It’s easy to see how this pandemic can make us feel discouraged about the progress made with things like single use plastic grocery store bags and disposable coffee cups.
On the flipside, this unprecedented pause in our fast-paced lives gives many of us more opportunity to notice the ways that we can have an impact inside our own homes. Here are some ideas:
Give new life to “single-use” plastic bags. We’re keeping them for packing and wrapping breakable items. We have a stack of storage totes in our basement that we use for packing and moving, and we lend these out to friends. Now we’ll have a tote full of plastic bags for stuffing too!
Give new life to glass jars. Instead of recycling them, take the labels off (lemon essential oil takes the sticky residue off easily), wash them up and repurpose the jars. They are great for storing pantry items, organizing office supplies, as fresh cut flower vases, and even for growing herbs and seedlings!
Cut down on paper. It’s a great time to finally put a ‘no flyers please’ note on your mailbox and to watch for any statements or subscriptions that could be switched to paperless. It’s also a great time to make a permanent switch from paper towels to sustainable options like Ten & Co. reusable sponges that you can purchase online from The Kind Matter Company.
Take advantage of mobile refillery services like Park Market & Refillery. Get contact-free, package-free household items like soap, shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent & more conveniently delivered to your doorstep. You can refill those glass jars you saved too!
- Learn how to wrap gifts with fabric now so that you can stop contributing to wrapping paper waste for good. Spend more relaxed time in nature and notice creative ways to embellish your fabric gift wrap with things like leaves, dried flowers, herbs and feathers. Download a copy of our 4 ways to wrap & save the planet pdf.
One of the best ways to cope with the quarantine is to focus your energy on the things that you can control, like the things on the list above.
Keep in mind that we will be able to use our reusable bags and travel mugs once again, and trust that the positive environmental impacts of the pandemic may inspire more people to join us than ever before!