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Sustainable Home: Practical Projects, Tips And Advice For Maintaining A More Eco-Friendly Household

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There’s nothing more fun in this world than undertaking projects that make your home a nicer place to live.

Our homes are our castles, they’re the places we retreat from the world and the better they feel, the better we feel.

That’s why we love Christine Liu’s book Sustainable Home: Practical projects, tips and advice for maintaining a more eco-friendly household.

It’s packed full of ideas that can improve your space at home and they’re all good for the planet too!

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About Sustainable Home by Christine Liu

If you haven’t come across Christine Liu, she runs the site (and YouTube channel) called Simply By Christine. In which she focuses on ways to improve your life by simplifying the way you live and ensure that everything you do is sustainable.

In her book Sustainable Home, she gives us 18 projects broken down into simple easy to carry out steps that can make your living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom more enjoyable.

Some are big projects like the project to convert your home to run purely on renewable energy sources. Others are much simpler and can be carried out the day you buy the book – like making your own toothpaste.

What we found was that this was the perfect text for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in the world but hasn’t quite worked out where to start.

You can check the latest price of Sustainable Home: Practical projects, tips and advice for maintaining a more eco-friendly household by Christine Liu on Amazon.

Unpaper Towels Reduce Paper Waste Beautifully

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Unpaper Towels On Counter

Some people think that paper waste is no longer a problem thanks to the near universal spotlight on plastic waste now.

Sadly, this just isn’t true.

While it is true that a couple of trees are planted for each tree cut down to make paper and that a lot of paper is recycled, and all paper is biodegradable – this still isn’t the best thing for the planet.

Unpaper Towels

The best thing for the planet is a sustainable, reusable alternative to paper that eliminates (or at least massively reduces) waste in the first place.

It takes much less energy to carry out this process and that’s what the world needs.

The Unpaper Towels Revolution

Unpaper Towels from Prairie Cloth Company

The unpaper towel is not a new invention. It didn’t take a world class inventor to realize that the best towels in the kitchen are actual towels.

The unpaper towel is simply a traditional piece of towel shaped like a piece of paper kitchen toweling.

They are more absorbent than paper and they last much longer than paper, particularly if they are cared for properly and washed and dried on a regular basis.

Thus you have an elegant, green alternative to paper which is no different to what you’re used to.

Our current favorite unpaper towels are from The Prairie Cloth Company and you can find them on Etsy here.

WAMA Underwear: Taking Hemp And Turning It Into Amazing Undergarments

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Going green is important but so is comfort. There’s no item of clothing we can think of that needs to be as comfortable as your undergarments.

Counbtless attempts to go eco-friendly “down there” have failed.

That is until WAMA underwear came along.

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Lounging with WAMA hemp underwear

They’ve truly mastered the art of turning hemp into underpants and we have to say, we love what they’re doing.

Why Hemp Underwear?

For a short period of time it looked like hemp would become the dominant material crop in North America. Then the powerful and wealthy lobby representing cotton producers got involved and because hemp is closely related to marijuana – the industry was swiftly sidelined by legislation.

However, you can’t keep a good crop down and in the 2000s people have started to realize just how useful hemp can be for making things.

You can make paper from hemp, fibers from hemp and just about anything you can think of can be made from the fibers – including underwear.

The Benefits Of Hemp Underwear

This wouldn’t have matter if it weren’t for the fact that hemp fabrics can be made super soft and are naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial and as importantly, for underwear, they’re also very breathable.

WAMA underwear decided to become the pioneer of this nascent industry and create exception underwear with the right fit, function and design.

wama hemp undies

The WAMA mission is “to pioneer the hemp underwear industry by making the best hemp undies in the world and constantly improving the fit, function and design.”

As hemp is naturally anti-bacteria and anti-microbial, as well as breathable and very soft, it’s a natural textile to be used for underwear.

We can report that they’ve succeeded. This is a business that understands underwear as much as it understands eco-friendliness.

Everyone should buy their underwear from WAMA.

Urban Cultivator is Future of Indoor Kitchen Gardening

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One of the greatest challenges of modern life unfolds in your kitchen. Get ready!

How do you get food that isn’t doused in pesticides and chemicals? Growing your own is always an option but what about those of us who live in urban areas?

