Step by step towards a greener living environment

on July 24, 2020  in bloemenDuurzaamheidgroen in je levenkruidennatuurplanten

Adding more greenery to your life is easy, fun and important! 

In this blog we show you in 5 steps how you can make your living environment greener. This can be done as big or small as you want. One plant already makes a difference! Once you get the hang of it, you can add more and more green to your life. 

🌱 You already knew that green is important. And of course you also knew that plants or flowers look nice in your house. But are you also aware of their amazing positive effects on the air, our body and our mind? We have listed a few for you:

  • Plants can use the clean air and thus filter up to 87% of the toxins that are present! 🌱
  • Globally, plants absorb about 25% of all CO2 gases produced by human activities. ☁️
  • With a plant on your desk you are on average about 12% faster in performing a computer task. Pretty handy :-) 🤓
  • Plants reduce noise & noise pollution from the outside, because they absorb the vibrations and thus dampen them. 🌱
  • They help you more productive and calmer to be. 🧘🏼
  • This also applies to flowers: each flower has its own effect, from calming your mind to warming your heart :-) 💐 
  • And herbs should not be missed either .. Each herb has a different function, such as stimulating your metabolism, relaxing your nervous system and healing a wound. 🌿

So there is actually no reason not to put a plant (or flower or herb!) In your home or living environment. Go crazy - maybe more than one ;-) 

Are you feeling green yet? We start at the beginning! Time for step 1.

Step 1: Think why you want more greenery in your living environment. 

Do you want it purely to pimp your house (because it looks good), do you want to give the bees and insects a helping hand, make use of what you sow (herbs or vegetables) or do you strive for certain other effects? In addition, it is also worth asking yourself how your own relationship with “nature” is. Do you see nature as separate from you? Do you want to protect nature because it is better for the climate, or do you want to protect it just because it “is”? 

Charles Eisenstein explains this very nicely in the quote below:

It is a revolution of love. It is to know the forests as sacred again, and the mangroves and the rivers, the mountains and the reefs, each and every one. It is to love them for their own beingness, and not merely to protect them because of their climate benefits. ” 

Charles Eisenstein

❤️ What we like about the way Eisenstein approaches the climate problem is that he starts with ourselves. If we continue to believe in The Story of Separation, that is, that nature is “separate” from ourselves and that “we” are at all separate from “others” (ethnicities, cultures, trees, animals, etc.), then we will tackle the climate problem. can never solve from the core. After all, we are all connected. The moment we embrace that and realize that whatever we do to the earth or to another people, we also do to ourselves, then a lot changes internally .. "It is a revolution of loveAs he puts it so beautifully. If we can feel the love for the earth (and thus by definition ourselves), change will take place. 💕

Back to the plant plan. Of course you came for that. But we dare to say that if you keep the above in mind (and maybe even in your heart), you will already deal with the idea of “green” or “sustainable” living in a different way :-) 


Step 2: choose true you want to place plants, herbs and / or flowers. 

If you know where you are going to pimp things up, you can better choose which plant suits it. For example, a lavender plant or woman's tongue can be very nice in your bedroom because these plants have a calming effect, while you prefer not to put an ivy plant there (because this plant needs a lot of light). If you want to sow vegetables, fruit or herbs, it is also best in a light environment and / or outside. And you would rather not put a cactus in your bedroom, because of its strong effect.

So think about where you want more green. And then check the next step!


Step 3: choose which plants, herbs and / or flowers you want.

You can go purely for the aesthetic look, or you can select your plants for their effect. The possibilities are endless, but below is our favorite selection. Click on the name of the plant for a photo, more information and how to care for the plant. We understand that you don't know that by heart about every plant ;-)

 ☁️ Air purifying plants

  • The Spathiphyllum or spoon plant: does well in a warm location and with sufficient light (but not directly in the sunlight).
  • Golden palm or Areca palm: works great as an air-purifying plant, looks great and is easy to maintain. 3 birds with 1 stone that is!

😎 Plants for looks

  • Calathea plant: this plant has colorful leaves and is therefore a real eye-catcher. She also purifies the air very well!
  • Blue Fern: also a plant with creative leaves and a blue glow. This plant needs a lot of water and is best placed in the shade. 

