COVID-19: Staying Home, Staying Safe and keeping up with your Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Part 4

Vegetables

Adjust your diet to include more fresh vegetables

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!

Here are some Greenpeace-approved recipes to jazz up your meals.!

COVID-19: Staying Home, Staying Safe and keeping up with your Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Part 3

Responsible pet ownership during COVID-19

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.

COVID-19: Staying Home, Staying Safe and keeping up with your Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Part 1

Face Masks

Wear a Mask – Slow the Spread!

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 USFrance, 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.

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COVID-19: Staying Home, Staying Safe and keeping up with your Eco-Friendly Lifestyle – INTRODUCTION

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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Product Review: Bath, Bubbles & Beyond – Shampoo & Conditioners

Shampoo & Conditioners BB&B

Motivated by my actions and blog, Sarah (my Personal Assistant and, most importantly, my best friend!) started her voyage towards her plastic-free future, starting with some Shampoo and Conditioners from Bath, Bubbles & Beyond, which I chose for her at Weigh of the World, in Northwich.

After putting off the transition until she returned from her fabulous fabulous holiday over Christmas, she started the new year with a new hair-care regime, and was more than pleasantly surprised by the ease and improvement in making this transition!

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Product Review: Lavandi Organic Vegan Lip Balm

Lavandi were kind enough to provide me with some of their Lip Balm for testing. This is a product which I have absolutely LOVED…. definitely a favourite of mine!

What I liked most is the fact that Lavandi are based in Northwich, Cheshire, where I live! Lavandi have seen the need for change and have created a range of recipes that are all-natural. Lavandi’s Organic Vegan Lip Balms are made from certified Organic ingredients, we have combined some of the best Botanical infusions, Unrefined Oils and Butters to create a range of Organic Vegan Lip Balms, that have incredible Moisturising, Repair and Taste.

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Product Review: Lavandi Shampoo & Conditioning bars

Lavandi were kind enough to provide me with some of their Shampoo & Conditioning Bars for testing. I distributed these between myself ( Elderflower) and a friend (Joe) tried the Dandelion.

What I liked most is the fact that Lavandi are based in Northwich, Cheshire, where I live! Lavandi have seen the need for change and have created a range of recipes that are all-natural.

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Product Review: Lavandi Soaps

Lavandi Soap Bars

Lavandi were kind enough to provide me with some of their soaps for testing. I distributed these between myself, my mother and Joe (a 20 year-old who wanted to try the Activated Charcoal soap in particular).

What I liked most is the fact that Lavandi are based in Northwich, Cheshire, where I live! Lavandi have seen the need for change and have created a range of recipes that are all-natural. Their soaps are made with a carefully curated combination of oils and butters, and their promise is that they are all completely free of harmful chemicals. All their products are free of the palm oil that’s often found in soap and body products. They are all Zero Plastic! Also, you can subscribe to deliveries on a regular basis.

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Product Review: Lavandi Organic Vegan Deodorant

Lavandi Deo
Lavandi Deodorant

I was given the Chamomile and Bergamot deodorant to test by Weigh of the World about 4 weeks ago. And Lavandi provided me with two other versions to try – I took the Sports version and Sarah tried the Cedarwood and Sage.

What I liked most is the fact that Lavandi are based in Northwich, Cheshire, where I live! Lavandi have seen the need for change and have created a range of recipes that are all-natural. Lavandi’s Organic Vegan Deodorants are made from only the finest ingredients and are Zero Waste. With excellent absorption and odour control one application should last you all day, simply apply by pushing up from the bottom of the tube, then warming against your skin and then glide over the required area.

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