Zero waste hacks you can start while quarantining
“Kinda feeling like the Earth just sent us all to our rooms to think about what we’ve done.” @iamlisaprice
By now we have all realized that this quarantine is for real. As frightening as living in limbo may be, it is comforting to know that simply by staying indoors, we are doing proactively fighting the virus AND reducing our carbon footprint. According to NBC News and Lauri Myllyvirta, an analyst at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air in Finland, the decrease in mobility has contributed to a 25 percent drop in China’s carbon dioxide emissions over four weeks beginning in late January, compared to the same time last year.
Still most of us feel stagnant and stuck with this new free time. We finally have some time on our hands and we aren’t quite sure what to do with it during this period of unrest. We have found that some people are using this time to start a meditation practice, (Coming soon! A new IGTV series to bring your comfort in your home- complete with a beditation and sound bath) some are hosting group trivia/cocktail parties/game nights and some are just trying to get a good night’s rest (if this is you, don’t miss out on our Sound Asleep Guide with sleep tips from meditation gurus, yogis and more.)
And there is another group of people. A group that really personifies what it means to live with an eco-attitude. These people are using their time to help mother earth heal. They are the doers of the earth. They are making their own difference. Want to join them? We handpicked three of their tips to get you started. No human contact required.
Let’s Go Composting
We were giddy to see Rachel Hollis (@msrachelhollis) begin composting:
“I AM A COMPOSTER. Compost Official!! The joy that this brings me is NOT normal. I’ll probably be an organic farmer by the end of this quarantine!! Let’s 🍏get 🥒 scrappy 🥦”
Composting can seem intimidating. Most people think you need a big backyard. Not true. Check out this guide from our friends at Yuzu Magazine. There are even suggestions for composting in your kitchen. Yes, you can compost indoors WITH worms. ***Joyous composting Instagram photo not required, but strongly encouraged.***
Plastic Free is the Life for Me
It is so easy to reach for a plastic water bottle when you are running errands or out and about. But when you are stuck at home, you become acutely aware of just how much plastic you are using. Let’s use this newfound time and awareness to reduce plastic usage, one step at a time.
Step 1: Take it all in. Where are you using the most amount of single-use plastics?
Step 2: Start with one area that will have the largest impact. If your cleaning supplies are all plastic, look into sustainable cleaning solutions. Too many bottles of water? Replace them with a reusable option and filter. Got a beauty closet Kylie Jenner would be jealous of? Look into zero waste cosmetic brands and recycling programs like those from MAC and Lush. You get the idea.
Step 3: Tackle a new plastic each week.
And lastly, if 99% of your house was delivered via Amazon, you can request that they limit plastic packaging whenever possible. ←-I know, our minds were blown too.
Recycle, Reuse, Wash, Reuse
Paper Towel shortage + Spring cleaning! Has there ever been a better time to ween yourself off these ‘one and done’ paper products? You might need them for toilet paper …(kidding, kinda). As you begin to sort through your home, you are likely to find old clothes, towels and sheets that you no longer need. Try using these scraps for dish towels. We have even had people reuse their ettitude bedding bags as all-purpose towels. Bonus—we’ve already upcycled them once, they’re made from fabric cut-offs.
If you have a friend who swears you are doing more harm than good by washing your dishtowels, you can kindly drop this truth bomb from Kathryn Kellogg (@going.zero.waste):
“It takes 8 gallons of water to create ONE paper plate.
It takes 37 gallons of water to create ONE roll of toilet paper
It takes 3 liters of water to create ONE liter of bottled water”
The biggest takeaway is to start small and manageable and to not get overwhelmed. Master what you can, when you can. If you feel confident and are looking to do more, you can also check out our blog on making your own zero-waste cleaning supplies. Please feel free to share more zero waste hacks with us and our community in the comments. Comforting you and our planet is always our goal, but especially during difficult times. That’s living with eco-attitude. And that is what we are all about.