The planet is now undergoing one of the most horrible viral outbreaks that humankind has ever witnessed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the world was shut down and dealing with the crisis became a problem for many. Still, though we’re careful, let’s not avoid being positive. The world has witnessed great conflicts, epidemics, and other calamities have been seen in the world, but human beings have always been on the winning side, and let us hope and expect that the present problem can also be resolved.
Holding all the difficulties and daily issues aside, let us make the most use of the time that we are all running against and doing something constructive otherwise. Since we are all homebound, why not fight it by indulging in things that we previously ignored for lack of time and bringing about sustainable improvements in yourself. Availing a home loan can turn out to be the best option.
Some changes for a sustainable lifestyle
If it has been a habit to read the daily news and catch up on the latest update on COVID-19, it is time to learn something more exciting and better. It would be helpful if you educated yourself on other urgent facets of the crisis, such as how your everyday routine leads to the problem when you are homebound and have plenty of time in hand. You can further review and educate yourself about how to help strengthen the situation and where your actions can have the most effect on positive change.
Grow the food yourself
It is the safest time to pick your food carefully, with most restaurants and cafés closed for a substantial period, and with massive delays in online orders. In your backyard, or even on a window ledge, you can attempt to grow your very own vegetables. You can grow regular basics like tomatoes, chillies, curry leaves, okra, carrots, etc. Only some plants, dirt, light and water are what you need. So while you’re at home, why not plant the seeds for your future food?
Cut the wastage of water
You can feel tempted to take a leisurely shower and linger in the bath for a more extended period. Yet, think of the amount of water that you may be losing. Research shows that Indian households lose about 125 million litres of water every day. So it can help to minimise water wastage by taking an effective soak.
Walk for buying stuff
Walk instead of driving to the nearest supermarket or convenience store. Rolling to the supermarket will also help you get the exercise you need to keep you safe and tick your immune system to stop the flu. For a better and happier life, you should establish and practise this good habit long after the lockdown is lifted.
Indulge yourself in hobbies
If you’ve plenty of time to spare, why not rekindle your enthusiasm and partake in things you enjoy. Be it sports, writing, horticulture, drawing, cooking, or blogging. Dig out all the art and cookbook supplies, and let the artistic juices pour freely.
Unplug the chargers
Unplug the machines that are not in service, stop consuming excess resources and save on power prices. Identified as ‘energy vampires,’ even though they’re not switched on, certain electronics machines continue to consume power and can account for up to 10 % of your per month electricity bill. Pull the plug and reduce the energy consumption and costs up to about ₹ 1000 to ₹ 2000 a year. Invest in a smart power strip to streamline the unplugging process to cut off power from all your devices at once.
Stop using the single-use plastic
By 2050, according to the research that there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. While going cold turkey on plastic can be difficult, you can take incremental measures to minimise your consumption. In addition to recycling, a convenient way to curb back on plastic use is to substitute single-use plastics such as cutlery, straws, water bottles and plastic shopping bags with reusable alternatives.
No To Fast Fashion
The fast fashion industry focuses on the rapid, inexpensive manufacturing of garments, and it is an often overlooked component of pollution. Fashion brands also prefer reduced manufacturing rates at the detriment of the environment. Due to their use of toxic additives, heavy usage of water and skyrocketing amounts of textile waste, they have been the world’s second-highest polluter. To mitigate the environmental effects, be a part of the solution by buying ethical brands.
These little steps can make a significant impact on the sustainable way of living. And what better way it could be to initiate it first at home. Make these sustainable changes for your family and contribute to achieving a sustainable development goal.