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Lazy shortcuts to sustainability

If necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness is sometimes its father.*

Stephen Shapiro. May 2017

With COVID-19 there has been a lot written about the positive impact that lockdown has had on cities with improvements in aspects like water and air quality but ultimately the resource pressures facing cities have not changed. We are still adding the equivalent of the population of Germany to the planet annually.

Cities will have to become more self-sustaining. 

But what if, like me, you are torn between wanted to ‘do your bit’ for the planet but are inherently lazy.   Finding the least effort route to sustainability doesn’t make us lazy – it makes as smart.  Smart farming, smart cooking, smart buying and recycling are all small movements that can have a big impact. 

So our favourite short cuts to living lighter at home which don’t require too much effort.

But what if, like me, you are torn between wanted to ‘do your bit’ for the planet but are inherently lazy.   Finding the least effort route to sustainability doesn’t make us lazy – it makes as smart.  Smart farming, smart cooking, smart buying and recycling are all small movements that can have a big impact. 

Travel less

We thought we would start with an easy win – thanks to COVID.  Don’t fly as much, use your car less.  Tick.  Job done.

Grow your own

Growing your own is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint, save all the transportation miles and unnecessary packaging that comes with this.  This is always most obvious in the 30g packets of herbs where a recipe calls for a few sage leaves and the rest of the packet and plastic go to waste. 

No longer does growing your own require a huge tract of land and weeding every day.  Smart farming, the right nutrients and water in a growing medium lets you grow your own carbon footprint positive garnishes and greens on any spare window-sill.    A great way to start thinking about growing your own is with micro greens.  Quick and easy to grow, delicious and easy to harvest on a regular basis.    We’ve included all you need to get going with your first microgreens.

‘Cutting animal products from your diet is the ‘single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth’

Journal of Science. June 2018

And if that isn’t enough of a rallying cry their study showed that meat and dairy which provide only 18% of all emissions take up a massive 83% of all farmland produce 60 % of greenhouse gas emissions.  So if you are too lazy to read to the bottom of this blog.  Stop here and give up meat for a few days.  The explosion in vegan and vegetarian products means that following a varied meat free diet for the novice cook is much easier than it ever was.  

Recycle, upcycle

2019 also saw some big changes to firm favourites from our past.  Single use plastic bags and straws were both banned and in the not-too-distant future paper napkins (particularly those made from virgin wood) are likely to go the same way.   So, what does that mean for how we maintain lazy entertaining.    Fortunately, there are innovative companies finding new solutions e.g. straws made out of avocado e.g. avocado seeds.  So, the next time you reach for those paper napkins swap then for some of the binary recycled cotton napkins.  Even a couple of uses before throwing away makes them a good choice. 

And if after all this you still have some energy left to investigate some other ways to live lighter – our favourite article about living lighter at home from  country life on ways to live a little lighter at home. https://www.countrylife.co.uk/property/guides-advice/60-simple-sustainability-tips-make-home-garden-life-better-198737

Cheers!

Danielle

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