For those who don’t know what it’s all about… There is a global trend which is growing in popularity around the world. The UK is now catching up! The basic premise is around minimalism, what do you actually ‘need’ to live and be comfortable?
When you start to strip away the shiny baubles, what we actually need/use on a regular basis surprises most people. I lived on a narrowboat for three years, but soon had to adapt to the ‘limited space’. At first I had things in storage, but over time I came to realise that (after six months) I hadn’t actually needed anything which was in the storage unit I was paying for.
In November 2019, Eco Store, Weigh of the World, in Northwich opened – THIS was a game changer for me! Local, and a brilliant concept! (you can read my blog post here). In addition to buying my fresh fruit & vegetables from John Griffiths’ Green Grocers in Northwich, between the two of these shops, I found that I had 99% of what I needed!
However, many small, independent shops, both in Northwich and elsewhere, are experiencing a massive decrease in sales, despite remaining open during the lockdown – people are doing their main shops in supermarkets.
Before your supermarket shop, visit your local, small businesses first! Then only go to the supermarket if there is anything which you are unable to obtain!
It is more important than ever that we support our local businesses – especially through this time of crisis! Furthermore, buying locally reduces food miles, helps alleviate our dependence on fossil fuels, reduce air pollution and cuts back on greenhouse gas emissions.
With that in mind, I have collated a list of independent shops in NORTHWICH who are still open and operating, and what shopping options are available.
Independent Northwich Shops Open/Online during Lockdown:
(Please feel free to email me if any small business is missing – I am writing this on the fly!)
To help promote local (Eco/Zero Waste) businesses, I will be running a competition during then next couple of weeks – a lot of local companies have contributed items and I am in the process of putting together the COVID-19 Survival Prize Basket! Watch this space!
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because thorough handwashing (You should wash your hands for the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice (around 20 seconds) reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands – and I can not stress the importance of washing your hands frequently during the COVID-19 outbreak).
But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol can help you avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The guidance for effective hand washing and use of hand sanitiser in community settings was developed based on data from a number of studies.
Now is your time to shine as a cook! You possibly have more time, and more inclination to do so! Start a new healthy diet train by eating more veggies and less animal products. To learn why a plant-based diet might be the right choice for you, have a look at this interview.
Agricultural and animal husbandry industries make up about 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with animal products making up about 58% of all carbon dioxide emissions from the food industry according to a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Try swapping your meat for some vegetables and kickstart your plant-based diet for yourself and our planet in 2020!
Although there have been a few reports of dogs and cats testing positive for COVID-19, the World Health Organisation (WTO) has stated that there is not enough evidence of cats, dogs, or any other pets transmitting COVID-19 to humans as of now. Despite this, this is now the time to be sure to give your best friend(s) extra love and attention – this will benefit both your and your pets’ safety and mental health! Get the lowdown from this helpful Q&A from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
The very least you can do is to wash your hands thoroughly before and after caring for your best friend, when preparing their meals or bathing them. After your pet does their business, make sure to disinfect the area thoroughly to make sure your best friend does not accidentally lick up cleaning product residue.
If you’re feeling ill, avoid close contact with your best friend! It is very important to keep physical distancing for everyone’s safety.
With the combination of frequent hand washing and physical distancing, wearing a face mask can help to slow the spreading of the virus, according to supporting research. The wearing of a face mask has become the norm in many Asian countries since the onset of COVID-19, and more recently, the US, France, and parts of Italy have also urged people to wear “alternative” masks – such as cloth face coverings.
Our local vets calling out for home-made face masks (all masks have been given to the NHS), but in other countries people are making for the hospitals, as supply is not meeting demand. During the past 6 weeks, I have been producing masks for myself, my carer and my mum (to use in the supermarket, when walking down the high street, etc.) in addition to around 30 masks produced for local key workers and veterinary surgeries.
To be clear this is a LAST RESORT mask for the NHS – and yet, during the past week, both my mother and I have been producing them for Physiotherapists and other staff working at Leighton Hospital, in addition to full sets of scrubs, scrubs bags and crocheted clips / headbands (which secure the mask behind the users head, to avoid rubbing the ears if wearing for a long time). The patterns and instructions for these can be found below.
Over the course of the next 7 days, I will be blogging about steps which you can take to minimise the transmission of COVID-19 in your household and maintain an eco-friendly lifestyle in the mean time!
I will cover a variety of topics and touch on associated / relevant products which you can use as a starting point for your own research.
In the face of this extraordinary life we must now lead – distanced from our friends, families and loved ones, we can make a conscious choice to make the most of this situation – especially for those of us privileged enough to safely stay indoors at a place we can call home. Take advantage of this time to do some odd jobs around the house, Spring clean, expand your culinary mastery, or just bank more quality time with yourself or your loved ones (online, if they are not in the same household!).
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