My recent article introduced the concept of environmental wellbeing, examining why it is important, and providing ideas for goals to help you improve yours.
Read it here: Improve your Environmental Wellness.
This article takes those goal ideas, and recommends products that can help you to achieve those goals.
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Environmentally friendly goals
1. Reduce consumption
It seems a little counter-intuitive recommending products when the goal is to reduce consumption. But these products will help you to learn how to reduce consumption, or they are a reusable option to replace single-use items.
Take some tips from Kathryn Kellogg, who can fit all of her trash from the last two years into a 16oz mason jar! Find out how in her book: 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, $17.95.
Set yourself a new goal each week with this little book: Live Green: 52 Steps for a More Sustainable Life, $7.69 at the time of writing (down from $12.99).
Replace the Saran wrap with these reusable Silicone Stretch Lids (Round – 6 pack) for easy, reusable, environmentally friendly storage, $5.99.
One thing you wouldn’t want to go without is your toothbrush, and dentists recommend changing these each season. Did you know the average plastic toothbrush has a lifespan of 600 years? Switch to bamboo today – Bamboo Toothbrush by PAVICICO Organic Natural Bamboo Smooth Handle Individually Numbered – Soft Free BPA Bristles – Pack of 4 , $4.99.
Replace your plastic sponge scourer with these cotton Pura Naturals Stink Free Sponge. Stay Fresh NO Odor Guarantee! Eco Kitchen/Household/Dish Sponges w/Walnut Scrubbers. 40x More Durable. (6), $17.96.
Ditch the disposable coffee cups and treat yourself to this stylish glass Neon Kactus Reusable Coffee Cup/Travel Mug Free Spirit, $18.99.
The recent fires in the Amazon rainforest have shone a light on the impact of agriculture on the environment. If you want to reduce your meat consumption, The 28-Day Vegan Plan can help with the transition, $15.63.
Ditch the plastic water bottle with a stainless steel option (keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold): Hydro Flask Water Bottle | Stainless Steel & Vacuum Insulated | Standard Mouth with Leak Proof Flex Cap| Multiple Sizes & Colors, from $29.95.
Switch from single-use plastic produce bags to Reusable Produce Bags The Original Eco – Friendly See Through and Washable Soft Premium Lightweight Nylon Mesh Large 12″X14″ Set of 5 (Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple) By Naturally Sensible, $19.95.
Again, the nature of recycling is to reduce consumption and therefore I don’t have a lot of product recommendations. I have included products to help you sort your waste, and some upcycling resources.
There are so many upcycling options, depending on your area of interest, so I’ve just included the link to the search: Upcycling resources.
3. Don’t litter
Take your trash with you with this portable garbage can designed to fit in your car, as well as eco-friendly dog poop and diaper bags.
4. Raise awareness
In order to raise awareness, you first need to educate yourself. Check out the following books that explore different aspects of environmental issues.
Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine: Sorting Out the Recycling System, Beth Porter, from $24.70 (or free with an Audible trial).
Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, Edward Humes, currently $5.90 (down from $17).
Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have, $28 (or free with Audible).
Here are some of the environmental organisations that you could volunteer for:
6. Plant trees
As well as working with local conservation groups to help plant, you could also plant in your own garden.
According to Thoughtco.com: “A 2002 study he co-authored lists the common horse-chestnut, black walnut, American sweetgum, ponderosa pine, red pine, white pine, London plane, Hispaniolan pine, Douglas fir, scarlet oak, red oak, Virginia live oak, and bald cypress as examples of trees especially good at absorbing and storing CO2.” https://www.thoughtco.com/which-trees-offset-global-warming-1204209
Goals to appreciate nature
1. Get out in nature
What better way to experience nature than a camping trip, with just a tent between you and the earth? Find a spot rich in nature, whether it’s coastland, mountains, trees, lakes or wildlife.
If camping isn’t your thing or you don’t have the time, try hiking, biking or any other outdoor activity.
Or appreciate nature closer to home. This bird bath & feeder, butterfly garden and bee house will help to transform your garden into a haven for local wildlife.
2. Notice three things
When you are in a natural environment, make sure that you maximise the benefit by being mindful of your surroundings. Start by noticing three things that you can see, hear, smell or feel. Try to stay in the moment and not let your mind wander.
The following products provide further ideas for being mindful in nature.
3. Bring the outdoors in
If you can’t get out into nature, why not bring the outdoors in? With sights, sounds and smells of nature, check out the picks below for bringing nature into your home or office.
Improving your environments
Environmental wellness doesn’t just refer to the natural environment. It also means being comfortable within whatever environment you are in. If there is an environment that you are not comfortable in (be it home, work, or somewhere else), what steps can you take to change it?
1. Personalise your space
The following products are ones that can help to add a touch of your personality to your space.
2. Declutter & spring clean
Sometimes the reason that we don’t feel comfortable in our environment is because it is cluttered or dirty. These product suggestions can help to declutter or spring clean.
If your space needs more than decluttering or cleaning, how about a touch of home improvement? These are my top picks for renovating.
If all else fails, it may be time to move. Take some time to understand what exactly is bringing you down about your environment, so you have a clear idea about what you want in your new space.
Discovering new environments
Travelling is a great way to strengthen your environmental wellness. By visiting new places, we are automatically more mindful of our surroundings.
When visiting new places, take some to tap into all the sights, sounds and smells. If you feel homesick or experience culture shock, reflect upon what it is that you’re missing or why you feel uncomfortable so you can appreciate it once you return home. This will also help you to understand what makes an environment comfortable for you, and what makes it uncomfortable.
2. New environments near you
You don’t need to travel far to discover new places. It could be a neighbourhood in your city you haven’t been to, a local park, or even a new bar in town. Remember to be mindful and notice your new surroundings. The same product picks as for travelling are useful here – a journal and camera to capture your observations.
Have you noticed how your environment affects your mood? Have you been inspired by any of these ideas, or are there any that you would add? Leave me a comment below to let me know.
Environmental wellness is high on my priority list at the moment, having been neglected for a little too long. Decluttering is my top priority, and maybe some renovation once that’s done. But I’m also keen to discover new ways to reduce my environmental impact. And I’m always happy to discover new places. I really notice how grounding it is being around nature, so I aim to maximise this whenever possible.
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