As we all start to get used to the new ‘normal’ and as stock around the country becomes harder to get hold of, now is the time to consider changing the way you live and shop forever. We’ve complied a list of ideas on how to help you out on your journey to becoming an eco warrior during quarantine!
1.Grow your own veg
If you have a garden, or even a window ledge where you can keep houseplants, why not invest in seeds to accompany your meals for the week?
Lettuce, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, spring onions and tomatoes are all staple ingredients which can be grown in the UK, all you need are seeds, soil, sunlight and a little water for your sprouting veg. Plus it’s a lovely project to keep you busy during lockdown.
2.Cut down on energy use in your home
Simple changes such as switching off your laptop at your work-from-home desk at the end of the day can save a lot of energy over time. Remembering to turn off appliances and lights when they are not in use is the easiest way to make sure you are not wasting energy – and could save money from your energy bill too! When it comes to laundry, washing clothes on shorter and colder cycles uses less energy, and why not make use of this amazing weather to dry your laundry naturally instead of turning on the tumble-dryer.
Now you have got all this free time on your hands, why not dig out those cook books you’ve not opened in, well, forever. Or have a browse online for new recipes that you’ve never tried before. Cooking with fresh ingredients means you are likely to be throwing away less plastic packaging common in microwave or quick-fix meal options, and it usually wields healthier and tastier results.
4.Opt for reusable toiletries
Next time you look to replace your toothbrush, why not go for a bamboo option to help save on plastic waste? Have you tried the amazing bamboo toothbrush here on Ethea?
Astonishingly each person uses an estimated 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime, and a single plastic brush can take thousands of years to decompose, so this small switch can make a large long-term difference.
For women seeking eco-friendly sanitary products, why not try one of Ethea’s amazing vendors Grace and Green?
With restaurants and cafes closed for the foreseeable future, it is important to choose your food wisely when you pop to the shops for essentials. Opting for foods with recyclable packaging and making use of your recycling bin is one easy step to reducing your contribution to landfill.
There are so many ways we can all be that little bit more eco-friendly in our day-to-day lives, and lockdown has given us a chance to reflect on those changes. For complete peace of mind when shopping for vegan and cruelty-free products Ethea is here for you.