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Urban Cultivator Kitchen

If you live in an apartment, condo or townhouse with no garden, you’ve always been out of luck when it comes to cultivating your own product – until now.

Welcome to the kitchen of the future!

Having an Urban Cultivator means you can harvest seconds before you plate, giving you access to fresh, organic microgreens and herbs year-round.

Urban Cultivator aims to change the way we look at food and the art of growing it forever.

Hydroponic Solutions for Urban Indoor Gardening

Hydroponics have a bad rap. This is unfair. There’s nothing wrong with growing on water. It’s the fact that so many people turned to growing marijuana, illegally, on water that trashed the reputation of this awesome technology.

When you grow on water and use lamps, you can grow anywhere. You can plant crops in your closets, under the stairs, in the corner of a bedroom and you can maintain a constant temperature and provide exactly the nutrition that your plants need to thrive.

An Urban Cultivator Herb Garden
An Urban Cultivator Herb Garden

Urban Cultivator Residential in Action

With the Urban Cultivator you can grow a variety of herbs and microgreens right in your own kitchen garden – up to 8 varieties at a time. This is a sweet 24″ machine that operates on 110v or 220v power and averages 18 kWh per month.

It’s also CSA certified and comes with a 3 year warranty.

This Is Locavore In Action

Jessica Prentice, of Local Foods Wheel, coined the term “locavore” and it represents people committed to only consuming products grown or harvested within 100 miles of their home.

Urban Cultivator has given us the means to become locavores no matter where we live and no matter how far we are from a farm.

We recommend checking out their living kitchen and seeing how easy it can be to eat fresh, tasty food every single day of your life.

Love Goodly – Cruelty Free Subscription Boxes Deliver Beauty And Delight

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Love Goodly is one of the most interesting services we’ve come across this year.

Their founders decided to build a subscription beauty box for women but with several differences that elevate what they do above the countless subscription boxes out there.

Love Goodly Logo

Cruelty Free And Healthy

The founders of Love Goodly, Justine and Katie, want to ensure that every product they select is both healthy and cruelty free.

This is because Justine has fought and beaten breast cancer and Katie is a long time and highly committed vegan.

That means they always use non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free products and try their best to ensure that they are eco-friendly, GMO-free and organic too.

Value For Money

Each month the box comes with 4-5 products. They are all full-sized.

They include beauty and skincare items as well as some sort of style or home accessory. Every now and again they throw in some healthy snacks for good measure.

It’s also important to note that you can then buy the individual products from their store.

So after they’ve featured in the box, so you don’t have to hunt around to find suppliers of products that you love.

Empowering Women

Love Goodly was founded by women. It’s led by women and run by women too. The team is passionate about making sure their subscription boxes deliver on their promise.

One Last Thing, Charity

Every month a portion of the money you spend on your subscription box is given to a good cause. So, not only does the box do you good but it makes the world a better place too!

Check out Love Goodly today!

Matt & Nat – The All-Natural, All-Vegan Clothing Collection

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Matt & Nat is one of our favorite brands of the moment.

Their elegant fashion collection is both on point and environmentally friendly. It’s also one of the most ethically designed ranges you’re going to find anywhere.

They were founded in 1995 and the company name is a combination of “Mat(t)erial” and “Nature” and their concept is simply to explore the synergy between the two.

“Live Beautifully”

The company says that its motto is “live beautifully” and they believe that means that there is a responsibility to understand and appreciate the humanity, creativity and positivity inside each living soul.

Matt & Nat Sunglasses.

This manifests itself in a set of values that reflect this they include love, social responsibility, excellence, integrity and more.

Vegan Clothing?

Yes, vegan clothing. If you take a quick look at the average person’s wardrobe, you won’t need to find a mink coat to find plenty of animal products such as leather or sheepskin.

Matt & Nat, from the beginning, chose to avoid any animal-based materials.

They also experiment continuously with new eco-friendly materials that have been created from recycled products even recycled cork!

And all their linings, since 2007, have been out of completely recycled plastic bottles.

They’re doing their bit to combat the biggest threat of our time – plastic waste.

Where Can You Find Them?

Matt & Nat clothes can be found online at their webstore here but also at boutiques in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Australia.

