Here’s what to do instead of panic buying #SustainableLockdown

By: Shruthi Padubidri

During this lockdown time, I am sure that the main worry we all are facing is the availability of groceries and the fear of running out of the essential day to day supply.

This fear is valid and it’s common to experience anxiety regarding this, but as individuals, we have to also think about the impact this lockdown will have on the environment and the resources because of our panic buying.

Let’s all keep in mind not to hoard things instead of buy only that is essential as of now for our survival.

Here’s how you can do it:

1.Let’s try to buy in bulk whenever and if possible. If not, let’s buy more nonperishable items like rice, grains, legumes, different kind of flours, dry fruits and vegetables like potatoes, yam, sweet potatoes, onions that have a better shelf life.

2. When it comes to snacks and if you plan to buy any, try to buy those snacks that the whole family will enjoy eating and also those that come in large packets than many small packets to avoid loads of plastic usage.

3. Also plan, prepare a shopping list and then go and buy the items, this will avoid buying nonessential items. This will save your time and money also importantly reduce your outdoor time because obviously #stayhome, as well as reduces crowding of people and allows others to also buy what they need as many are waiting just like us to buy essential supplies.

4. Another tip is to stay hydrated and to be active when at home – engage in reading, working out, playing indoors with family, chatting with ones at homes and also catching up with your friends online to avoid eating because of boredom. We don’t want to end up spending our supplies and also being unhealthy by the end of the lockdown period right?

5. Meal plan and meal prepping are going to be your best friend at times like this, look at what you have and plan your meals, this way you will know what you need, how much and how long you can manage with the supplies that you have.

As a result, you will buy only what is needed and use up everything that may have a shorter shelf life.

Also, let’s keep in mind that there are many like us who also needs essential items and let’s be considerate about others and not just buy everything that we see. Lastly let’s all be responsible, sensible and safe. This hard phase, this too shall pass.

(If you have any tips to make this lockdown a sustainable one, reach out to us!)

(The views expressed in the article are the author’s own. Let Me Breathe neither endorses nor is responsible for them.)

Shruthi Padubidri

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