Creating a Home in Harmony with Nature
Most people today want to reduce their carbon footprint and try to get more in harmony with nature. That usually starts with trying to create a more natural home environment. Even standard home designs today come with energy efficient windows, appliances, and water use reduction technology. If you want to create a home that's in harmony with nature you can remember three key words. Reduce, reuse, and recycle.
- Reduce -- Anytime you want something new try to determine why you want it. Do you really need it? If you do, can you find it used? Every time you buy something brand new pollution is added to our environment and you will increase your carbon footprint. There are always ways to create what you need, without getting something new.
- Reuse -- You can make an old table new again, and give life to a garage sale dress with great fabric by turning into a purse or pillows for your couch with just a little sewing. You can frequent Craigslist.com to find treasures, and look for garage sales on Facebook for your area, like this one for Manhattan Kansas. In addition, there are groups for each area where people give away their old items called The Free Cycle Network. These are great ways to find older items that you can reuse, as well as sell or give away your own.
- Recycle -- Understand your communities recycle policy and locations. If you know what can be recycled when it cannot be reused again that helps. Most communities, even if not public knowledge have some sort of recycling going on. You can typically recycle, plastic, glass, paper, cardboard, steel and aluminum with no issues in most communities. Some have programs where they pick it up curb side for you, and others you'll need to do the hauling yourself.
- Replace -- If you currently use chemicals that are known pollutants for cleaning and / or personal care you can now find replacements. There are cleaners that work and smell just as good as the kind that have dangerous chemicals. Whether it's personal care products, household cleaning solutions, indoor and outdoor pest control, or even new paint that you want you can replace the old ones with better and safer products that are in harmony with nature.
Living in harmony with nature just takes creativity and practice. If you find it hard to let go of wanting new things, or things that are truly dangerous for the environment like cigarettes for instance, you may have some work to do on yourself. Remember that you don't need to impress anyone else, you only need to live as gracefully as possible, respecting your environment. Having a natural home becomes easy with practice. In fact, it's really a lot more simple than having too much stuff, too many chemicals, and all that goes with it. Letting go will bring you closer to nature so that you can create the natural home you want.