So, there’s no excuse for not supporting their efforts to make clothing environmentally friendly.

This Smart Tiny House Is A Dream Come True

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Natural Beauty Guide for Whole People

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One thing women have told us time and again is that they want to try a natural beauty regime but they find the getting started so intimidating, that they keep falling back on old routines.

So, we’ve put together a simple guide to getting your natural beauty routine started and then we take a look at some of the big natural beauty trends for the rest of 2019 and into 2020– so you can begin as you mean to go on, with the latest knowledge.

How To Make An Effective Transition To A Natural Beauty Routine

This is a multi-step process but a simple one.

It allows you to move at your own pace and to become comfortable with small changes before making major changes.

Be Clear About Why Natural Beauty Matters

Make A Plan.

We couldn’t possibly list all the issues with chemically based makeup and beauty products here but take a look at this study reported by the University of Berkley.

They showed that even the shortest of breaks from certain brands of shampoo, lotion or makeup can lead to a significant reduction in hormone-disrupting chemicals in a woman’s body.

Yes, hormone-disrupting chemicals. That’s every bit as bad as it sounds. Unfortunately, beauty products are poorly regulated in most countries.

So, if you want to avoid this kind of interference with you body – you need to know about it.

Do your research and decide what chemicals you wish to get rid of from your beauty routines.

Reinforce Your Decision By Writing Down Your Reasons For Change

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Write it down.

Scientists have proven time and again that goal setting is not enough to make effective changes in life.

What does work, however, is when you write down your goals and the reasons you have for choosing the goal.

So, grab a pen and paper during your research and make notes.

Stuff like “I’d like to see my hormones in balance as nature intended them” alongside, “I will change my shampoo and lipstick brands to make this happen.

This will dramatically increase your chances of succeeding with your new routine.

Go Through Your Current Beauty Products

Fortunately, it’s easy to work out what’s what in your current products and no, you won’t need a chemistry degree.

Mobile users can install the thinkdirty app to get a run down on things, and everyone with a net connection can use EWG’s skindeep database.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

One of the first things we did when we switched out to a natural regime was to consult a specialist about it.

Bodyshop, for example, will be happy to provide a free consultation and recommendations on products that might improve your health and beauty regime.

There are also professional beauty consultants that can offer a broader range of services designed to help you tailor your natural routine.

Realize That Change Doesn’t All Need To Come At Once

This is the moment that many people become completely overwhelmed. They’ve got a bag full of makeup which isn’t natural, and which might impact on their health. They don’t have the budget to swap it all out – what should they do?!

Breathe. The answer is to take it one step at a time. Change one thing a week and by the end of the year, everything will be natural. Switch the products that you use the most (like deodorant or shower gel) first and leave the occasional use products until last.

Try Things Before You Commit: Natural Beauty Free Samples

You can get free samples of many cosmetic items and for others you can buy trial size packages or even travel size ones. Before you commit to a product, give it a small-scale trial, do you like it? Does it deliver the benefits that you were looking for?

Brand loyalty is understandable but build that loyalty around results rather than marketing materials.

Develop A Care Ritual That Makes Sense And Makes You Feel Great

It won’t happen immediately, but you should be looking to develop a routine that makes you feel amazing. It’s like switching from junk food to whole foods. The first few days are a little strange and then, suddenly, you’re full of energy and joy.

Deep changes in the way we live are positively impactful, but they can take time to bed in. Be patient, don’t expect miracles but do expect to feel better and happier over time. Once you rid your body of toxins – it can begin to heal.

Keep Going

You should make a little time to renew your commitment to natural beauty every now and again. It’s easy to slide back into old habits over time if you don’t remind yourself as to why you began, it’s even easier.

And don’t forget that it may take a while to get used to a new way of doing things too (think switching from a spray deodorant to a cream-based one) and it’s worth persevering.

Make It Fun

One thing we’ve found really helps people stick to a new routine is to involve other people. Get your closest girlfriends together, explain the journey that you want to take, see if they’d like to get involved too.

Swap tips and products, get together for natural beauty treatments or a massage, the more you share your enthusiasm, the more enthusiastic they will become, and their enthusiasm will boost you even more. It’s a virtuous circle and it’s a lot of fun.

