I don’t know about you, but since this pandemic started, my emotions, my actions, and my life have been all over the place. The people around me are unable to work, unable to leave the house, and unable to get their life on track. For many of us, our waste has been the last thing on our minds, and you know what, that is perfectly okay!
And you know what, things are still chaotic, things are still messy, and depending on where you live in the world, leaving the house is still a huge luxury – or in some cases, an anxiety-ridden task. But, at least for me, my brain does need something to focus on, something to resemble productivity and control. So I have decided to kick back into gear and find some small ways to get focused on my environmental goals.
This is something that is easy to change during this time. While we can’t currently make great choices when it comes to packaging, we can control that the food we purchase doesn’t go to waste. For me, this means purchasing things in the supermarket that might be close to their use-by date, or on sale because they are going to be thrown out at the end of the day. Not only will you save money on these items, but you will be able to make delicious food, and know that you saved food from going to landfill.
Using what you have
Now more than ever, I am trying to find creative ways to not only use the things I already own, but I am looking for creative ways to fill my time. In particular, recently, I have started making birthday cards for my family out of old colored envelopes and photo cards that I think I have had for about 5 years. I’m not sure if my family actually likes them, or if they actually look like a child made them, but honestly, I am having so much fun.
Using less technology
No, using your technology is not going to move the dial as much as many other eco-friendly behaviors, but this one is good for the soul too. Turning off the TV, or the computer and going outside for some fresh air can make you feel better, but can also reduce the amount of electricity you are using. Don’t forget, it isn’t simply the electricity you are using in your own home, but the servers and technology that is being used when you stream something or whenever you load a webpage. I pair this with really being conscious of anything I have turned on within the home, and trying to minimize that where I can.
Yes, these are small areas to focus on, but they are also easy enough to do, that there is little chance of me feeling overwhelmed by them. And honestly, if you are still too overwhelmed by even the thought of this, then that’s okay too. We are all on our own journey, and one step at a time is better than standing still.