It does not take a scientist to realize that this pandemic has taken an extra toll on the environment. For one, there’s the issue of disposable facemasks that has posed a threat to the marine world. There’s the problem with face shields that’s contributing more waste to the landfill. So in today’s tough times, is there a way to still live an ecofriendly lifestyle?
Here are 5 ways to manage the impact of waste and lifestyle in times of Covid 19.
1. Shift to recyclable face coverings. Disposable masks and other used personal protective equipment are washed up to the shoreline thus endangering the marine life. To solve this issue, it is best to use reusable face covering instead of opting for single-use choices. What’s better is that you can actually save up by choosing to make them on your own. Basically, the World Health Organization recommends that we use a mask that comes with at least 2 layers of fabric.
2. Do not overdo the use of disposable gloves. If you are merely going out to do your grocery, do you really still need to use disposable gloves? These gloves are just contributing to the overwhelming waste issues that the world is facing.
Of course, there are people in certain professions who will have the need to use gloves in their daily life but this is not the case with the general public. In fact, if you are not using your gloves rightly then there’s a big chance that you are actually contributing in the spread of the virus. The WHO does not recommend the public to use disposable gloves. It is best to wash your hands often.
3. Limit your energy usage. People these days had rely so much on their gadgets to kill boredom while staying at home. However, it is still encouraged to limit your energy usage to limit greenhouse gas emissions. You can turn the heat down to a couple degrees to save on your electric bill. During daytime, it is best to use natural lights instead of switching your lights on. Turn off appliances that are not in use. Be mindful of how much you spend in front of your computer or cellphone.
4. Try upcycling! Even during these times of pandemic, it is important to always be mindful of how much single-use plastic products you are patronizing. To help save the environment, it is wise to reuse items and containers that you would normally throw away. There are so many tips you can find online about recycling and upcycling. You can even follow our Pinterest page for these tips.
5. Encourage others to do the same. It’s always a collective effort. If you try to encourage your friends or family members to do the same then you will likely be able to offer bigger contribution to saving the environment. Remember that this pandemic is not an excuse not to think of our future.
Save the earth today for tomorrow!