Natural Beauty Trends For 2019

Now, that you’ve got an idea of how to create a beauty routine. What should you be looking to include in that routine? Well, there are an infinite amount of natural products out there but the big hitters for 2019 include:

Bakuchiol Based Products

Retinol is the miracle anti-ageing drug to remove wrinkles. It’s also dangerous to use on a regular basis and can react very badly with sunlight.

The good news is that there’s a natural alternative – bakuchiol. It’s also an anti-inflammatory agent which can help you feel even better than Retinol ever could.

Our favorite Bakuchiol product is OleHenriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème which you can buy online at Sephora. It puts your face into repair mode while you sleep and it feels amazing!

Microbead-Free Products

The United Kingdom has already been forward thinking enough to ban microbeads (tiny pieces of plastic) in women’s beauty products, sadly, the rest of the world has not caught up.

Microbeads are insidious in that they may be drawn into your body and build up over time to cause problems. They’re certainly building up in the world’s oceans. Getting rid of these contaminants isn’t just good for you, it’s good for the world.

We really like La Mav’s Cranberry Bio Exfoliating Scrub as a microbead-free product that really cares for your face. It includes a bunch of wonderful natural ingredients that give you a healthy glow.

CBD Oil Beauty Products

If you’re dealing with chronic pain, you’ve probably heard of CBD oil which is an extract from hemp which offers similar pain relief properties to marijuana but without the high. Well, it also offers real benefits in beauty products and we think 2019 is the year that every woman will start buying CBD products of some description.

CBD oil can help cure acne, reduce eczema and when used topically it can even help with depression and anxiety.

Our favorite CBD oil beauty product is Herbivore Botanicals Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil from Herbivore. Nothing removes redness in a more soothing and effective way. We’re in love with it.

DIY Home Spa Facials

We all love going to the spa for a pampering session but most of us don’t love the huge bill that we’re presented with when we leave. One of the challenges of spas when you’re trying to go all natural is it’s hard to know what products they’re using.

There is, however, an alternative and that’s to create spa treatments at home out of 100% natural ingredients. It’s cheaper, more fun and you can be certain that the ingredients you use are the ones that work best for your body.

We can’t run through the whole process of creating such treatments in detail here but WikiHow has a great guide that can help.

Packaging Changes: Recycled, Refilled, Refreshed

Natural Packaging for Cosmetic Products

One thing we expect to see a lot of in the rest of 2019 and into 2020, is changes to the way that beauty products are packaged.

There’s so much unnecessary waste created by the industry.

Expect to see discounts for refillable and recyclable choices when it comes to packaging.

This won’t change your beauty routine but it will save you money.

Final Words on Natural Beauty

Getting into natural beauty isn’t as daunting as it might seem at first. Take it one step at a time and you’ll soon find that you’re looking great AND feeling healthier.

There are many different options out there and finding the right ones for you might take a little perseverance but it’s worth it.

And don’t forget to check out the beauty trends of 2019 and 2020, they’re at the cutting edge of modern beauty routines.

Milk Soaps: 35 Skin-Nourishing Recipes for Making Milk-Enriched Soaps, from Goat to Almond

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A WHOLE PEOPLE BOOK REVIEW

We love it when people get creative in the home and make fresh, eco-friendly products for use in their own lives. The trouble is that for some things it can often be quite a complicated process to get started. Like making soap.

Fortunately, Anne-Marie Faiola is on hand to guide us through the fascinating world of soap making in Milk Soaps: 35 Skin-Nourishing Recipes for Making Milk-Enriched Soaps, from Goat to Almond. It’s rapidly turning into one of our go-to texts at home.

Soap For Beginners To Experts

This is a book designed to grow with you as your soap making skills. Anne-Marie tackles the basics of soap making (always using milk products) right through to advanced lessons. Camel milk soap? Anne-Marie will show you how and it’s very much worth it, if you can find a camel to milk.

Of course, this wouldn’t be truly eco-friendly if there weren’t some vegan recipes in there too and she tackles hemp, rice, coconut and almond milk soaps too. We loved the rice milk soap, it’s so gentle on your skin!

Better still, Anne-Marie walks you through how to sculpt your soaps into intricate and beautiful designs. That was our favorite part of the book.

