It is easy to feel, when stuck at home, as though we cannot make much of a difference. But sustainability begins at home. There is plenty that we can all do to stay sustainable during quarantine. Here are my top tops to help you do so:
Be Kind To Yourself, and Others
Staying sustainable during quarantine begins with making sure you personally have the resilience to make it through. Sustainability means being able to endure and bounce back when things don't go according to plan. Be kind to yourself – building time into your day to care for your own mental health and wellbeing. And find small ways to reach out and be kind to those around you, who might be struggling even more than you. The kindnesses we all show today will help to build the resilient and sustainable communities of tomorrow. A simple phone call could make all the difference. Even when we cannot meet in person, there is still plenty we can do to reach out and help others around us in small but significant ways.
Sustainable Food In Quarantine
One great way to make sure we can stay sustainable whatever happens is to grow at least some of our own food. Order some seeds – or even save seeds from the produce you buy. Regrow vegetables from scraps. When you do buy food, try to buy directly from producers in your local area, and opt for seasonal, organic produce whenever you can. Strengthen your local farm to fork network and help build a better food system one meal at a time.
Sustainable Energy Use in Lockdown
When we're all spending more time at home, it is easy to let energy consumption go through the roof. If you can, try to switch to a sustainable, renewable energy provider. But even where you can't, there are simple steps you can take right now to save energy. Upcycle some old material to make shade blinds, look into natural ventilation, and look for leaks to save on cooling bills, for example. Try batch cooking, use lids on pots, and make a DIY solar oven to save energy when cooking. These are just a few examples of the things you can do.
Using Water Wisely in Quarantine
Using water wisely in quarantine is important too. We can save water by using plugs in baths and sinks, by turning off faucets when brushing or shaving, by washing ourselves and our clothing only when necessary, etc..
Make the Most of What You Have
In lockdown, we are not always able to get our hands quickly and easily on the things we need. But often, we can find handy alternatives around us in our everyday lives. You likely already know that we should be refusing, reducing, reusing, repairing and recycling. Make the most of reclaimed materials and things that might otherwise be thrown away around your home and garden. And look out into the natural world to make the most of what your outside space can offer.
Our bamboo cutlery is all about making use of natural resources to find more sustainable solutions for our needs. In quarantine, we should all get more resourceful and use our imaginations. We can work with nature to meet our needs.