Lockdown, but this time make it eco-conscious
Another lockdown, another opportunity to complete all the goals we didn’t achieve last time around. We personally went a bit overboard with our lockdown goals in March, from becoming pro pianists to top chefs, we thought we could do it all! It turns out we were wrong - there's no shame in admitting that.
Did we learn from it and refrain from listing outrageous goals this time around? No, definitely not. Quite the opposite, in fact - we're 2 days in and the piano has already made its debut Lockdown 2.0 appearance. Hopefully we get further into our musical careers this time around...
What we DID learn from last time though, was how to adopt more sustainable practices into lockdown life. Here's a list of things we won't do this time:
- Bulk-buying: We can perhaps be forgiven for bulk-buying as if we were in an apocalypse in March because, let's face it, that's exactly what it felt like. Hopefully we've now learnt that there's enough to go around, if only we all remember to think of others and make conscious purchases during our trips to the grocery store.
- Online grocery shopping (before anyone yells at us, we are going to add a disclaimer that this, of course, doesn't apply if you are in a vulnerable population): It can be very tempting to order groceries online but, if it's a small enough trip, why not try walking? This way you won't increase your carbon footprint, you'll benefit from the fresh air and you get to show off how many steps you've done.
- Using cling film for baking: If you’re channelling your inner Mary Berry and getting ready for next year’s Great British Bake Off, it may be time to swap how you store your scrumptious Banana Loaf. The UK uses 1.2 billion metres of cling film every year. How about replacing cling film for beeswax wraps? They can be reused for almost a year!
- Single-use antibacterial hand soap: Rather than stockpiling antibacterial hand soap, did you know we could instead make the most out of larger refill packets? These use up to 80% less plastic and last longer. We think it’s fair to say we don't need a new bottle the majority of the time. A quick 2 minute refill has a lasting impact on the amount of plastic used in the economy.
It’s natural that we feel overwhelmed with yet another lockdown. There may be feelings of anger, anxiety, frustration, and out right helplessness. But there is a glimmer of hope amongst all these emotions - we made it through the first lockdown and we will make it through the second, better prepared to manage what lies ahead.