COVID19 Survival Guide, the Eco-friendly Way

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Regardless of whatever your respective Governments do to fight this battle against COVID19, it becomes each of your responsibility to ride the tide with your survival skills.

We at Ekofanatik give you small tips to strategise and shield yourself from the ongoing global calamity, with a stress on using socio- and eco-conscious methods wherever possible.

Here are some small tips to stay healthy and detox your living space to fight COVID19 effectively:

Cooking and Storage

  1. Use earthernware, stoneware, woodenware, silverware, ceramic, porcelain, glassware, copper, bronze, brass and stainless steel.
  2. To store vegetables and fruits in the refrigerator, eco-friendly bags are available online.
  3. Until nineties we had our own mortar-and-pestle grinding equipment at our houses, to make batters and powders (a very safe option).

Waste Segregation & Management

  1. Discard vegetable waste, medicinal waste, toxic waste, recyclable and non-recyclable waste separately.
  2. Bio-degradable plastic covers are available.
  3. If not use the paper bags and plastic bags you get from stores to store the wastes till situation is back to normal.
  4. Use kitchen waste water for plants
  5. Use food waste for composting.

Cloth Bags

  1. Use reusable and washable cloth bags for shopping.
  2. For shopping vegetables and food, use only cloth bags.

Plastic Usage

  1. Reduce the use of plastic at home as much as possible. SARS-CoV-2 stays on plastic surfaces for a longer time than compared to other surfaces.
  2. Plastic releases toxins so it is unsafe.
  3. Using microwave-able plastic is also not recommended. Instead use ceramic or porcelain

Sanitation

  1. Use cloth to clean surfaces, including your kitchen. Wash and reuse the cloth as much as possible instead of buying water-absorbing wipes.
  2. Use eco-friendly cleaning supplies: if you run out of cleaning liquids at home use DIY, all-purpose cleaners.
  3. Use tissues/newspapers to touch public surfaces like staircase rails, door-handles, lift buttons etc., and discard them securely.
  4. Wash your hand towels and bath towels every alternate day as they carry fungi and bacteria.

Diet

  1. A plant-based, nutritious diet is much safer during the spread of epidemics
  2. It is best to know the source of your food so that involvesyou cooking from scratch. This includes not just your meals.
  3. Make your on pan cake, idli, dosa batters, bread, spice powders, cooking mixes, teas, health drinks, juices etc.

Hygeine

  1. Of course, it is a given that some habits like filing your nails, cleaning yourself, and sanitising your hands ever so often are important at this time.
  2. It is important to maintain your pets’ hygiene as well.
  3. Hygiene issues occur for people with mobility issues as well.
  4. For women, periods are of concern especially when supplies are at an all-time low everywhere. Having reusable products like (paper towels, cloth sanitary pads) could help at this time.
  5. Using cloth sanitary pads at this point would help because you can save the store-bought ones for the days when there is low water supply at home.

Urban Garden

  1. Having plants at home helps purify the air by absorbing fine dust, chemicals and toxins.
  2. Plants cool the temperature of the house.
  3. They also increase the oxygen levels in the air at home.
  4. Having an organic vegetable garden, herb garden and some air-purifying plants at home improves your lifestyle by several folds.
  5. Check out food forests, permaculture, microgreens farming, balcony farming, kitchen gardening and balcony composting to get started with this.

Exercise

  1. At least one hour of exercise could do wonders to your immune system at this point. While the gyms are closed during lock-downs, other work-out routines like yoga, dancing, skipping, walking, jogging, HIIT, martial arts could help.
  2. Going forward, consider buying eco-friendly athleisure wear for exercises and eco-friendly fitness tools and equipment.

Check out our Directory to get a list of all Indian brands that sell various eco-friendly, zero-waste products.

Date Updated: March 24, 2020
Source: Photo by CDC on Unsplash

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