With more time on my hands during the pandemic, I’ve been trying to incorporate more sustainable habits into my daily life (note: these are mostly baby steps). This post serves as an accountability measure to track my progress, and hopefully will also give some ideas.
Ways I’m currently sustainable:
- I eat a lot of homegrown or picked-from-the-wild produce. This summer’s list consists of: zucchinis, potatoes, green beans, green onions, apples, figs, blackberries, and more.
- I’ve stopped eating red meat (both for environmental and health reasons).
- I purchased a reusable silicone straw.
- I use a reusable water bottle instead of plastic bottles.
- I walk a lot to nearby stores (basically anywhere in a 2-mile radius).
- I reuse magazines and turn them into stickers.
- I keep a collection of scrap paper from old school assignments that I can use to doodle on, do math, and other miscellaneous things.
- I bring a reusable bag to stores.
- I recently got a free kitchen compost bin from my city’s waste services.
- Recycling, obviously.
- Purchase less fast fashion by only thrifting or investing in high-quality clothing.
- Stop buying notebooks and purchase less stationery.
- Stop using plastic wrap when storing food (opt for glass containers).
- Purchase less products with single-use plastic packaging.
- Donate old technology devices.
- Use rags instead of paper towels.
- Reuse peanut butter jars.
- Look into sustainable menstrual products.
- Drink more plant-based milk and yogurt.
If I could purchase my own groceries and had financial independence, sustainability would be much easier. Unfortunately, I’m stuck at home this year. However, these are all goals that I can realistically pursue, and I think everyone should create their own sustainability goals to follow!