There’s a lot to think about as we go back to work in this next phase of a post-COVID industry. Our primary focus at home and in the workplace will be our safety. We’ll re-negotiate everyday spaces, practices, and personal routines often due to a combination of industry protocols and scientific-based guidelines. As we do this we shouldn’t ignore other events such as the wildfires in the West that parallel the epidemic. These fires are indicative of the repercussions of the climate crisis. Just as we respond to evolving COVID guidelines we should continue to demonstrate green practices as we transition back into the work place or working from home. Though it could feel daunting keeping up with these practices while we monitor our health and safety it’s imperative for our future.
Here are some refreshers and tips you can use at home or in the office.
Transitioning to a more plant-based diet can be challenging. Consider the environment as one motivator for making a diet change. Sustainability at UCLA makes the case for going plant-based. “If each and every person in the United States gave up meat and dairy products on one or more days of the week; ideally, all days of the week, we would save the environment from thousands of tons of carbon emissions.” In a report from the United Nations released in 2019 it was found that food production, specifically livestock rearing, contributes to global warming through the methane gas the animals produce, but also via deforestation.
Exploring a plant-based diet through cooking at home is good start. “Lifestyle changes prompted by stay-at-home orders, such as cooking at home, have brought about positive changes in how people are consuming and acquiring goods,” says Darby Hoover. Discover different ways you can ease into a new lifestyle whether it be Meatless Mondays or cooking a new plant-based recipe once a week. Try out these recipes!
Grow NYC – https://www.grownyc.org/
Atlanta Public Works – https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/public-works/recycling-program
New Jersey Recycling Information – https://nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/residential.html
Recycling basics – https://learn.eartheasy.com/guides/recycling-basics-for-the-home/
Rethink common household products – https://homehacks.co/55-brilliant-ways-reuse-common-household-items/
Minimalist Baker – https://minimalistbaker.com/
Sustainable brands – https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/reusable-face-masks
Shop local – https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/?extlink=CH=ps-CU=us-BU=GABM-skw=US-EN_GABM_GGL_Shop+Small_NB_Shop+Small_E_STANDARD-SS_Local-p55300771032-TST=ShopSmall2Search-EEP_URL=g_psea&cpid=g_psea&gclid=Cj0KCQjwhvf6BRCkARIsAGl1GGiZeDd2oXt_mNeO3R3jx8TWrFNMM3cwb-op9Me8ufd6YDpseRqqeqEaAhsuEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Sustainable products – https://earthhero.com/product-category/home/
Giving away office products – https://www.freecycle.org/
Vox video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HOijUtExiM
Washington Post/Darby Hoover – https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/you-can-keep-up-your-green-practices-at-home-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic–with-considerations/2020/07/07/c7ad71e2-b18e-11ea-8758-bfd1d045525a_story.html
Recipe: Veggie burger – https://minimalistbaker.com/easy-grillable-veggie-burgers/
Recipe: Vegan pizza – https://www.loveandlemons.com/vegan-pizza/
Recipe: High protein meals – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/high-protein-vegan-recipes