🧘🏼 Calming plants

  • Woman's tongue: fits well in the bedroom or bathroom, because it does not require a light spot. Filters formaldehyde from the air (a substance that is in regular toilet paper & cleaning products), so you want to have it at home!
  • Ivy plant: this plant is known for its calming effect on the peripheral nervous system. She needs a lot of light, the more the better! 

🤩 Plants with seed

  • Monstera plant: nice name, isn't it ?! According to feng shui this plant would bring good luck and well .. Who wouldn't want that? In addition, the plant would help to strengthen family ties. Ideal for the living room ;-)
  • Bamboo plant: this plant is also said to bring happiness and stimulates the flow of positive energy. A plant that you actually want to place anywhere! It is easy to maintain and suits almost any interior.

🤓 Plants for focus 

  • Curly fern: this plant keeps the air moist. And that contributes to a pleasant “working climate”, so that you can work in a focused manner. Ideal for the office. 
  • Cactus: the cactus acts as a protector against negative energy. But, due to its strong effect, it is not a good idea to put it in your bedroom. In the office, this plant does its job best! 

  

Don't forget the flowers! 💐

Flowers are also part of it. And they each have their unique function, scent and color. 

Colors make you mood. For real! In addition to the type of flower you choose, the color is also important.

Just look at these colors and their effect: 

  • Red: symbolizes love, romance and strengthens the immune system. In addition, this color gives your energy a boost! 
  • Violet: has a calming effect on your mind and nerves. It also stimulates your creativity.
  • Yellow: a real happy color. In addition, it stimulates clear communication, your memory and a healthy nervous system.
  • Orange: a social tan associated with determination and success. Something for your office?
  • Blue: this color stands for reliability and brings calm to a room. Great for the bedroom (maybe occasionally alternate with red!). 
  • Pink: symbolizes happiness and energy. Light pink is more about softness and romance. We love <3
  • White: the color of openness. Also associated with purity, honesty and perfection.
  • Green: symbolizes nature, the “green world”. It gives peace, freshness and stimulates renewal.

Type of flowers: one flower is not the other. Find out which flower suits you! Click on the name of the flower for more information and a photo.

  • Geranium: ok ok, we understand you don't want to end up "behind the geraniums". But still consider setting one up, because they encourage tranquility, peace & positivity. Go Geraniums! 
  • Orchid: brings positive energy. Turn that into a yellow orchid and your day cannot be broken anymore. The orchid smells slightly sweet and thus triggers happy feelings. 
  • Rose: we often associate the rose with passion and love, but research has shown that just looking at roses makes you feel relaxed and focused. Not just the flower of love. The Rose also boost your focus and sharp thinking. 🌹 
  • Sunflower: sunflowers are great for attracting bees and birds. This way you give nature a helping hand! In addition, they naturally give a happy feeling, because of their cheerful color. 🌻 
  • Tulip: in spring this flower is one of the first to bloom. It therefore symbolizes rebirth and is also seen as a reflection of deep love & perfection. 🌷 
  • (Peace)lily: the name says it all. A peaceful flower. 🙏🏻 Works as a great air purifier and stands for femininity. 

  

 

Herbs & Co.

We love herbs! You can eat them, make a tea with them, they smell wonderful and they have special effects on your body and mind. 🌿
 