Final Thoughts on Milk Soaps

We loved this book. It’s the perfect way to get into making soap at home and having a ton of fun. It’s also something you can get your kids involved in, as long as you keep a close eye on things.

You can check the latest price of Milk Soaps: 35 Skin-Nourishing Recipes for Making Milk-Enriched Soaps, from Goat to Almond by Anne-Marie Faiola on Amazon.

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The Complete Book of Clean: Tips & Techniques for Your Home

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Toni Hammersley won our hearts when she wrote The Complete Book of Home Organization.

The sequel, The Complete Book of Clean: Tips & Techniques for Your Home, is even better!

Toni is the creator of A Bowl Full of Moms and you can find additional author information about Toni here.

What’s Inside The Complete Book of Clean?

This is a complete (as the title says) guide to cleaning your home but, as importantly, it’s an eco-friendly guide to cleaning your home.

Toni makes things very easy for you by laying out routines and schedules to follow so that cleaning becomes a healthy habit in the home.

She also offers up a host of DIY recipes for cleaning solutions that are completely green and will ensure that your home is kept spotlessly clean.

Beautiful Images of a Beautiful Clean Home

The photography is beautiful and makes it very clear what you need to do get things exactly the way you want them.

If you’re a fan of Real Simple Magazine, then you’re probably going to love what Toni Hammersley has done in book form.

Clean Home Envy

Do we have any complaints about this book?

Not really, though we suspect that you’re going to find yourself suffering from home envy when you leaf through the images of model kitchens, bathrooms, etc.

We would also suggest approaching this slowly as it can feel a little overwhelming when you realize just how much there is to do, on a regular basis, to keep your home spick and span.

You can check out the latest price of The Complete Book of Clean: Tips & Techniques for Your Home by Toni Hammersley on Amazon.

The Feast Nearby: Book Review

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How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on $40 a week)

Sometimes when life hands you lemons, you have to make lemonade.

Robin Mather was a food journalist for The Chicago Tribune. Then she was laid off.

At the same time, she was watching her marriage spiral down the drain.

The Feast Nearby is the story of how she pulled through and the radical changes that she made in her life to turn things around.

She Went Back To Her Roots

When things went sour, she ditched Chicago and headed home to rural Michigan. There she learned to make her $40 a week budget work for her.

She remained committed to her own principles of eating local food and eating well too.

The book chronicles her approach over a year. Each day, she cooked 3 meals that met her objectives and her financial constraints.

Local Vs Organic

One of the most interesting points she raises is the idea that local food is often better for the environment than organic food. Food mileage is a major concern if you want to eat an ethical, sustainable diet and turning to local food can make a significant impact on the eco-friendliness of your diet.

Overall

We loved this book. It’s witty, clever and brings us back to the ultimate truth. You can eat well on very little money if you want to.

You can check the latest price of The Feast Nearby: How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally by Robin Mather on Amazon below.

Botanical Paperworks Seed Paper Heart Confetti for Sustainable Weddings

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Botanical Paperworks is one of the most innovative companies working in the eco-friendly sector. They’ve got a 20-year history of providing awesome paper products that don’t just biodegrade but are actually made of seeds.

When you throw away a sheet of Botanical Paperworks’ paper – you’re planting wildflowers, herbs or vegetables.

It’s no wonder that brands such as Starbucks and Sony are keen to use their products because it sends a very clear green message to everyone who comes into contact with them.

The Eco-Friendly Wedding

Getting married is a huge expense and for the average American, they will spend $33,391 on getting married.

Though if you marry in New Mexico the local average is just $17,584 compared to New York City’s breath taking $76,944!

That’s a lot of money to celebrate a special day and there ought to be some lasting benefit that comes out of that investment (though we do recommend focusing on the happiness of the bride and groom as part of the process too).

Botanical Paperworks’ Seed Paper Heart Confetti might be the way to do that. You can choose confetti in a range of shades and colors and with a range of seeds that will come from it when it biodegrades.

We really like the pastel mix which we think has a touch of the traditional about it but all of their confetti items are cute and each box has 350 items of confetti in it.

That’s an eco-friendly boost to the happiest day of your life

Check out the Botanical Paperworks’s Seed Paper Heart Confetti range on here.

