UNIfy: Sustainable Living #StayAtHome Edition-Week 4
UNIfy: Sustainable Living #StayAtHome Edition-Week 4
3 tips to be green at home
Be eco-friendly by purchasing in bulk
We really buy a lot in our daily lives. How can we save more by purchasing more but say “NO” to waste at the same time? The following measures can help:
• Well-planned storage space beforehand.
• Combine your purchases with others. Have your goods delivered to one person’s address.
• Avoid purchasing products with individual packing or too many packaging materials.
• Pay attention to shelf life to avoid waste generation.
Recycle and upcycle
Be environmentally at home by having good recycling and upcycling practice. The following tips can help you to achieve a good practice:
• For paper recyclables, remember to tear off plastic tape, remove non-paper materials, and keep dry.
• For metal cans and plastic recyclables, make sure to rinse them with water to achieve clean recycling.
• Recycle waste plastic bottles of beverages or personal care products after removing the caps and labels.
• You can use old files or envelopes to store your face mask. Make sure they are clean though!
Use reusable utensils for takeaway
Staying at home and ordering takeaway? You can still be environmentally friendly by requesting no plastic bags, straws and disposable utensils. If you really needed to use one-off disposable utensils, don’t be too quick to throw them away. Most of them can be cleaned and reused. Follow these steps, and you too can save earth by reducing the use of one-off disposables!
• Use handkerchiefs rather than paper napkins.
• Use less plastic bags and use durable bags or baskets. Plastic bags take years to decompose.
• Encourage the use of reusable dishes and utensils.
• Use your own cup. Avoid using paper cups.
Choose Local, Organic and Seasonal
Choosing local organic seasonal produce can minimise carbon emissions during food transportation and keep your food fresh and nutritious. Organic farming, free of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, helps maintain soil quality and reduce pollution. Pick the best for your health and the environment and support local sustainable agriculture! Find out more on how to get your own local veggies @Green Objects良心農業 .
Eat Less Meat
Today’s industrial meat production is highly resource intensive, accounting for massive environmental pollution and carbon emissions. A research shows that HKers’ excessive appetite for meat is the main cause to its high per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, and if citizens adopt the government’s nutrient guidelines on meat consumption, HK could achieve a 43% reduction in GHG emissions. (https://bit.ly/2xsppNs) Let’s try out the low carbon recipes prepared by @LowCarbonLiving and @DietDoctor!
Mindful Eating Waste No More
UN report shows that 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally every year, yet, 11% of the global population suffered from hunger in 2016. It's time for us the hearty eaters to learn "Mindful Eating" (https://bit.ly/2XxM4m7). Slow down, learn to appreciate, enjoy the flavour and every bite of our food. Make sure to order or prepare just the right amount you need so no food will be wasted. Your body and digestive system will feel way better.
3 tips to adopt a low carbon healthy diet
3 tips to make your home more energy efficient
Slay Energy Vampires
“Energy Vampire” refers to appliance that consumes electricity in standby mode, especially those with clock display, remote control sensor or battery charger. They lurk in your home, taking the form of phone charger, router, television, microwave oven, etc., and can account for up to 10% of your electricity bill.
How to get rid of these vampires?
• Use smart power strips to turn off power to assorted appliances when they are not in use (e.g. television and TV box, computer and printer).
• Unplug chargers once your electronic devices are fully charged.
• Identify the appliances that you don’t use often and unplug them.
• Put appliances (e.g. computer monitor) to sleep when not in use by activating energy saving mode.
• 利用電源板（拖板）管理開關，將閒置電器的電源關上（例如: 電視及電視盒、電腦及打印機）。
• 將電器調校至慳電模式（例如: 電腦顯示屏），在閒置時令其進入睡眠狀態。
Fridge runs 24 hours a day and is one of the major energy consumers at home. How to conserve energy while keeping your food fresh?
• Try to keep the fridge and freezer about 80% full. Having less air space in the fridge can reduce the loss of cold air when door is opened. Consider filling the space with pitchers of water or packs of ice in freezer if it is too empty. Do not overcrowd it as it needs air circulation to keep food at even temperature.
• Don’t put hot food directly into the fridge. Let the food cool down first.
• Avoid frequent opening of refrigerator door which allows more cold air escape and hence higher energy consumption.
• Keep the fridge at optimal temperature of 3°C and freezer at -15°C. An extra 5% energy is consumed with every 1°C lowered.
• 把雪櫃及冰箱的溫度分別調至3°C和 -15°C。（注意：每降低1°C，就會額外消耗5％電源。）
Brighten Up Your Day
Lighting brightens up our home and makes spaces cozier and safer. It also accounts for 15% of a typical household electricity bill. How to save energy smartly?
• Sit near the window to bring natural light to your e-learning.
• Switch off lights when you leave the room.
• Switch to LED bulbs that last 3.5 times longer and use up to 85% less electricity than regular incandescent bulbs.
• Instead of going online all day, pick a book that has been on your waitlist and shelf for long. Let your mind travel through books.
3 tips to keep your mind and body healthy
Workout From Home
Exercising regularly can strengthen your immune system and boost endorphins, keeping your body and mind fresh and active. For workout regulars, try the flexibility exercises and high-intensity interval training(https://bit.ly/2UQjlGi and https://bit.ly/343PD4T). For beginners, let’s stretch together(https://bit.ly/2UNf3j4).
Staying healthy physically and mentally are of equal importance. Find a cosy corner at home, sit comfortably in easy pose, close your eyes, practise breathing and meditation with @Stilltogether (live and online resources) or @Smilingmind (app).
Try Traditional Chinese Regimen
‘Washing hands, disinfecting and wearing masks’ is the golden set of preventive measures in Western medicine while Traditional Chinese medicine has its own approach:
• Veggie soup (Chinese style): https://bit.ly/2QStRf9
• Herbal sachets: https://bit.ly/39st6zF
• Acupoint massage: https://bit.ly/2wOFCML