Living a sustainable lifestyle can be difficult in the best of times, and the COVID-19 pandemic has not made things any easier. People may be reducing their carbon footprints by being forced to stay home, but that’s not always enough if you want to be more environmentally-friendly in quarantine.

If you really want to stay green while in quarantine, the first thing to remember is that you can still safely reuse dishes, cups, and cutlery without spreading the coronavirus. You would think it would be safer to use disposable products during this pandemic, but that still creates a lot of unnecessary waste. As long as you thoroughly wash any dishes you use, you shouldn’t have to worry about spreading the virus.

The next thing to remember is that you should be taking full advantage of the companies offering delivery and shipping services. There are still a lot of people going out to stores to buy essentials and to pick up takeout meals, and while that is perfectly fine as long as people maintain their distance from others and keep their trips short, staying off the road is still a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. There are even companies that can refill your clean and empty containers with essentials like soap, laundry detergent, and shampoo. Many companies are offering free delivery and shipping, so take full advantage of this while you can.

Finally, you can put your extra time at home to good use. Take the time to declutter your home and get rid of what you don’t need or won’t use. As long as you dispose of hazardous materials properly, you can have a more organized home that cuts down on the waste that you produce. You can also take this time to take up a new hobby. People have talked endlessly about things like learning a marketable new skill or taking up a musical instrument, but a great way to spend your time that lets you be more sustainable is to start a garden. You’ll be growing your own vegetables, which will save you trips to the grocery store while reducing your carbon footprint overall. It does require a lot of hard work, but it just might be the best way to spend your time at home.