Need a refill on things to do at home? Here are 5 fun sustainability hacks to play with

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Many of us are spending our days inside becoming champions on entertaining ourselves and the people around us. But even champs needs new input from time to time. We put together a fun list of simple sustainability hacks you can do at home, which makes your days a bit more playful.

Say goodbye to food waste

More time at home means that you probably have to plan more meals and cook more food than you normally do. If that’s the case, this could be the perfect time to master the skill set of not wasting food. Your wallet will love it, it will save you time, and the environment will be grateful forever. According to Our World in Data, as much as 3.3 billion tonnes of global CO2 equivalents come from food waste every year, either from supply chain losses or consumers. Let’s change that.

A great first step is to establish the mindset that today’s dinner could easily become the base of tomorrow’s lunch. That’s right, meal plans! Not only do they cut down on food waste, but they also save you a lot of time and energy because you don’t have to get creative in the kitchen for every meal.

Want to level it up? Embrace the art of looking at a brown banana as a culinary opportunity, instead of something that belongs in the trash. Did you know brown bananas are the best for pancakes and banana bread?

Check out our friends at @radicalbroccoli or @zerowastechef for more tasty inspo!

Streaming with meaning

Are you through Tiger King yet? If you’re like us, you like binging a good TV show but sometimes need to walk the road less traveled. A great way to broaden your horizon is to make watching a meaningful documentary a part of your spending time at home schedule.

Here are some amazing environmental documentaries:

Climates Frozen in Time: CPH:DOX have made a lot of their movies available online, including the movie Climates Frozen in Time. Follow the ice core research that can predict the future climate.

Tomorrow: If you missed the 2015 feel-good climate documentary Tomorrow, fear not! The movie takes a look at our possibilities for change and will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful.

Sea of Shadows: National Geographic TV lets you get up close and personal with the world, and have a number of different nature movies to choose from. Check out the Sundance winner, Sea of Shadows, for a closer look at our maritime world.

Shakespeare: That’s right, if you want to rock it old school, and highbrow, explore the ecological themes in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

An Inconvenient Sequel: The Nobel peace prize winner, Al Gore, returned with more inconvenience in the 2017 movie, An Inconvenient Sequel.

Amundsen: The adventure film about Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen, who was the first man to reach the South and the North Poles. Sadly, the vast ice caps at the Poles are already melting as the effects of human-induced climate change take hold. This film helps to highlight the need to take action to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Fun fact: The production company Motion Blur Films made a bold statement about its commitment to climate action by taking action to lower greenhouse gas emissions and then offsetting double the amount of unavoidable emissions associated with the production of the movie This means that “Amundsen”, is the world’s first “climate positive”. To achieve this outcome, Motion Blur joined the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative while collaborating with CHOOOSE to purchase UN-certified credits.

Our Planet: No list is complete without David Attenborough. BBC's famous Planet Earth and Blue Planet series now has a new member: Our Planet.

2040 (Bonus movie): While we’re still waiting for the new documentary 2040 to drop, we wanted to share this uplifting trailer with you.

Grow a gardener while getting your green on

No garden, small or big, thrives without a dedicated gardener. This might be the perfect time to grow both. Starting with milk cartons and a windowsill, you can teach your kiddo to care for plants, while creating great memories and tasty produce. Check out this easy DIY guide on how to do milk jug seed planting. (Pssst. Tomatoes are easy to grow in apartments, and have a waaaay lower environmental impact than those you buy at the supermarket. 1 kilo of locally grow organic tomatoes only release about 0,4 kg of CO2e, as opposed to a kilo of average tomatoes, which release about 9,1 kg CO2e*)

Watch your kids grow together with your new kitchen garden. We recommend Pinterest for inspiration.

Being a climate-conscious consumer

Spending more time at home affects our shopping routines. As we put more and more items into our virtual baskets, we can make sure that we chooose the most environmentally-friendly products, with the most climate-friendly supply chain.

Luckily, more and more companies are “greening up” with increased focus building a climate conscious supply chain and by compensating for the unavoidable carbon footprint of their products. It matters because production and shipping of products have large, but invisible, environmental impacts. Opting for better products from companies that address climate change, is an impactful way of choosing a more sustainable lifestyle.

Here is some great examples of climate-conscious shops and products to consider:

Tise basics: Environmentally friendly products with climate positive shipping, with 50 kilos of CO2 offset per package shipped. Check them out!

Organic basics: Organic underwear that offsets 100 kilos of CO2 for every order placed. Check them out!

Hustle: The world's first climate-positive energy drink made in collaboration with Billie Eilish and Diplo. Check them out!

elliott footwear: A cool pair of sneakers can complement almost any outfit. A pair of elliott sneakers reverse its carbon footprint with a climate positive offset of 1 tonne of CO2. Check them out!

GoVegan: Tasty vegan treats from GoVegan get compensated 20 kilos of co2 per product, which is about twice the amount of their initial footprint. Enough to leave a good taste in your mouth. Check them out!

Sjøløve plastfangst: collect, process and remelt marine plastic waste and single-use plastics into hand made art and design collectibles. Keep your stuff in your living room, bathroom or office, rather than in the sea. Check them out!

The great escape

Read a book. It’s always there and is quite frankly one of the best, yet simplest ways to set your mind free and escape reality. Here is a great list of recommended climate must-reads.

Alternatively, check out these mind-blowing Ted talks on climate change instead. They might only be a few minutes long, but they will stick with you for a long time. That’s a promise.

Aaand get Social! The internet allows us to explore new ways of being together, even when apart. Invite your friends to an online Friday cocktail party, a TED-talk watching hangout, or a pub quiz on Zoom (we can vouch for it).

For a personal twist, go through your friend’s old Facebook statuses, find a good quote they did back in the day, and play “who wrote this.” Speaking of video meetings, did you know that video meetings have way lower carbon footprints than most meetings taking place IRL?

That’s our list! Share it with friends and give them some fun and sustainable activities to do at home.

*Source: How Bad Are Bananas?: The carbon footprint of everything, Mike Berners-Lee


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