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9 tips for a zero waste lockdown

Nine Tips for Zero Waste Locking

The fact is that this pandemic has changed our lives drastically. The impact of the COVID-19 virus on people, society, businesses and the public health system is devastating. Undeniably, this is a challenging time for everyone. But at the same time, it is truly a wonderful thing to see the growing sense of community and solidarity, and people all over the world supporting each other.

"Physical" distance does not mean that we must be socially disconnected from each other (but the opposite). The saying "we are stronger together" has never been more meaningful. In this era, we need to care about each other and our world more than ever. With this in mind, and considering the individual, our community and our planet, we have prepared some tips that can inspire those who want to take this opportunity to rethink their lifestyle and habits to spend this moment in an “environmentally friendly way” people:

1. Plan your meals in advance

Since many restaurants are closed and people are required to stay at home, we will cook more meals-which is great for some people! However, an important exercise to do before buying food is to plan meals in advance for the next few weeks. This will not only help you ensure that you buy enough food during this period, but it will also ensure that no food is wasted. Don't forget that many perishable commodities, such as fruits and vegetables, can be frozen! By learning how to cook with leftover food and use everything that is about to expire, this exercise can also be a great opportunity to increase your creativity in the kitchen. Therefore, planning your meals before shopping can be a good exercise to prevent food waste while improving your organization and cooking skills!

2. Start composting (if you haven't already)

You may have noticed that as a result of staying at home and cooking more, your organic waste has also increased. Organic waste is usually one of the most challenging waste streams in urban areas, as it is usually the largest source of household waste. Composting organic waste has many benefits to the environment. It not only returns nutrients to the soil and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, but also avoids hazardous disposal systems such as landfill and incineration. (For more information on the benefits of composting, please check our Blog post.) Therefore, when you are at home, please consider composting your organic waste. Even if you don’t have a garden, there are other alternatives, such as worm dumpsters and community composting yards.

3. Support your community (for example: local food suppliers)

Local businesses are vital to the sustainability of our communities, our planet (most of which are based on short supply chains that reduce carbon footprints), as well as job growth and creation of entrepreneurial opportunities. In times of crisis, we will inevitably see many local companies suffer losses because they usually do not have cash reserves to sustain their livelihoods. Therefore, if you need to buy something, please try to buy it locally first!

4. Eat well!

At such moments, taking care of our health and immune system is essential to keep our bodies strong and healthy! Focus on healthy eating and healthy eating, using what nature provides you: vegetables, fruits and grains! Most fruits and vegetables are in bulk or unpackaged, including in many large supermarket chains, so you can boost your immune system while reducing the footprint of plastic and packaging. Remember that most vegetables and fruits can also be frozen, so you can plan accordingly to avoid food waste (ps: don’t forget to read our tips 1 and 2, plan your meals in advance and compost organics ;-))

5. Properly sort garbage

As you may know, people who work in the waste disposal department (waste workers) are listed as basic jobs that cannot be stopped during this period and are dealing with everyone's waste every day (read more). Therefore, as citizens, to minimize the impact of the pandemic on their lives, we can at least concentrate on sorting garbage correctly. According to EU guidelines on waste management in the context of the coronavirus crisis:

"In the context of the coronavirus crisis, it is more important for citizens to better separate garbage and ensure a clean flow of recyclables to garbage treatment facilities."

In addition, please keep in mind that your municipality may set up some temporary interruptions in the collection process, especially waste that requires special treatment, including WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), batteries or household chemicals (should not enter the remaining Trash can). Therefore, please stay informed about the garbage collection advice in your city. Of course, the general recommendation is to reduce the garbage in your home where possible and ensure that it is properly sorted (recyclables, etc.). In this way, we help protect waste workers and facilitate their work during such difficult times.

6. Organize your house

Being locked at home seems like a great opportunity to organize the space where you live (and possibly work at the moment), doesn't it? This exercise can help you improve your home (and work) environment and happiness. When you look at your items at home, you also need to reconsider which items can have other functions or can be reused instead of giving away. You may be surprised how you can save money, time and space by changing things! When you finish the sorting process, just store the unneeded sorted items in the given space, because most of the places where we can reuse or recycle items are currently closed. Don't throw them away!

7. DIY——Do it yourselfWith many stores closing, instead of turning to e-commerce and being overwhelmed by tons of packaging, why not try your creativity and try to do things yourself? For example, have you run out of facial masks, moisturizers, hand creams/body creams, deodorants, shampoos or other cosmetics? There are many natural and amazing cosmetics that you can make at home with simple ingredients (some inspirations here and here)! The same applies to household products. For example, did you know that you can make a versatile house cleaner with only 3 simple ingredients? When it comes to food, the "DIY" world is limitless-even pumpkin seeds you might want to throw away can be turned into delicious and healthy milk (read how to do it here).

Discover the beauty and fun of making your own products with love, while avoiding waste and promoting your health and creativity!

8. Try reusable hygiene products

Menstrual supplies and diapers are indispensable necessities for menstruation and their families. If you fall into this category, instead of going to the store to pile disposable clothes in the closet (which will soon become a waste pile), this may be the opportunity you are waiting for, try that cool repeatable piece Used panties or reusable diapers! In addition to having many environmental benefits (reducing waste and reducing resource intensiveness), these reusable products can also bring high economic savings to consumers.

According to a recent study, compared with disposable diapers, it can save 200 to 2,000 euros (reusable diapers) and more than 4,400 euros (reusable menstrual products) in a lifetime. The same study also revealed the annoying facts about the use of hazardous chemicals in traditional disposable diapers (which can touch the baby’s skin) and traditional disposable menstrual products, such as endocrine disrupting substances (related to heart disease), Infertility and cancer). The same logic applies to reusable cleaning cloths, which are more sustainable and cost-effective than disposable wipes. Recent news indicates that during the lockdown, many consumers are buying reusable items. Let us embrace this active lifestyle change and finally get rid of those nasty plastic disposable products!

9. Take care of yourself and others

last but not least. Keeping dirt away from our minds and spirits is as important as preventing waste from entering our homes. Take care of your health, because our thoughts and emotions are essential to a healthy life! Social distancing only requires physical limitations, but it does not mean disconnecting from others. We are together, and we will survive the difficulties as a community. Let us support and take care of each other and share positive, kind words and love.

One thing is certain-this pandemic will pass (hopefully soon), but we should retain the lessons learned about ourselves, our lives, habits, society, communities and the world as a whole, and we should maintain collective support Your understanding should never be underestimated.

Stay safe and take care of each other.

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Disclaimer: Isolation and lock-in restrictions can bring complex emotions and "ups and downs" to all of us, which are quite comprehensive. Therefore, no one should feel stressed or guilty for not following any of these prompts. Respect for your time, feelings and health should be the top priority. Do what you can, use what you have.

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