothes comes from heating the water itself. Washing at lower temperatures will help to reduce CO2 emissions, help the environment and make your clothes last longer.