Natural Living Guide for Whole People

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Many people are attracted to the idea of natural living, but it is often difficult to define exactly what we mean by “natural living” that’s because there are many different interpretations of the phrase.

This is good news because it allows you, in part, to define what natural living means and to decide how you will change your life to accommodate it.

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In this guide we offer up what we feel most people would mean by natural living, some of the benefits of choosing to live this way and some tips to help you get started living naturally.

Please remember, you don’t have to change everything in your life at once.

It’s better to make small changes, turn them into habits and then make more changes – you’re more likely to succeed and to enjoy the process of change when you take it slowly.

The Principles Of Natural Living

We think the basic principles of natural living are as follows:

  • We live the way that nature meant us to. That is whenever possible we choose the natural over the chemical. We follow the laws of nature rather than trying to bend them to our will.
  • We are conscious of our environment. We want the Earth to be a better place so that we can live in harmony with it.
  • Natural living is an everyday occurrence and we make time for it. We eat fresh foods, spend time outside and choose positive outcomes whenever we can.
  • We prefer organic to pesticides and preservatives. There’s no need for your food to be put through a chemical wringer.
  • We choose local over international. Transport miles are incredibly damaging to the eco-system when we can, we choose local products.
  • We work with the seasons. Seasonal produce is natural untreated produce. The world has seasons, so should our lives.
  • We take control of our environments. We grow food when we can. We make eco-friendly products. We know what goes onto our plates and into our homes.

You see, natural living doesn’t have to be complicated. You can interpret these guidelines in a way that makes sense for you.

There are no “natural living police” and there’s no examination or certification that makes you better (or worse) than anyone else at natural living.

The Benefits Of Natural Living

Why do we choose natural living? What do we expect in return for opting for this way of life? We think the main benefits are:

  • A better world for our children. Natural living is eco-friendly. If we want our children to thrive on this planet, we need to leave them a planet worth living on
  • A better world for ourselves. Did you know that 90% of people are subject to air pollution every day of their lives? That all the plastic waste thrown in the world’s oceans each year could cover every inch of coastline around the world? We want better than that.
  • Better health for us and our families. When you consume natural products – you are consuming products that nature intended for your body. Manmade chemicals may or may not be harmful, but why risk it?
  • Less stress. Many natural living approaches are designed to minimize stress, and this makes us happier and more peaceful.
  • Cost savings. Did we mention that natural living tends to cost less than the alternatives? It’s true, though in some cases, it may take a while for savings to make themselves known.

It’s not quite so “hippy” sounding when you break down the benefits, is it?

Natural living isn’t silly new age nonsense – it’s a means to a better life for everyone.

Practical Ways To Live Naturally

OK, we know what people mean by natural living now and we know what the benefits are, but what actions can we take to live a more natural life?

Let’s take a look:

Go For A Walk (In Nature)

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There’s no easier change to make in your life than to make space for a walk every day.

Ideally, your walk ought to be somewhere green (if you don’t live next to a forest, don’t worry, an urban park is just fine).

Why? Well, walking itself is good exercise. If you walk for 45 minutes a day, you’ll lower your blood pressure, feel fitter, be happier and have some time to think and plan your life.

You take a walk in a natural setting because research shows that green scenes make us feel calmer and more at peace.

Human beings weren’t designed to live in cities.

We were made for living in small nomadic tribes in harmony with nature.

It’s no surprise that walking in the outdoors makes us feel connected to the big picture, it’s what we were designed for.

Eat Better, Healthy, Natural Whole Foods

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Whole Foods

It’s harder than you think to start eating healthy food but it’s also very easy when you’re in the habit.

The trouble is that people get confused easily and big agriculture loves to muddy the waters.

For example, snacks made out of fruit will often be labelled as one of your 5 a day but, in reality, they’re not.

Fruit is one of your five a day. The sugar, preservatives, chemicals, etc. in a fruit snack are not healthy for you.

