21 Apr 3 ways to practice a low impact lifestyle during lockdown
Try new recipes for your zero-waste home
There are endless ideas online of what you can “do-it-yourself” at home, and there’s no better time to try new things and experiment than now. Here are some ideas of what to look for and try out:
- Read our latest blog article on having a DIY self-care day during lockdown. You can find lots of inspiration for homemade beauty products with simple ingredients.
- You can try one of our facemask recipes. Head on over to our Instagram page!
- Mix a delicious smoothie with fruits, vegetables, liquids and superfoods you have at home. The magical formula is: 1 cup liquid (almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water, juice, milk, water, yoghurt) + 1 cup fruits (apple, banana, grapes, mango, orange, peach, pear, pineapple) + any extras you’d like (oats, chia seeds, flaxseeds/flax powder, hemp seeds, cashews, walnuts, leafy greens for a green smoothie). Enjoy!
- Bake bread without yeast: 500 g flour, 16 g baking powder, 380 ml water, 1-2 tsp. salt, 2 tbsp. olive oil. Bake it for 40 min. at 200 °C. Optional you can add 2 tbsp of your favourite seeds.
- Make a spread for your bread: Hummus, vegan spreads with pulses, new mixtures of cream cheese…get creative!
- Prepare your own all-purpose cleaner: Put the peel of an orange or two lemons in a 500 ml glass jar, fill it up with vinegar, close it and let it rest for 2 weeks. With that cleaner you are ready to make a proper spring clean in autumn, both environment friendly and package free 🙂
Sort out your wardrobe
Do you remember the term “reduce” from our 3 REs? It is about reducing your overall consumption but also reducing what you have to keep your space and mind decluttered and healthy. During lockdown, take some time to sort out your wardrobe using these five easy steps:
- Take EVERYTHING out of your cupboard
- Find the clothes that you haven´t worn in a looong time (broken clothes or ones you know you haven’t worn)
- Only keep the clothes that you wear regularly. Pro Tip: Take a look at what’s usually on your drying rack. What usually hangs there? Those will be the things that you wear most and can keep.
- Ask yourself, do I really feel very comfortable wearing this? How does this top or pants make me feel? Does this piece make me happy?
- Make a list of where what can be donated or sold. Here are some places that you can try out to get rid old things: Facebook Buy and Swap groups, organise a garage market, go to second hand markets, get in contact with hospices, hospitals, children’s homes or organise a “clothes changing party” with your friends, all after lockdown.
Another good hack you can try is to turn and hang your hangers the other way around in your wardrobe. Each time you wear an item, turn the hanger around. After 6 months, you’ll be able to see which items you have worn and which items you did not touch at all. Sorting out your clothes is a very good way to reflect on what you actually need, what makes you happy and seeing what is actually just taking up closet space. Try being very honest with yourself.
You will see, the reduced wardrobe will bring huge relief and more clarity to your life. At the same time, you’ll also feel good knowing that you’re helping those who receive your donated items.
Learn new things
Instead of lying in front of the TV or scrolling through social media, try using some of your time to read up on things that you always wanted to know. For instance, why not read up on plastic? . Do you know what the numbers in the small triangle on plastic items mean? Now is your chance to find out!
You can also try reading up on things such as gardening and permaculture. You can learn how to plan your new vegetable garden and begin when the lockdown is over. How amazing would it be to just go outside and collect the ingredients for your dinner? Maybe you can plant some herbs to put in your new spread, or spinach for your new smoothie recipe that you tried during this lockdown period.
In any case, we are in a time of change. Reason enough to change some old habits as well and try new things. Enjoy your journey, every step of it. And leave a comment, if you liked our inspirations. We love to hear about your experiences 💚