As covid 19 spreads around the world, this virus has done more than just affect our health and economy. There have been worldwide reports of reduced pollution resulting in some amazing sights, like the return of wildlife to the canals of Venice and the first distant sighting of the Himalayan Mountains in India in over 30 years as the skies clear! Even China, which has some of the most polluted air in the world, is reporting an immense reduction in CO2 by 250 million tons because of the coronavirus lockdown.
Clearly the lockdown of the world has done some amazing things for the Earth, so what can we learn from this and how can we change moving forward?
5 Ways to Live Sustainably Post-Coronavirus
1. Reduce Your TP Usage and Buy a Bidet
One of the most common shortages resulting from coronavirus was the mad rush on the toilet paper supply. Interestingly, around 75% of the world’s population does not use toilet paper! So, with the toilet paper shortage in many parts of the world, it has made us wonder what everyone else is doing instead. It turns out that most of the world uses water to clean themselves after going to the bathroom rather than toilet paper.
This can easily be set up in your bathroom in the form of a bidet, which is on sale at Amazon for around $30. In comparison, toilet paper is on sale at Amazon for around $20 or more per pack! So, with almost the same cost investment, you can get a clean bum for life rather than having to pay again and again for a pack of toilet paper.
Now we can understand that people might not be initially comfortable with this and might not want to give up their toilet paper usage entirely for the bidet. But by combining the bidet with toilet paper, it will greatly reduce your toilet paper usage and could still save you hundreds of dollars every year!
2. Work Remotely
One of the biggest changes that emerged from the coronavirus lockdowns was the massive office closures leading to millions of people now working from home. This experience has brought to light that many of the jobs we previously believed needed to be done in the office, can actually be done from home.
By working from home, not only will this save you money on gas and parking by not needing to drive to work, but you can also be more comfortable working in your pajamas or even going pants-free!
3. Expand Your Reusable Products and DIY
As face masks and hand sanitizer shortages spread throughout the world, people have begun to become very creative. Rather than purchasing disposable masks or big plastic bottles of sanitizer that are no longer available, people have broken out their sewing kits and made masks themselves while recipes for homemade hand sanitizer have become all the rage! More and more, we have come to realize that we can make these things ourselves quite easily rather than needing to purchase everything, which saves you money in the long run.
Paper towels and tissues have also been hard to find in the days of coronavirus. But from this, people have started using reusable towels or handkerchiefs instead, which are much better for the environment and your wallet!
4. Reduce Overall Travel
One of the leading ways that coronavirus spread worldwide was due to the immense air travel industry. Of course we don’t want to tell you to stop traveling, but it is worth taking a look at how we are all interconnected and how the trips we take abroad can have a big impact on the local communities we go to. Air travel is also one of the leading causes of air pollution, so limiting global travel as much as possible or maybe making trips longer to optimize your time and money spent is a worthwhile investment.
With the lockdowns, car travel has also greatly reduced. This experience has brought to light how to move about in the world more consciously and to try to reduce trips to the grocery store. This change was mostly brought on due to fears of infection, but we can also learn from this by realizing that maybe that extra trip to Target or the grocery store is unnecessary. Rather than wasting gas, time, and money to go back to the store and buy that missing egg, maybe try searching your pantry to see what else you can make or substitute it with, or ask your neighbors if you can borrow an egg instead!
Reduce Meat Intake
The origins of the spread of coronavirus are believed to stem from a seafood market in China in which the virus jumped from either a bat or pangolin to a human. This discovery then led to China making a sweeping ban on the consumption and farming of wild animals. The hope is that this ban may drastically change the way that China and the rest of the world approach meat consumption. We already know that meat consumption is one of the leading causes of climate change and given how many diseases spread from humans eating meat, it might be time that we start reducing our meat intake for the sake of our health as well.
Of course, every person in the world doesn’t need to become vegetarian, although this would certainly be good for the Earth. Even reducing your meat intake to a few times per week can have a great environmental impact! This can also save you a lot of money in the long run because meat products are one of the most expensive things to buy. Try starting slow with doing just one day a week meat-free, or if you feel ready to jump all-in and become a vegan, then more power to you!
As the world continues to grapple with the wide-ranging effects of coronavirus, one thing that is clear is that we cannot move forward in the same way as before. Our old systems and old ways of life are no longer sustainable and have greatly contributed to this worldwide catastrophe. It is time that we move forward in a positive and sustainable direction, making the clear skies from the lockdown last as long as possible!
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