The Mental and Physical Benefits of Nature-Based Therapy
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by Mia Barnes
20h ago
Many doctors now prescribe ecotherapy as part of a holistic treatment plan. If you have a condition, your care provider may advise you to spend more time outdoors. These settings have miraculous healing capabilities. Here are five mental and physical benefits of nature-based therapy like forest bathing, gardening or swimming at the beach. 1. Increases Physical Activity Nature will inspire you to engage in it and integrate some movement into your life. When you go to the beach, you’ll likely swim or walk on the shore, even if you’re tired or are not in the mood to do anything. Why does this ha ..read more
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A Complete Guide to Starting a Community Garden
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by Beth Rush
4d ago
Anyone looking to spend more time with their neighbors, and support their community, should consider starting a garden. They’re excellent resources for socializing, providing food assistance and learning alongside each other. Read this guide to learn how to start one and which benefits of community gardens you could be enjoying as soon as this month. 1. Discuss Where It Should Grow As you learn how to start a community garden, you’ll need to consider where it will exist. You should find available land with soil that drains well and isn’t near sources of pollution, like a local landfill. The a ..read more
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Embracing Bike Month for a Greener Tomorrow
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by Katie Brenneman
1w ago
Every May, people all over the country celebrate Bike Month – a kickoff to biking season and a reminder to everyone biking is a healthy way to get around that’s not only good for you, but for the planet, too! Later in the month is “bike to work week”, encouraging people to forego cars and public transportation on their commute.  Whether you’re an avid cyclist already, but you’ve never heard of Bike Month, or you’ve been trying to think of ways you can live more sustainably, this is an easy, fun and effective way to do it.  Let’s cover some of the environmental benefits of making the ..read more
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10 Steps for Creating a Sustainable Neighborhood
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by Jane Marsh
1w ago
Ever notice acres of land once populated with critters are now the site of a manufacturing warehouse? Perhaps nearby creeks look less lively, as well. The local environment is changing — and not always for the better. Everyone in a community is responsible for making their neighborhood more eco-friendly. Learn what’s exacerbating the climate crisis and how to fight it as an empowered community in order to create a sustainable neighborhood. 1. Get to Know Your Neighbors The tech age, COVID-19 and numerous other factors have made humans more insular. People spend more time alone now than ever b ..read more
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Eco-Friendly Packaging and Products Need to Go Hand to Hand in the Skincare Industry
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by Beth Rush
2w ago
Skincare empties are usually something to be proud of. Utilizing every single drop of the product means none of it went to waste. On the other hand, you’re now left with empty packaging that will likely end up in a landfill. Eco-friendly packaging is still not as widely available as it should be, but it has to go hand in hand with sustainable skincare products to promote going green. Diving Into Eco-Friendly Packaging The skincare industry has big problems when it comes to product packaging. Plastic can take around 20 to 500 years to decompose. The material also just gets smaller as time goes ..read more
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Earth Day Every Day: Cultivating Sustainable Habits Year Round
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by Katie Brenneman
2w ago
Each year, on the 22nd of April, over 1 billion people make efforts to lower their emissions and reduce their waste, while advocating for the environment. This past April, focus was on raising awareness about the harm caused by plastics, as well as the importance of conducting clean-ups and adopting more sustainable habits. Organizers hope Earth Day efforts will lead to a 60% reduction in plastic production by 2040. Now, there’s no question championing these noble causes on a single day is effective. However, you shouldn’t overlook your environmental responsibilities for the rest of the year ..read more
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Are Plug-in Hybrids Really Better for the Environment?
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by Beth Rush
3w ago
Plug-in hybrids promised to solve one of the most pressing problems with electric vehicles — what do you do when you run out of charge and there’s nowhere to juice up? By combining a traditional gas engine with the ability to run on battery power alone, manufacturers of such vehicles intended for them to use fossil fuels only when necessary, thus reducing overall emissions.  However, reality may not live up to the hype. Are plug-in hybrids really better for the environment? Here’s what the data shows. Are Plug-in Hybrids Truly Environmentally Friendly? The basic premise of a plug-in hybr ..read more
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10 Outdoor Activities To Do With Kids
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by Katie Brenneman
1M ago
Keeping your kids entertained — especially when school’s out — can be a challenge. Not only do you have to come up with activities that will hold their attention. As a parent, you’ll probably want to use the opportunity to make those activities educational and healthy for your little ones by moving them away from their screens and into nature. The good news is that there are plenty of outdoor activities you can do with your children. Even more, by exercising some creativity, you can transform these pastimes into family traditions, ensuring you get some quality time to spend with your little o ..read more
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Your Guide to Eco-Friendly Paints and Stains for a Healthy Space
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by Mia Barnes
1M ago
Watching paint — or stain — dry is boring, but did you know many such products are also harmful? Paints and stains emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) the moment you open the can, polluting the air in the surrounding environment. VOCs serve as chemical solvents and driers. They allow additives to blend and help the product dry fast by rapidly evaporating. Aside from VOCs, old paint and stain products may contain heavy metals. These substances fall into the hazardous waste category, which is fatal when ingested or absorbed. Paints and stains can harm your health and the environment. What Do ..read more
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How Do Sensory Activities Help Children Learn About Their Environment?
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by Beth Rush
1M ago
How do you learn about the world from earliest infancy? Most people associate education with school and books, but the reality is people learn through all of their senses — and more than five exist. People experience external input in various ways, which is why sensory activities are so powerful for helping children learn about their environment.  Parents, teachers, coaches, therapists and others can harness the power of all the senses to encourage children’s growth and development. Here’s how to use environmental sensory activities to engage young learners, including those who are somet ..read more
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