17 SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS DURING QUARANTINE
Updated: Jun 29, 2020
1. Support local restaurants that are committed to using locally sourced food and reducing waste. Prior to ordering from a restaurant, spend time on their website learning about the restaurants mission and how they source their food. If a company is green, they will likely advertise it and let you know!
2. When ordering takeout - ask for your order to not include any single use plastics which you have at home. For example: do not include plastic forks or salad dressing cups as these are things you may already have.
3. When you head to the supermarket, avoid over packaged veggies and fruit. When you can, opt fresh!
4. Before heading out to the grocery store, take a look at the Non-GMO Shopping Guide. This guide provides information on how to supplement foods that are genetically modified for a non GMO version! Here you can find alternative dairy products, or vitamins and supplements.
5. Learn about the items in the kitchen. What you put in your body matters! Are there any food items that you could replace with a healthier option?
6. Consider changing your email signature to include a message about sustainability or low waste goals.
7. Spend time learning new skills and share them with your community. What new skills can you teach your co-workers?
8. Take breaks during the day to spend time in nature - whether in your yard or walking around the block, fresh air helps you re-energize!
NATURE AND SUSTAINABILITY
9. Make a garden and be creative with it! You can use egg shells, egg cartons and cut up toilet paper as the base for your soil and seeds.
10. Start a virtual book club with environmental sustainability as the theme!
One of my favorite books Waste Not Everyday, by Erin Rhoads. This book shares tips on how to reduce your waste, and reconnect to the earth every day!
11. Make a compost! Have one in your yard, begin to use your weekly compost bin, or find communities near you accepting food waste. Sharewaste.com is a great way to find communities near you who accept food waste.
PLASTIC USE AND RECYCLING
12. Save your glass jars and use them to store food or to create new art projects.
13. Find things in your recycling which you can reuse for art projects.
From left to right, this was a coffee tin, can of green beans, syrup and honey containers, and oatmeal container. Now, after some paint, these are new plant pots and watering cans!
As we move towards a more sustainable life without plastic, its important to find a way to reuse the items we have and give them new life! This is how I found the new purpose for these items.
14. Learn about the rules of recycling in your city. Earth911.com provides great articles on many cities around the world and the lessons they have learned on recycling.
15. Avoid putting things in the recycling if you are not sure if it belongs there. Sometimes we put something in the recycling and hope it can be recycling without truly knowing. But the reality is if we add something to the recycling which shouldn't be there, the entire bin will be trashed. To avoid this, only put things in the recycling you are sure of.
16. Switch out your beauty products and daily products for sustainable versions. For example, can you swap out your toothbrush for a bamboo version?
17. Research bulk shops near you so that when the quarantine lifts, you can refill on your shampoo, conditioner and other beauty products.
There are many sustainable actions you can take. This time that we have at home is the perfect time to do research and think about what kind of sustainable actions you want to bring into your life moving forward.