Time for Reflection: What the Corona Crisis Can Teach Us About Our Consumption

| By Leon Kirschgens & Jacqueline Plaster

The Corona Crisis Gives Some of Us the Time to Question Our Own Life Habits. Here Are a Few Tips That Will Help You to Live More Sustainably.

It is one of the few good news in times of the devastating corona crisis: Nature is slowly recovering while the world is standing still. In China, the inhabitants of the metropolises can breathe clearer air again and in Venice’s canals the water becomes so clear that shoals of fish return and algae shimmer through the turquoise water. However, the crisis also teaches us that we cannot do without many disposable plastic products in order to comply with hygiene measures and not endanger other people, especially in doctors’ surgeries and hospitals. As never before we realize: Plastic in itself is a valuable product – we just handle it wrong too often.

And when, if not now, will we have the opportunity to rethink our consumption of plastic and how we handle such a valuable resource? After all, for many people, Corona means that time is running backwards. In many parts of the world, the streets are as empty as a drum. The disposable Coffee-To-Go cup, which until recently accompanied us daily from one appointment to the next, is suddenly no longer necessary. Now we have the time to prepare our coffee in the cup and enjoy it in peace. Only now do we notice how many of us have become accustomed to pre-packaged meals and disposable packaging – and that it can be done differently. Now it is important to integrate this mindfulness into our everyday life in the long term. The following two tips can help:

Our first tip: Do your own cooking instead of preparing ready-made meals
Now we can make our own salad – we don’t need the ready packed salad from the supermarket for a quick lunch. And of course, this does not only apply to the salad. What about the pizza dough, how about the vegetable pan from the freezer? Take the time to cook for yourself – and see how varied everyday life becomes when you take time out for such seemingly banal things. A positive side-effect: you know exactly what’s in your food, so you usually eat healthier.

Our second tip: Get on your bike instead of driving a car
In many parts of the world, the air becomes cleaner as soon as traffic decreases. Perhaps you too still have an old bicycle in the basement? Now is the time to reactivate it! Then the air will also stay as good as it is now.

We can also see the current self-isolation as self-contemplation, paying more attention to the essentials. Of course there must also be solutions for disposable products in hygiene management. Therefore, many people worldwide are working on a functioning recycling economy, including us at MIX-UP. Nevertheless, each individual can make his or her own contribution and provide an impulse for this movement – and thus make decisive use of these initially dreary weeks.