How To Go Green In Isolation

If you’re social distancing and self isolating you may find yourself with way too much time on your hands. This means there’s no reason you can’t start greenifying your home with more sustainable habits. 

We’ve got corona-safe ideas that prolong the time between supermarket trips, save money, and most importantly don’t involve leaving the confines of your quarantined abode. See below for the inside ( 😉 ) story…

  1. Go veggo

Given the unreliable state of our supermarket shelves, this is the perfect time to start ‘Meatless Mondays’… or indeed ‘Meatless Weekdays’ if you’re feeling up to the challenge. 

Also enjoy the knowledge that reducing your meat intake is significantly healthier for the environment (and you).

  1. Use food scraps

From leafy carrot tops to broccoli stems and pineapple cores, ‘food scraps’ have unique but relatively unknown health benefits. Get creative and use them in anything from salads to frittatas and you’ll be one step closer to extending the time between grocery shops.

For inspirational recipes check out this article by Two healthy kitchens or another one by Amazing Waste Cookbook here

  1. Propagate herbs and veggies …and an aura of calm

Use your current stash of herbs and veggies to supply yourself for long into lockdown. Not only will you be viral-apocalyse ready, you’ll be reducing your CO2 footprint.

For herbs, take cuttings from supermarket plants (or your neighbour’s garden) and grab some empty glass jars. Then follow Learning Herb’s instruction here. Or, if the roots still attached follow the advice in this article.

For veggies you’ll need some regular dirt and/or pots lying around, but no need to venture out and buy potting mix. Then to get started check out Urban Cultivator’s easy to follow guide here

  1. DIY cleaning cloths

Instead of buying plastic sponges and new cleaning cloths, think resourcefully and use ripped jeans, out-of-shape tees, and old bedsheets instead.

If you can’t find anything to use at home, order sustainable and reusable wipes online with our affiliate Biome here.

  1. Save water… and money

Isolation means more time at home using more water than before. Here’s a few tips to reduce your next water bill while also helping the planet…

  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Fill an empty plastic bottle with water and place it in the toilet’s cistern. This will reduce the amount of unnecessary water used in each flush.
  • Reuse water from cooking veggies, rice, and pasta. Instead of straining it down the sink use it to make vegetable stock, to water the garden, or bucket flush the toilet. 
  • While you’re waiting for the shower water to heat up, collect the cold water in a bucket and use this for the lawn, your plants, or again to bucket flush the toilet.

Psst… if you’re really at one with nature, save on flushes by following Chan in our video ‘Why pee on your lemon tree?’.

  1. Be more energy efficient

Again, to save your wallet next quarter take a look at the following tips and check out our appropriately apocalyptic video on this here.

  • Thaw food in the fridge instead of the microwave.
  • Fill the kettle with only as much water as you need.
  • When cooking over the stove top keep the lid on pots where possible.
  • Use a toaster instead of the grill to toast bread.
  • Wash clothes in cold water only.
  • Air dry clothes.
  1. Learn more about being eco-friendly

Finally, if you’re planning on relaxing online, what better time to catch up on our youtube videos and blogs!