Impactful ways to continue to positively help the planet while at home
When we heard we had to stop using our reusable bags due to the coronavirus pandemic, it took us a moment to adjust. Our first thought was, oh no what are we going to do with all those landfilling, single-use plastic bags?! But then we paused, took a step back, and remembered there are sooooo many ways to continue to help the planet (beyond our reusable bags) from home.
And when we take a moment to zoom out, it’s clear that by staying home, we’re not only helping each other and ourselves, we’re also doing so much good for the planet. Greenhouse gas emissions are down, air quality is cleaner, and some animals are thriving. So be gentle with yourself as we all slow down and navigate these new lifestyles during this unprecedented time.
9 Real ways you can continue to help the planet even from home
1. Conserve water with daily habits
The more time we spend at home, the more we should be paying attention to our water-using habits. That means: speeding up showers, using dishwashers/washing machines on only full loads, and avoiding letting water run needlessly when shaving or brushing teeth. And especially since we’re being extra diligent about our hand-washing, which is SUPER important, be mindful to turn the tap off when you’re scrubbing for 20 seconds.
Check out this other post for more ways to save water every day.
2. Use eco-friendly cleaning products
Going on lots of cleaning sprees in your home? Same. Unfortunately, many household cleaners are filled with toxic ingredients and create unnecessary single-use waste. To keep your place clean and green, consider using vinegar and baking soda — they’re non-toxic and probably already in your pantry. (Plus, read this post for everything you need to know about eco-friendly cleaning.)
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Other ways to clean the planet friendly way include:
- Purchase eco-friendly products like Aunt Fannies, My Green Refills, and Common Good
- Make DIY cleaning spray
- Repurpose! Toothbrushes make for awesome scrubbers and old socks are perfect cleaning gloves
3. Be mindful of your food waste
We’re cherishing every banana and jug of almond milk right now, so we’re being diligent to make sure we eat the food that we purchase.
For us, wasting less food is a lot easier with a decluttered fridge. Tip: try putting the oldest food in the front of the fridge to remind yourself to eat it before it goes bad. We also freeze food to extend its lifespan, take advantage of our food containers, and get creative with our dishes (like throwing every veggie we’ve got into buddha bowls!).
4. Meal plan
Another way to waste less food, help the planet, and save money is: meal planning.
One of our favorite ways to meal prep is by cooking freezer-friendly meals. And usually meals last about a month in the freezer, so you don’t have to feel pressured to eat anything right away. We’re also big fans of using mason jars and glass storage containers, but anything that’s leak-proof is usually a safe bet!
5. Shop ethically
We don’t know about you, but we’re craving all the comfy clothes right now. Cozy tees, soft sweats, and cute crews are pretty much all we feel like putting on in the morning. So, if you’re looking to expand your “stay at home” wardrobe, might we suggest our Less Fear More Love Tee Eco Tee!
And we’re always enthusiasts of supporting local businesses, whether that’s buying a gift card to your local coffee shop or fave neighborhood boutique, or grabbing takeout or delivery from your fave plant-based restaurant.
6. Cook plant-based meals
If you want to help Mother Earth from your home, eating a more plant-based diet is an efficient (and tasty!) way to do it. Studies show that someone following a plant-based diet uses five times less water than someone with a more meat-based diet. And of course, refraining from eating meat means you’ll help save the lives of animals across the world.
Get all the plant-based inspiration with The Wholesome Culture Cookbook, which is full of 80+ nourishing dishes. And check out these posts for some of our favorite plant-based recipes (spoiler alert: there’s SO much yummy, cruelty-free goodness awaiting you!).
- 16 Super healthy smoothie recipes that’ll get you blending all day long
- 11 Immune-boosting breakfasts to get your day started right
- What to stock in your plant-based pantry — plus, 10 must-make recipes
7. Recycle & compost
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Do you compost? ⠀ ⠀ Composting is a great way to reduce your environmental impact. 🌱Among other things, composting is good for the environment and it prevents unnecessary amounts of waste from going to landfills. ⠀ ⠀ There are different composting options depending on where you live and how much space you have. The great news is that even if you don't have a yard or much space you can still get a worm bin (vermicomposting). 🐛⠀ ⠀ Because we move so often we are currently depending on our city's composting program but we hope to get a vermicompost soon! ⠀ ⠀ Share your composting experience in the comments below! ⇩
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Disposing of trash properly is something we can all do from home! And if you want to really cut back on your landfilling, composting is an amazing way to give waste a newfound purpose.
8. Stay educated on environmental issues
Binge-watching a lot recently? Us too. But we’ve been trying to use this time to catch up on some environmental documentaries we’ve been wanting to watch like Night on Earth, Our Planet, Chasing Coral, Jane, and Hostile Planet.
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Chasing Coral turns ✌🏼 this month! Since our release on July 14th, 2017, we've seen community screenings organized across the globe — including recent locations like Tunisia, Dominica, Romania, Cyprus, and Kuwait! We're 50 screenings short of the 2K mark and we need your help to make our birthday dreams come true! Sign up to host a free screening in honor of our 2nd birthday and we’ll email you a little special something from Team Chasing Coral. Register today at the link in our profile. Thank you all for continuing the journey to wake up the world with us. Together we are unstoppable! #ChasingCoral #Netflix #Birthday #HBDChasingCoral
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9. Do eco-friendly projects
There are so many ways to embrace your crafty side while doing good for the planet! From building a DIY bird house, to making a DIY vegan face mask, to growing your own herbs, your home can be transformed into a hub of eco-friendly creativity!
Feeling stir-crazy? We’ve got just the read for you! 44 cozy activities you can do from home (besides scrolling and watching TV)