Updated: Sep 12
#1 – Bag your own commodities like groceries
In the wake of the COVID-19 situation, it has become more important than ever to follow healthy and sustainable practices. These go beyond following the social distancing norms, or wearing masks in public. While many countries have announced yellow or green phases, it is still important to keep up at following the sustainability practices. With a majority of the population staying home, staying safe – there are interesting ways to craft a healthy and sustainable lifestyle amidst the pandemic. Here are 5 simple ways you can follow a sustainable lifestyle.
Instead of depending on plastic carry bags given by your grocery shop, carry your own paper or jute bags. This will not only help in elimination of plastic, but also is a safe practice as you’re using containers from your home that are free from any outside germs or viruses. Make it a rule to always have earth-friendly carry bags with you whenever you step out for shopping goods or commodities.
#2 – Shop locally
The times are hard for every industry out there, and it’s especially difficult for the local shops in your neighborhood to sustain the COVID wave. By shopping locally, you can help these small and medium sized businesses to stay afloat during these times, and do your part. This is a sustainable practice which will go a long way in making every community self reliant and self sustainable.
#3 – Support the artisans community
One of the majorly struck economic communities during the pandemic is the artisans community. With no trade or art fairs being conducted, and lots of orders cancelled – the artisans communities are living on an edge of uncertainty. While buying beautiful handicraft items that’ll enhance your living space might not be on the top of your list, you can purchase functional items of daily usage from artisans through online platforms.
The handicraft sector has quickly adapted to these times by making mindful products that are made for sustainability, while also keeping up the aesthetics and artistic standards. Beautiful masks and gloves are available in different colours, designs, and patterns for people to stay safe and also make an unique fashion statement. Additionally, there are other eco-friendly handicraft products like earthenware vases, artsy pottery designs, and more to shop from. Extend your support to the local artisans community and help them weather the storm of COVID-19.
#4 – Eat mindfully
While eating mindfully is something we should practice everyday, it is especially important during these times. With cooking at home becoming the new norm now, ordering in packed family meals from good restaurants is slowly seeing a rise too. Choose what you want to eat very purposefully and try to stay away from deeply cooked and fried meals. Adopt a more minimalist and high-nutrients diet.
#5 – Wear your masks – Reusable ones!
Last but never the least, do not forget to wear your masks, even when you’re stepping out for a bit. This is not only to protect yourself but also others around you. Try to buy reusable masks instead of use-and-throw disposable ones, so you don’t add up to the already existing junk and waste.
These simple yet effective lifestyle habits will go a long way in contributing to your healthy and sustainable lifestyle, and help you both sustain and prosper during the times of COVID-19.