Before quarantine, we usually had many easy-to-access ways to stay environmentally conscious in our daily lives. It’s okay to need new resources or guidance on how to continue to live green in these trying times: here’s our five tips on how to stay environmentally aware during social distancing!
1. If you’re ordering quarantine essentials from Amazon, make sure to recycle the Amazon shipping envelopes properly!
2. Try starting a vegetable garden in your backyard!
Social distancing means everyone has a ton of time on their hands. Why don’t you devote some of that extra time to planting a vegetable garden? Plants don’t only enrich the soil around it (allowing for other plants to grow); they also help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Not only that, but growing vegetables can help your family cut down on food waste!
3. If you’re taking classes online, use your computer or phone to take notes!
4. Have Meatless Fridays!
Did you know that livestock production accounts for 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions? While you’re home with some free time, consider changing up your mealtime routine to include some meat-free options! If you can't go a Friday without a good burger, try the meatless Beyond Burger!
5. Continue social distancing!
Honestly, the biggest thing we can do for the environment now is to continue to social distance. Although the point of social distancing is to slow the COVID-19 curve, it’s having an unmeasurable positive impact on the environment. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we have obligations to school, work, and social engagements: this is the one true time we can cut down on flights, car trips, and train rides. By cutting down on these usually necessary trips in this unprecedented time, we are helping the environment around us heal.