Pre-pandemic life was damaging our planet too much. The COVID measures adopted by many governments worldwide, especially the lockdowns, has made a difference to the environment.
The air quality has improved in many over-polluted cities and the concentration of CO2 has decreased to levels that we haven’t seen in the last 100 years.
We all want this to keep going after the pandemic passes. At Porter, we’ve been thinking about ways to get more environmentally friendly at home. With these five little changes, we can make a generous contribution to the health of our planet.
Get to know your local shops
One of the things that the year has taught us is that our neighbourhood has more than you’d expect.
These local walks have made us aware that our local shop is better than we thought.
Apart from avoiding the crowds at the bigger supermarkets, buying in your local shop could help the environment in many forms. It will impact reducing the carbon footprint from your shops as you don’t have to use any transport to get there. You might also find that the food is locally sourced; therefore, the food has to travel a much shorter distance to reach the shop.
Make your own cleaning products
With the arrival of COVID, we have put an extra effort to keep our houses as clean and germ free as possible.
During the first outbreak, the sale of household cleaning items increased by almost 200% compared to other years.
We agree that keeping our houses germ free has become one of our top priorities, but have you ever thought about the environmental impact of these products?
Most of them contain non-biodegradable and toxic chemicals that end up in our rivers. Also, the packaging isn’t usually recyclable.
Knowing this, it might be time to swap your ordinary cleaning products and try to make some at home.
You can get incredible results with just soap, water and a dash of vinegar. Here are some “recipes” to get you started.
Give a chance to the new refill shops
According to Greenpeace, in 2019, supermarket plastic in the UK increased to 900,000 tonnes. As you can see, this doesn’t help the environment.
However, hope has grown with a new trend for “refill” shops in many cities.
These zero-waste shops bring us back to how society used to buy before the supermarket chains came along.
We’d recommend trying this type of shopping. It might not be comfortable straight away as you will need some containers to keep your goods in, but by starting small and increasing the shopping list slowly you’ll soon be buying plenty of items without the plastic impact.
Don’t store your bike
Bike sales increased about 60% over the first lockdown, meaning that about 1.3 million Britons bought a bike during these months.
Car emissions fell by around 60% during the first lockdown too, due to the movement restrictions.
We would encourage you to keep using your bike to move around. The government is also putting their efforts to make the country more bike-friendly. Fewer cars around the country can only be better for the health of the Earth.
It’s also great for your fitness and general well being.
Little changes in the bathroom
Bathroom products are one of the least environmentally friendly products we have at home.
From hand soap to shavers, they’re usually non-earth care friendly items. One of the easiest ways to get more environmentally friendly at home is by changing your bathroom essentials.
We would recommend starting out by using bar soap and shampoo. If you want to go a step further, why not try a bamboo toothbrush or cotton buds.
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We hope those ideas help you live more sustainably. Every little step counts and will help us get to a better tomorrow. Share with us any other ideas you have about living more environmentally conscious!