Updated: Apr 25
The Covid19 outbreak has confined almost the entire world to their homes. This terrible virus has caused (and it is still causing) the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, the threat of an international economic recession and an uncertain future for many.
Living in a lockdown situation is tough to deal with and yet, we are seeing an incredible chance for humanity to stop, be more creative and bring the best of us to our communities and society in general. We believe that every cloud has a silver lining, as it has given us the chance to appreciate our health, our freedom, our loved ones, our jobs, and all the little things you never have time to notice! Plus, we can clearly see the true value of those workers who are absolutely essential to our societies & are often under-appreciated.
And, as humanity has been forced to pause, pollution levels have reportedly plummeted and nature has been given a chance to blossom, teaching us a lesson that we must not forget: There could still be time to reverse the effects of climate change, but only if we stop harming and destroying our planet.
But, will we learn any lessons out of this? Will we just go back to our lives, continue consuming irresponsibly and not caring about one another and the planet?
The only way we can move in the right direction is that once this terrible situation is over, we must encourage everyone to live their lives more responsibly. The change is inside each and every one of us.
If this lockdown has made you determined to make some positive changes in your lifestyle then one of the easiest ways to live more sustainably is to reduce the amount of plastic in your life! By purchasing just a few re-usable products – a cup, a straw, a lunch box & a tote bag - you will be able to refuse single-use cups, straws, take-away food cartons & plastic bags.
And if you want to go a little further, start your own revolution and inspire others, there is now a great selection of plastic-free and eco-friendly daily products available to start de-plasticising your bathroom & your kitchen.
One of our favourite companies (with which we have collaborated several times), sell a wide range of sustainable products is the PLASTIC CHANGE PROJECT.
Founded by two inspiring women, Katie & Alethea, they research & sell ‘must have’ skincare products and household items like shampoo bars, soaps, moisturisers, lip balms, silk dental floss, natural deodorants, compostable dishcloths, beeswax food wraps, zero-waste toothbrushes & much, much more.
The PLASTIC CHANGE PROJECT is Alethea & Katie’s passion project, run in their spare time from their everyday jobs. They are constantly searching out new products which they put up on their website in order to help people make the change to a more plastic-free life.
Based in London, you can often find them at Pop-up stores & markets – where they love to chat about some of the incredible products that are now available plastic-free - but you’ll also find them by visiting their website.
Check out their project and products to buy online: PLASTIC CHANGE PROJECT
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In Goya Languages we love to protect the environment as much as possible. We wanted to add our two pence and, that’s why we went almost 100% paperless from the very beginning. We don’t use coursebooks, and instead, our students receive online materials that we have created, or we recommend reliable and detailed materials that they can download online.
We also promote our reusable tote bags that spread the encouraging message that, anyone can learn a new language with our communicative method, “YO PUEDO” - "I CAN".
Having said that, if you would like to give it a try, you can join our English or Spanish conversation lessons and meet people from around the world. Check our group, register, and select your preferred event: CONVERSATION LESSONS
Hope to see you all virtually very soon! And let us know which plastic free products you've started to use. Remember, stay home, stay safe and follow the guidelines.
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Pictures: Paula Ruiz, Wix Gallery.