21 Days of Sustainability – By Sol Cristina
Since the 10th of October was the day of Sustainability, UvA Green Office challenged us to participate in the 21 days of Sustainability. You probably have seen stories of people participating in the challenge on ISN’s Instagram (such as growing their own food or picking up trash), and I too have tried my best to follow along. With the following picture, they gave us fun ideas to be more sustainable:
The first idea that caught my eye was “Eat Vegan for a week”. I am already a vegetarian, so I figured going vegan for a week was not going to be that hard. YouTube is the place to be for these recipes: I have found many that were not only easy to follow but also very delicious. I recommend saving some vegan recipes that you can do every now and then to bring more variety to your lunches or dinners.
While I was working on my vegan recipes, I have also been focusing on zero-waste eating. For zero-waste eating, you can start buying more from organic stores, like I have done in the past weeks; or in general, put more thought into your food and how much you actually need, so that you don’t overbuy. Less waste is less cleaning, so that’s also a great incentive to start becoming more zero-waste. Plus, it will save you money. In short, it’s not only good for the environment, but also good for you. Remember: more does not necessarily mean more value!
It does take some effort to try out these sustainable ideas, but there are also things you can start doing right now. These are, for example: lowering the temperature of your house, taking shorter and cold showers, or using a reusable face mask. And don’t forget to use that free time on your train ride to listen to podcasts on sustainability. Every small change, is a change.
So, are you in for the challenge?