Coronavirus has certainly changed the way we live. With the ‘Stay at home’ order, schools, offices and factories limiting their activities, airlines that cancelled up to 90% of their flights, our habits have seen a drastic change in the past few months. However, whilst we have been focusing on how to restructure our lives, let’s look at the huge impact that this virus is having on the environment.
Not just medical waste has been on the incline, but everyday plastic items are being encouraged to use, rather than sustainable alternatives. For example,in the US reusable bags have been banned in New Hampshire because they seem more likely to carry Coronavirus. As well as this, in the UK, Starbucks are not accepting reusable cups from customers anymore and are now serving in disposable single-use cups as an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus.
Here are some ways we can minimise our environmental impact from home:
1. Make your own reusable face mask with fabric scraps or old clothes. https://www.greenmatters.com/p/how-to-make-your-own-mask
2. Using refill bottles of hand sanitizer to reduce plastic usage
3. Shop smart, reduce food waste and only buy food you will use.
4. Donate any food you might throw away to food banks. Find the nearest food bank to you: https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/
5. Use fabric scraps or old clothes to use as alternatives to paper towels.
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