The constant hustle-and-bustle, the fun-tastic night life & the on-tap access to culture. Those of us who live in the city tend to love the particular lifestyle that goes with it.
But, when your eco-friendly conscience is awakened, you quickly start realizing that living a green life in the city is not always straightforward. In fact, it can sometimes feel time consuming and overwhelming. Up and leaving to start over in fresh country air, out of smog, traffic and crowds might sound idyllic but it isn't always an option.
So how can we balance a hectic busy lifestyle with our growing environmental awareness?
Here are Sari Foods’ top tips:
Recycle better: Recycling has never been easier. Almost every city has it’s own recycling system. Find out from your local offices what the regulations are though, some are okay with mixing glass, cardboard and metal, others need those separated beforehand. If you have a small garden or roof terrace, you can take a step further into recycling and actually make your own compost from raw vegetable peels, tea bags and paper. All you need is a compost bin, which you can buy (or make, if you are DIY inclined). You can then use that compost on your own plants to give them a better chance to grow strong and healthy. Mini vegetable garden anyone?
Grow an indoor garden: If you are in a flat or you only have a small paved courtyard, you can end up craving greenery. But actually, with a little research or inspiration, there are lots of ways you can create a -green area in your home, no matter how small.
Here are some ideas:
Grow your own herbs in your kitchen: cooking with fresh herbs is unbeatable. Creating a hanging space for your plants is a great way to save space while having easy access to an array of herbs like Basil, Coriander and Thyme, which are all really easy plants to keep at home.
Continuing on with the idea of utilising wall space, why not convert a half used bookshelf into a mini succulent and cactus garden? These plants are particularly easy to keep and do not ask for much water – not to mention currently very trendy with interior designers. Reshuffle your books, give some to charity and make rooms for some new roomies.
If you do have a balcony or a court yard, you could even plant a few of your own vegetables. Tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini and peas are really easy for beginners to grow. Visit your local plant centre and see what they have to offer. It is so satisfying to eat something you grew yourself. You could even try growing some from store bought vegetables and fruits by using their pips/seeds.
If it’s flowers you are after, how about hanging them from the ceiling, giving a sort of floating garden feel?
There are so many options, once you get started you may not want to stop. Pinterest is a great place for further inspiration.
Upcycle: Go through your wardrobe and do a clear out. It might sound like odd advice when thinking about green living, but actually, if you were able to give away unworn clothes to charities or thrift stores, you will find a certain satisfaction in knowing you are doing your bit towards reducing waste.
What you don’t want to give away but is looking worse-for-wear, could always be up-cycled with a little trim here and there, an added detail, some beading or lace ribbon.
Try and add a day vegetarian or vegan day to your week: This seems to have caught on as a growing trend, but actually experimenting with various foods like vegetables and grains is a great way to increase the amount of vitamins you need for a healthy lifestyle. Pick a day of the week, like Wednesday and make it Vegan Wednesday and see what you learn about your own eating habits… and don’t forget - superfoods are a great way to add flavour and nutrients to vegan dishes. Check out our blog for recipe ideas.
Make time weekly for an outdoor adventure: Our final word of advice is to take time and find the outdoors on your days off. Look online, these days everything is so easily accessible. It could be the beach, a forest, a park… whatever floats your boat, and It doesn’t need to be somewhere different every week.. If you like somewhere, go as often as you want… grab the whole family, pack a picnic and go and breathe some unpolluted O2, build sand castles, swim in the lake, go catching frogs in a pond… Go wild.
We hope these tips will help you find the needed inspiration to fulfil your growing need for nature. Peace, love and green living from the Sari Foods family.