YouTuber Amber Allen is sharing how she took steps to become more environmental and hopes others follow her lead during the lockdown.

The mother of three and her husband were able to get rid of $68,000 of debt by adopting a minimal lifestyle in Ontario, Canada. She talks about how lockdown has been relatively easy for their family because they grow their own food and live with few possessions.

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She told the Daily Mail, “We went into lockdown on March 11 and didn’t freak out at all, because we knew we’d be able to cope. We try and live as close to zero waste as possible, so things like stocking up on toilet paper wasn’t an issue for us. In our house we only have ethically-sourced toilet paper for guests. We all use reusable cloths instead of toilet paper. I make them by cutting up old t-shirts or blankets. We use the cloth, wash it and hang it up to dry. Then we can use it again and again.”

She said her family lives a plant-based diet lifestyle. She grew up in Eastern Canada, “I loved animals – I didn’t want to eat them – we lived next to a forest and I’d always be running about in there with the animals. If I found a bird with a broken wing, I’d take it back home and nurse it better. Or, if I found abandoned cats or dogs then I’d take them home and find them a new owner.”

For her home-grown food, she shared, “I started growing vegetables inside the apartment. I used second-hand containers to grow tomatoes and beans in. Otherwise, I’d put soil in secondhand kitchen bins, or used kiddie paddling pools to grow larger veg in. I grow all sorts of fruit and veg in my garden like apples, tomatoes, cucumber and beetroot in the summertime,’ she said. I prepare for winter by preserving the summer batch. In summer, I’ll do things like pick some tomatoes boil them, and turn them into sauce so I can freeze and preserve it.”

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Of the coronavirus pandemic that has left millions in lockdown in their home, she says, “People should set themselves an ‘isolation challenge’ and see how self-sufficient they can really be. I think a lot of people would end up surprising themselves.”

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