We get it, Climate Change has taken a back seat since the C-Word has entered our lives.
When we first got told we couldn’t use our Keep Cups at our local cafe, we were truly devastated. It felt like a lot of campaigning and progress was undone within a moment.
While in isolation, we’ve really been struggling to maintain certain aspects of sustainability - we’ve opted in favour of convenience, because, let’s be honest, we have a small toddler each and we’re trying to run two businesses from home with no child care available to us (given our incomes have significantly decreased, paying for childcare isn’t an option anymore).
We see people making bread and pasta from scratch and think ‘well, that would be nice’ but we are just trying to survive...which we’re sure you are too.
In saying that, we’re still trying to make a conscious effort to stay sustainable in isolation and it has given us a good excuse to start some projects that have quickly turned into activities for our babies to help with.
Here’s our Top Five:
- Plant a herb garden - we’ve been meaning to sort out our herb gardens for ages. We put herbs in everything we cook and we spend TONNES on herbs at the shops, not to mention the plastic waste they are wrapped in. We’ve got Thyme, Rosemary, Chillis and Basil. They are easy to grow, cheap to set up and you’ll save cash in the long run. They can even be grown on small balconies or windowsills (ask Steph as she has her apartment balcony littered with pots!) This is also a great way to reuse those disposable coffee cups if you have them - mini herb gardens for your mini people.
- Ditch plastic wrap - we’ve been reusing jars (basically every kind of jar gets reused) and they make great storage containers for leftovers! You can also use these jars for craft supplies storage for your little ones AND you can even let them make their own galaxy (see here for many inspirational ideas!)
- Buy fresh fruit and vegetables - the cost of groceries is rapidly increasing. We’ve opted for buying more fresh ingredients than packaged foods, and also less meat (favouring vegetarian recipes means a cheaper grocery bill and you're lessening your carbon footprint!) Buying from a local grocer or Harris Farm will be easier to find fruit and vegetables that aren’t wrapped in copious amounts of plastic wrap or packaging. If you do have to buy in plastic containers, keep them and buy some seeds to sprout - we planted snow peas in an old strawberry container and they sprouted!
- Limit your number of take away items - we are turning to take away in an environment lacking our usual dining out options. Choose take away items that come in cardboard rather than plastic (like pizza or check out your local cafe as many are doing take away in cardboard boxes!) Also, pick it up if you can (apps like UberEats screws over the restaurant and in these desperate times, everyone needs to support small and local)
Learn to make your own cleaning products: We know that disinfecting is important at the moment, but also a challenge to find in store, and it sees us going through many more plastic bottles. But there are natural household staples that can disinfect and clean all areas of your home and laundry. Now’s the time to start learning and stocking up. Check out some recipes here
It’s a time to get back to basics and simplify. We’ve suddenly realised that the only things that matter in life is a roof over our heads, time with our families, food, streaming services, music, online yoga and wine.
We don’t need much to survive and stay healthy and sane.
Steph & Al x