Here’s what we recommend to begin taking control of your eating:

  • Wherever possible buy unprocessed foods. That is vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, nuts and when you buy meat, fish and chicken avoid the deli counter and buy unprocessed products.
  • Work out where your local grocery store keeps all its junk food. Stay away from it. It’s much easier to avoid these areas than to fight temptation to “just buy some candy” when you’re there.
  • Buy local as your priority. This over and above organic produce. Food transportation over hundreds of miles wrecks the environment more than anything else.
  • Buy organic if you can. You can check the EWG pesticides guide if you want to find out more about what you’re eating.
  • Visit farmer’s markets in preference to grocery stores. Buying your food directly from small farms can make a massive difference in the quality of produce to hit your table.
  • Cook your own meals. Restaurant chains are often doing nothing more than heating up a ready meal and even in more bespoke restaurant offerings, you can’t get a clear idea of what’s in the dishes.
  • Bake at home too. Snacks like cookies and cakes can all be made in much healthier forms when you make them at home. Your home will smell nice for it too.

Consider Meditation

Meditating is easy. It requires no cash outlay. It can be done almost anywhere. It is simply the practice of taking some time to clear your mind of thoughts. (This bit can be a little tricky, but you can get the hang of it with practice).

Simply sit in a quiet place, close you eyes and clear your mind of thoughts. When a thought arises, and it will, acknowledge it, don’t pay any attention to it and let it go. Do this for 5-15 minutes a day.

Why? Well, it’s been demonstrated that people with a sense of purpose are more likely to succeed and achieve in life. It’s also been shown that people who meditate are far more likely to have a sense of purpose.

Also, mediation is linked to many health benefits including lower blood pressure, reduced stress and lower levels of anxiety and depression.

Change Your Household Over To Natural Products

Most of the products we buy and bring into our homes are chemical and can be hazardous to our health and to the health of our pets and the environment. Making a change in this area is often painless and can save you a lot of money.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Choose wood, glass and metal. That is instead of plastic. Whenever you can, opt for something that can be washed and re-used and that is not made out of plastic.
  • Choose cookware that is cast iron, ceramic or stainless steel. Non-stick coatings may be convenient, but they’re also linked to toxicity.
  • Choose natural fibers. Move your clothes, bed-liner, towels, etc. to fabrics made from organic cotton, bamboo, wool, etc. and ditch the polyester and other chemically made fabrics.
  • Choose natural beauty products. In particular ditch anything with parabens, artificial fragrances, sulfates, etc.
  • Choose natural cleaning products. Vinegar is better than window cleaning fluid and it’s natural. Look for safe, eco-friendly ingredients.
  • Make things yourself. The best way to get better makeup, better cleaning products, etc. is simply to make them yourself, the Internet is awash with guides to making every product you can think of, naturally.

Some General Eco-Friendly Natural Ways To Improve Your Life

Everything in this list is easy to do and almost all of it will save you money too. This is the best part of natural living, don’t miss out!

  • Reusable rather than disposable. Everything you can buy that can be reused rather than discarded is going to save you money in the long run. Check out bamboo kitchen rolls for example.
  • Don’t waste water. Switch off taps when you’re not using the flow, switch out your shower heads for low-flow, flush toilets only when needed, etc.
  • Cut down on energy waste. Install time controls for lights, thermostats, etc. Insulate rooms where necessary. Unplug devices when not in use, don’t leave them on standby.
  • Buy second hand. You don’t need new clothes, new tables, etc. buy used whenever you can. Thrift stores and Craigslist are your friends.
  • Repurpose before you discard. Don’t throw out tubs and containers, make them into other things. Rip up old clothes and use them for rags. Before anything goes in the trash, ask how else it could be used?
  • Give up junk. Take a walk around your home and you’ll find it’s full of stuff you bought but rarely (if ever) use. Before you buy anything ask, “do I really need this and will I really use it?” If not, don’t buy it.
  • Grow your own food. Or at least, some of it. You can grow food even in the smallest apartment or condo.
  • Buy in bulk. You can save money buy buying everything you can in bulk and then putting it into smaller reusable containers at home.
  • Walk or cycle rather than drive. Eco-friendly and great for your health too!

Our Final Thoughts On Natural Living

Natural living doesn’t need to be confusing or hard work. The trick is to decide the principles by which you want to live naturally, understand the benefits that they will bring and then taking small actions in every area of your life to live by them.

Once you start, you won’t want to stop. You will feel healthier, you’ll have more money, and the planet will benefit too. Never has living a good life been so easy.

Living naturally is awesome.