The New Year can be a great time to start new habits. Big changes can often be hard to maintain in our daily lives but smaller, simpler changes can have long lasting effects. These tiny adjustments to our day-to-day activities can go on to have huge impact in our lives, especially when considering our community and environment.
Here are four simple resolutions you can stick to in the New Year to help make your Cayman safer, cleaner and greener in 2020:
1. Keeping Your Food Safer
From farm to checkout to lunchbox, ensuring that your food is clean, cooked, and fresh can help to make sure your 2020 is as healthy as possible and free from things like food poisoning.
Small habits that can keep your food safer can include:
- Checking Expiration Dates: In the Cayman Islands, we are blessed with a fresh supply of produce in our supermarkets and stores -- however, food can and does spoil from time to time. Taking a moment out of your day to check the expiration dates on your food at home can help ensure you are eating fresh and unspoiled food.
- Separating Your Meat: In your home, placing raw meat, poultry, and seafood in containers or sealed plastic bags will help ensure that bacteria from them cannot jump over to your other food. We call this cross-contamination, and it can cause food poisoning so it's best to avoid. With meats, you can also freeze them if you’re not planning to use them within a few days.
- Washing Away The Dirt: Washing your hands thoroughly and certain foods (especially anything you're not going to cook before eating) can also help you to avoid food poisoning. What does it mean to wash your hands thoroughly? Experts say scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds with antibacterial soap is required.
- Chilling Foods: Knowing which foodstuffs to place in the fridge versus the pantry can make all the difference.
- Learning More: Read more on food safety in the kitchen here.
2. Drinking The Water
In Cayman, we are fortunate enough to have a supply of fresh water through our taps provided by our desalination plants. All-in-all we have four plants across Grand Cayman, and one in Cayman Brac, that provide fresh drinking water to our communities. When water arrives in your tap in Cayman, it has had 99.5 percent of all salt stripped from it meaning it is incredibly clean.
Drinking the tap water has many benefits, not in the least is the saving in cost from the consumer-side. In addition to this, for anyone with the resolution to drink more water in the New Year turning to the tap water is an easy and effective way to achieve this.
3. Getting Regular Tune-Ups
Especially in the sea air of the Cayman Islands, maintaining your vehicle's health can be essential. Scheduling regular tune-ups for your car, bike, or scooter can help to ensure that they are safer and cleaner to drive. In this way you can help keep our roads safer and cleaner while being friendly to your wallet.
Regularly assessing and tuning your vehicle can lead to lowered overall costs in maintenance and can also make for a cleaner car when it comes to emissions.
4. Reusing Your Containers
When it comes to being green in Cayman, it's as easy as reusing what you can in your daily life.
Many people opt for reusable beverage holders, such as water bottles, to make sure they're getting the longest life possible out of their bottles. Another option is to consider how you can re-purpose something before discarding it (for example reusing old spaghetti jars for plant pot nurseries).
Living Safer, Cleaner Greener in Cayman
Want to learn more about being safer, cleaner and greener in Cayman? Take a look at our Safer, Cleaner, Greener website and discover more resources.