World Earth Day 2020

Living Sustainably during the lockdown

Although we are all stuck inside, climate change is still happening across the planet.

To celebrate Earth Day this year, why not try some new ways to help fight climate change while stuck in the house!

1. Learn to cook

It is not surprising that people went out and panic bought when it looked likely the lockdown would be in place, but now we are all sitting wondering how to use that last tin can in the back of the cupboard. We are also beginning to ignore use by dates as more people struggle to make food when money is tight.

There are also lots of ideas online of how to make the most out of what’s left in the cupboard.

2. Read about sustainability

The kids are stuck at home studying so why not help them out and learn something new too!

Why not spend some time in the lockdown to read more about the environment? Whether it is sustainable fashion or recycling, there is always more to learn, there are even books that can help explain the sustainability to kids.

3. Grow your own food

If you are one of the few who are lucky enough to have a garden, this is the best time to use it!

This is a great time of year to grow vegetables carrots, beetroot, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, onions, and spinach.

Gardening is good for mental health during the lockdown and if you would rather plant some flowers, this is a good time for fuchsias, petunias and pelargoniums.

If you don’t have a garden, windowsills and balconies can be just as useful.  Try growing some herbs and spices, or if you have a balcony, even some tomatoes!

Picture of organised wardrobe4. Declutter

The lockdown is providing plenty time to get ourselves organised. Starting from room and go through the home, there will be plenty that could be recycled, sold or even given to charity.

While clearing out all the old clothes why not learn how to dress more sustainably too!

5. Take on a new DIY projectPicture of home compost

Take on project and learn a new skill. Be more sustainable and build or make something to help reduce our waste.

Try home composting, repurpose plastic bottles, or upcycling furniture.

6. Save electricity

Saving wasted energy could be as simple as stopping a leaky tap. Fill the washing machine and dish washer until they are full before putting on cycles. To save even further, wash with cold water.

Spending more time at home means we are using more electricity, so make sure to turn off all the lights and electrical when they are not in use! Opening the blinds and the windows is great for getting some sun in the house.

7. Use washable cloths over baby wipes

Using old rags or paper towels to clean around the house, saves money and saves the amount of plastic going to landfill.

The number of wet wipes that washed up on British beaches has increase by 50% since 2013.

This includes make-up or face wipes which are bad for our faces and our environment. Instead use a reusable cloth and make-up remover water or oil.

8. Cancel junk mail

500 pieces of junk mail per household per year is sent across the UK, which is the equivalent of 6 million trees being used every year. In a survey conducted by Businesswaste.co.uk, only 57% people asked said that they recycle junk mail.

How to stop junk mail.

9. Drink tap water

More than 64,000 tons of plastic food packaging and bottle are binned every year in Scotland, according to a Zero Waste Scotland report. Scotland has some of the best tap water in the world and if we switched to more people drank from reusable bottles filled with ap water we could significantly reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill.

There is also money to be saved by making the switch. Tap water costs about a third of a penny to drink two litres, compared to 90p for branded bottled water.

10. Switch to online or internet bankingPicture of online banking

Online banking is a great way to save some cash and be more eco-friendly. It costs banks less to do transactions electronically so there is usually zero or low fees or charges. There is also no postage prices, and it is easier to manage all the accounts in one place.

Not to mention it is great pollution saver as you don’t have to drive around to get to the bank!

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