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10 Things to do become a more sustainable Lockdown-ie


We’re past the 4-week mark, and lockdown can feel LONG. But instead of this time seeming like a complete waste of time, how about using this opportunity to make a couple of those lifestyle changes that you’ve been meaning to get round to!?


Become the Ultimate Plant Parent


Take this extra bit of time to research all your house plants and learn how to actually care for them. The biggest travesty is seeing these babies die – and it’s actually so easy to kill them. Yet, now is the time to become the ultimate plant parent and to learn EXACTLY what each of your house plants is and what it needs to thrive. Check out these amazing resources and get that indoor jungle growing!

https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/care/indoor-plant-care/

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=290


Get the Ball Rolling


Lockdown has really made us value our time; to realise where to spend more time and energy into understanding WHAT you think is a beneficial use of your time. Reflecting on this can make you realise that there are causes that are actually really close to your heart; why not act on these?

Look into them and figure out how you can actually make a difference. Send emails to charities you’d like to volunteer for when all of this is over. You can channel your energies into making the change you wish to see in the world!




Take up a new crafty hobby


With so much more time on our hands; less commuting, more flexible hours, now is the time to take up something new. And crafting is a fantastic way to get those creative juices flowing AND to enable you to have something to show for it.

Why don’t you upcycle that jumper that’s been sitting in your cupboard, take up cross-stitch or knit a pair of socks for a friend?


Lobby your local government for environmental change


With such uncertain waters, the British government is having to change their attitude to many social and environmental issues. Now could be the time to make a plan as to the best ways to put pressure on them to change for the benefit of the world. You never know what will happen in the next few months, or even a year!



Start growing your own fruit and veg – you don’t even need a balcony to do it!!!


With no guarantee as to how long this period of uncertainty is going to go on for, and with concerns of food shortages on the rise, now might be the time to make your balcony/garden more than just an outside space. It’s surprisingly easy to get started on the cultivation front. So, get out those gardening gloves and channel your inner Alan Titchmarsh.

https://www.daviddomoney.com/beginners-guide-to-growing-fruit-and-veg/

https://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/low-maintenance-veg-and-fruit/

https://www.growveg.co.uk/guides/grow-an-edible-garden-on-your-balcony/


Get on the banana bread hype


(ok, I might have baked 10 different recipes to find my top 2 for you here:)

This recipe is super simple and doesn’t need any of those ‘hard to get during lockdown’ ingredients (apart from flour). Adding some baked bananas on top makes it even more delicious: https://www.thebakingfairy.net/2015/05/the-perfect-vegan-banana-bread/

If you’re looking for a healthier option, this one is fantastic. It’s moist and naturally sweet AND you can use applesauce for an oil-free snack: https://simple-veganista.com/vegan-banana-tea-bread/


Bring out your inner Gordon Ramsey


Food is fuel; why don’t you try your hand at making some of the food on those fancy YouTube channels that you watch!

Rachel Ama has so many easy-to-make recipes: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdkRT_G7eqNTytm52zMw40g


Max La Manna has SO many ways to reduce food waste AND has recipes to help you on that journey: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCusvG_uAvkU_4qzx788Z3HQ


Good Eatings has absolutely stunning videos and her recipes are equally as beautiful: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEQ-DEA2aGxcpUNgGsf-xBg


And for something a little more challenging – who doesn’t love vegan king Gaz Oakley (Avant Garde Vegan): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF-ACPYNN0oXD4ihS5mbbmw



Make a Pen Pal


In a society of instant messaging and phone calls, it’s so easy to forget the beauty of writing; the personalisation of writing a card to someone. Why not bring this ‘ancient’ practice back into play and write to a friend, family member, or even a stranger. This small act could help everyone to feel more connected in these crazy times!




Upcycle your old furniture


Let’s be honest, there’s often that one piece of furniture in your house that you don’t really like. You’re keeping it for functionality but not for style. Instead of advertising it on Gumtree or taking it to the tip (both of which aren’t really possible in the current climate), why not revamp it. You never know, you could make a gem out of that unwanted table, chair or cupboard. Upcycle That breaks down your projects into items, then you can go from there. Get sprucing!

https://www.upcyclethat.com


Meditate


This new way of life has definitely caused everything to slow. Instead of being caught up in a ridiculously fast-paced lifestyle, quarantine has given the opportunity to take a step back and spend more time on YOURSELF. Meditation is the perfect outlet for this. You can spend one minute, or one hour; it doesn’t matter how long you can do it for, only that you take the time to focus on YOU.



What ever you find to fill your time. Stay safe, stay smiling and stay productive


Words by Alice Harrison