For years we have been hearing people say that they are ‘getting back to nature,’ but what does that really mean? Are they really getting back to nature in all its glory or are they paying lip service to the idea because they’ve bought land in the country? Getting back to nature involves living a simpler, more natural life. Here are some tips you might find handy if you want to truly live more naturally.
1) Eliminate Waste
One of the biggest problems we have in ‘modern days’ is all the waste we aren’t aware of creating. Look at every single product you have brought home in the past week and you will see that you have thrown out a tremendous amount of packaging. Conservationists suggest that we buy in bulk as often as possible and when we do, bring our own shopping bags made from natural fibres that are reusable. That alone will cut down on a huge amount of trash.
2) Grow Your Own Fruits and Veggies
If you are really going to get back to nature, this means that you will need to start growing at least some of your own produce! Fruits and veggies are a real treat when they are fresh out of the garden and if you have invested in a garden building, you can sit back and admire the ‘fruits of your labour.’ If you don’t yet have an eco-friendly garden building and some furniture to match, it’s time to check them out.
3) Avoid Buying Chemicals – Make Your Own Natural Products
Are you aware of the fact that you can actually make many of the products you spend a small fortune on each and every week? Altogether too many of them are comprised of chemicals that are probably not healthy as well as being over-priced. Shampoo, laundry soaps and toothpaste are just a few of the things you can make cheaply and safely at home for a fraction of the cost. So, you like the scent of your shampoo? Add a few drops of essential oil to give it a scent that is just as safe as it is lovely.
4) Innovative Recycling
When someone mentions the word ‘recycling’ we automatically assume they are talking about glass, plastic, aluminium and paper, right? However, be innovative in your recycling. Instead of running out to the local shops to buy new clothing and furniture, have you thought of visiting second-hand shops? You can find some amazing items that are practically new and you can buy them often for 10% of what they would cost new. You can also start a group like Freecycle to share products you no longer use and find those you personally need.
5) Consume Less Energy
Finally, it is essential that you find creative ways to conserve energy. Whether it means riding a bike or walking to the store or simply cutting back on the lights you use, it is vital to understand that the energy you are using is from fossil fuels. Do your part to stop the mindless plundering of our natural resources. Check out alternative types of energy such as solar power, wind power and hydropower. You can make a difference and if each of us did our part, we wouldn’t need to worry about government incentives and government deadlines for reducing carbon emissions.
These are just five simple tips but there are at least a million more out there. Start today and within our lifetime you will see a much greener, cleaner earth. That’s a promise.