Covid 19 caused Mother Earth to Glo Up.
A lot has changed since COVID-19 has started. Our routines, jobs, events, and lives as we know them have been altered drastically by this “new norm.” However, it’s important to also recognize the positive impacts that Coronavirus has had on the planet and its overall health. We can learn from these changes and continue to make better decisions as we move forward coming out of the pandemic.
The usage of gasoline in the US dropped by 50% and jet fuel by 75% in the first two weeks of April, which means that transportation emissions also dropped drastically. This has reduced smog and improved air quality in densely populated areas, and especially big cities like Los Angeles and New York City. People have only been making necessary trips or have significantly cut back on the amount of driving and traveling they do. Moving forward, try to consolidate errands to certain times and places. For example, having a plan to get an oil change then go grocery shopping on the same day because they’re both on one side of town is better than doing the errands on separate days. Also see if anyone in your neighborhood or area wants to carpool! The less emissions we put out from transportation, the healthier we will be and Mother Nature will reap the same reward.
On social media and from family and friends, we’ve seen a lot of people coming up with creative ways to reuse and repurpose things in their homes. Whether it’s restoring old furniture or making art from stuff in an old forgotten junk bin, try diverting your spring cleaning finds from the landfill to something with a new purpose!
Reusable is the new disposable! While a lot of the recommended COVID-19 cleaners and personal protective equipment are single use, try to find reusable or greener options. Need a mask? We've got you covered! They’re super cute, washable, and have an option to add a filter. Wiping down packages and shared surfaces? Check out reusable paper towels! Buying reusable options can save you money in the long run and give you some peace of mind when store supply is limited during the pandemic. If single use options are the only options available to you, please be sure to dispose of them properly and responsibly.
What are some habits you’ve picked up during COVID-19 that you’ll be taking into the future? Comment below.