Staying sustainable during lockdown…
Here at Cannabrew, we are dedicated to sustainability and will always strive to be as eco-friendly as possible. As a company, we prioritise sustainable practice in everything we do and are passionate about sharing and passing on these goals to our customers and readers. With the country back in lockdown for the foreseeable future, we thought we would dedicate this blog post to two of the world’s hottest topics – lockdown, and staying sustainable. While the Coronavirus pandemic may be proving beneficial to our environment in some ways, it is definitely proving to have a negative impact on others. Luckily, there are always small steps we can take to reduce our individual carbon footprints, and play our part as much as possible.
Avoid disposable masks and gloves
With mask culture becoming an integral part of everyday life across the world, our environment is facing an entirely new threat. While we may have managed to address the plastic bag crisis, according to an article by Environmental Journal, 53 million masks are ending up in landfill every day in the UK – and this figure doesn’t even take into account the others that are being abandoned elsewhere. As these masks are non-reusable, most likely to be contaminated and can have a lifespan of up to 450 years, this is definitely a cause for concern!
Don’t get us wrong – we’re not suggesting that you stop wearing face masks whenever necessary – but there are certainly ways that we can attempt to reduce the number ending up in landfills and oceans. For example, did you know that three layers of plastic are often used to create a disposable mask? Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have already invested in a re-usable mask. However, for those of you who are still purchasing packets of the disposable options, why not buy a mask that can be used multiple times, or that can be washed? Masks have even become a fashion statement, so they’re definitely not difficult to find. Plus, we’d bet that few of our readers know this, but the UK government actually suggests leaving it aside for 72 hours before binning a disposable mask.
Take away your takeaways!
With restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes being closed, there has been an inevitable increase in takeaway purchases. While eating or drinking in would obviously be the most sustainable alternative to ordering a takeaway, as we pointed out in our previous blog post, we are keen to encourage the use of small and local businesses – and many of these are limited to takeaway options. However, we can be even more conscious about recycling, and making sure that our waste is disposed of in the correct way!
Purchase sustainable and reusable goods
While most of us are stuck inside, we are naturally consuming many more goods. With this in mind, it’s even more important to pick the biodegradable option! This can be applied to toothbrushes, bin bags and so much more. Plus, with many supermarkets leaning towards the eco-friendly packaging alternatives, there is no shortage of sustainable options. Instead of buying a plastic bag of apples, why not visit a local farm shop and gather your apples in a recyclable paper bag? It may seem like a small change, but when it comes to sustainability, the smallest steps can amount to the biggest changes.
Plus, while sustainability may be taking a hit due to masks and takeaways, there are always ways to even out the balance, and many of these will continue to benefit the environment when the pandemic is well and truly under control. For example, there are a multitude of reusable coffee cups available, and many of these can even be used in coffee shops.
Be mindful of energy use
With everyone being confined to their homes, it’s almost impossible to avoid an increase in energy bills. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t be mindful of our energy use within our home. Do you really need that light on before the sun has set? Does that TV need to be left on standby? Does your phone need to be charged throughout the night? These small changes will not only help your carbon footprint, but they’ll also help your bank balance!
Appreciate the positives
Here at Cannabrew, we like to remember that every cloud has a silver lining. As a company, we are extremely mindful of sustainable living and mental health. For both reasons, we understand the importance of noting any positives that have resulted from these lockdowns. For example, air pollution throughout the world has seen a significant drop. With fewer people on the roads, driving to work, or travelling to school, our atmosphere has most likely taken a deep breath of relief! So while we may not be happy, our environment definitely is. Now, we must try to keep these air pollution levels down, even when the world has returned to normal.
Purchase from Cannabrew!
A purchase from Cannabrew is a simple and beneficial way to reduce your carbon footprint. With every crate sold of our fantastic CBD-infused beverages, we can plant a further two trees in our company forest, which resides in the Madagascan Mangroves – it’s a win-win for both you and the environment! Plus, there’s no need to worry about contributing to air pollution levels by investing in our delivery service, as we go the extra mile to remain carbon neutral.
Regardless of lockdown, we are confident that together, we can beat the climate crisis. Stay safe everyone, and stay sustainable!