How to keep the planet safe during a pandemic

Oscar Djama Tuckett on 16 July 2020
How to keep the planet safe during a pandemic

Worried about the impact Covid-19 has had on the planet? Here are some steps you can take to minimise your environmental impact whilst staying safe.

Recently, our panel told us that nine out of ten students were concerned about the impact that Covid-19 was having on the planet. With tonnes of unrecyclable PPE being disposed of on a daily basis, the pandemic is definitely taking its toll on the environment.

Seeing as this is an issue close to the heart of our community, we’re here to give you some tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint without compromising your safety.

1. Use a reusable mask

Instead of slinging on a disposable face covering every time you go out before binning it when you get home, why not get yourself a nice reusable model instead? As well as being far more sustainable, they look a lot better than the homogenous, surgical ones that almost everyone else is wearing.

Pick a nice design and turn every stroll to the shops into your own mini Covid catwalk!

2. Make your own masks

Following on from point one, did you know that you can make your own reusable mask pretty easily? Check out the guide below to see how you can put one together in less than ten minutes:

And if you haven’t got access to sewing equipment, here’s another way of making your own mask.

3. Use a bike

While public transport is still a bit sketchy, there’s never been a better time to dust off the old fixie in the garage and hit the roads on it! As well as being able to zip around easily, it’s a good way to keep fit while the gyms are closed (see here for more pandemic fitness tips).

If you don’t own a bike, you can normally get one on the cheap on Gumtree. A lot of UK cities also have bike rentals scattered around town, so keep your eyes peeled!

4. Use a handkerchief instead of tissues

I know this sounds very Victorian but, with all the bugs and viruses going around nowadays, people are getting through tissues at an alarming rate. In 2017 alone, the UK went through an eye-watering 1.1 million metric tons of tissues!

Maybe it’s time for the trusty hanky to make a comeback. As long as you keep on top of washing it, you’ll barely notice the difference. Given how tough it’s been getting people to wear masks, don’t expect it to catch on though...

5. Buy local and cut out the Amazon deliveries

Jeff Bezos has profited enough from lockdown as it is. Being stuck at home, most of us have turned to Amazon, DPD or UPS at some point or another to scratch that consumption itch in the absence of shops.

But, with shops now opening again, there’s far less incentive to do all your shopping online. Check out some local shops and get to know your high street again! And if this isn’t an option due to shielding, then you might want to consider more eco-friendly delivery services such as Green Courier instead.

What societal concerns do you have in light of the pandemic? Join our panel today and let us know. You’ll be rewarded with a £10 Amazon voucher when you sign up!

Oscar Djama Tuckett
Oscar Djama Tuckett on 16 July 2020