From the end of the daily commute to working in pyjamas, lockdown caused by Covid-19 has changed our world. Many of us are now spending more time than ever at home. We are working, exercising and digitally socialising from our living rooms or bedrooms. As well as spending more time at home, lockdown has changed our lifestyle. We are socialising in different ways, shopping in different ways and looking after ourselves in different ways.
Lockdown and covid-19 has been extremely challenging. It has led to loss of life for millions across the globe and negative impacts on mental health. But could the change in lifestyle and spending more time at home perhaps allowed us to embrace sustainability or try a sustainable lifestyle for the first time?
Time, reflection and experimentation
As well as changing our habits, lockdown has allowed us to reflect and think more. The extra time we have and the lack of social engagements has perhaps allowed us the chance to Question or decisions and make more informed choices and test different behaviours from our own homes.
Lockdown has given many of us more time to try new things. Whether it be trying Tik Tok coffees, experimenting with new foods are trying a new home workout, Lockdown has given us the time to experiment.
More awareness about sustainability…
Lockdown also coincided with some of the biggest signals of the climate crisis and research has made us more aware of the direct impact our behaviours have on the planet. The 2020 wildfires created some of the most extraordinary and terrifying photographs ever. They were a stark reminder that no area of the world is immune from the consequences of climate change. Research surrounding the climate crisis has also become more mainstream with documentaries such as ‘David Attenborough: A life on our Planet’ receiving glowing reviews.
Has Covid-19 helped the environment?
Carbon emission sharply fell during lockdown. Images of the clear Venice canals, and increase in wildlife within our cities and blue skies over Delhi illustrated the changes.
Sustainable lifestyle choices
Time at home coupled with an increase in awareness about climate change has led many of us to try new sustainability tips. Perhaps spending the time to learn more about seasonal foods, trying to eat less meat, focusing on recycling or trying a new reusable product. Of course we have to be wary and realise that, spending more time at home may also lead to an increase in electricity and gas use and and increase in water use.
3 Lilypads Tips for trying to be more sustainable at home…
- Reusable period products: Lockdown is the perfect time to try a reusable period product for the first time. You are able to go the bathroom as much as possible and it does not matter as much if you leak. You can learn more about your period and cut down your menstrual waste at the same time. Why not try our pads today.
- Cut down water use: The average UK person uses 142 litres of water every day. Reducing your shower length by as little as a minute can save more than 5 gallons of water.Find out more.
- Food waste: Food waste is most likely the largest part of your personal waste. Composting can be an amazing way to avoid this waste as food cannot degrade properly in landfill. By composting you will prevent the greenhouse gases released from food waste. Of course not everyone may have access to a garden. Contact your local council and share your desire to compost food- they can put you in touch with food recycling or local composting initiatives.