  • Aloe Vera: fresh juice from the aloe vera plant is very good for your digestion. 
  • Basil: You might not know this yet - basil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, and is a lot healthier than reaching for the ibuprofen ;-)
  • Chili: a spicy plant! 🌶 Chili stimulates your metabolism (with fanatic use you want to have a toilet nearby ..) and is therefore great to add to a dish.
  • Lemongrass: lemongrass helps to repel insects. 🐜 Ideally, we should provide an environment that attracts insects (good for the ecosystem!), But sometimes you would prefer not to have your puncture pricked by mosquitoes and you would do well to put some lemongrass down.
  • Lavender: besides that this plant smells very nice, it has a calming effect and helps you to sleep better. For example, you can put a lavender plant on your bedside table, or drip lavender oil on your pillow for a good night's sleep. 😴 Also a nice plant to put on your desk, so you can keep your head cool when you have a busy day.
  • Mint: promotes digestion, the functioning of the salivary gland and calms your intestines. 
  • Rosemary: rosemary is delicious in a dish and contributes to good blood circulation, a good mood, your memory and it relieves respiratory problems. In addition, the scent of rosemary helps to concentrate and is therefore an ideal plant to put in the office. 
  • Oregano: acts as very powerful antibiotics, slows down the aging process and neutralizes free radicals. It may even help with depression, anxiety and migraines. In addition, oregano naturally smells very good and fits in many dishes.
  • Thyme: a perfect plant to help you with respiratory problems and you can even use fresh thyme tea to heal wounds and eye infections!
  • Parsley: a multipurpose herb. Provides fresh breath, supports digestion, acts as a hair strengthener (just wash your hair with parsley tea), has a diuretic effect and counteracts inflammation. Truly a must-have herb case! 

Step 4: get creative with the outside

Just as plants, flowers and herbs come in all shapes and sizes, there are also 101 ideas (and more!) To repot them, sow them, put them down, etc. Click on the closed words for photo inspiration: 

  • Mason jars with soil to plant seeds in;
  • Old light bulbs where you can put dried leaves in;
  • Baskets for your plants;
  • Decorated vases (doing it yourself is even more fun!);
  • Use old ones cans or pots (= doing well);
  • Hang your plants on the wall or ceiling;
  • Let them float on water;

The list is endless and thankfully Pinterest is full of ideas. So take a look and choose what suits you :-) Score the things you need (don't forget the earth) and you are ready for step 5.

 

Step 5: go all out!

Have you collected your plants, herbs, flowers, pots, cans, baskets, soil, seeds and other items? Then it is time to start renovating. Here are some ideas for inspiration (you can click!):

Spice corner: create a herb corner on your kitchen counter, on the balcony or in the garden. Make a selection of herbs that each have a different function, such as lavender (rest), basil (anti-inflammatory) and mint (digestion). After a while you can always replace them with other herbs. Is your herb not so alive anymore? Cut the leaves and let them dry, so that you can keep them together in a fragrance bag or put them in the food as dried herbs.

  • Spice jars: we really enjoy seeing how plants grow. You too? Then consider planting your herbs in a transparent pot and setting it up or hanging it up, so you can experience the whole process :-)

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  • Flower bar: great for the garden, balcony or office. Select your favorite flowers and colors and put them in a row on, for example, a bar table (nice to hermetically seal or separate a room from another), a standing desk, the balcony edge, the windowsill or simply in the garden.
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  • You can also float: leaves can float on water. This may not be of interest to everyone, but if you run a massage parlor or are a beautician, for example, this could be nice in your reception area. Water symbolizes freshness and creates peace in the room.

    Mason jars: sowing plants in mason jars, how nice? You can see the roots, twigs and leaves growing day by day.

    Use cans and jars: do not just throw away used cans and jars. They are great fun to use for your plants, flowers and herbs! Are you also working sustainably ;-)

  • Jungle office: our favorite! Bamboo plants are ideal for this. Create a jungle chill corner in the office, where you can retreat for a while. As you now know, the bamboo plant provides positive energy, so perfect for recharging.

  • Dried flowers: most flowers die after a while. You can use the leaves to dry and, for example, put it in a jar, in a fragrance bag or use it as decoration in your bathroom. 

  • Hang up that trade: especially if you have limited space, this is a great option. You can hang plants in baskets or pots on the wall, in a vertical or horizontal line, maybe even diagonally (from one corner of the room to the other, like a kind of flag line).

  • Trendy steps: on the steps there are pots with flowers and plants very nice. Of course put them on the side and not in the middle of the stairs (unless you like to fall, then it will be a different story).

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  • Be the hero! flowers, herbs and plants are often more resilient than you think. Save them from destruction and give them a second life. Consider, for example, basil that you have used in a dish: do not throw the plant away, but water it again, have patience, talk nicely to the plant and voila, the leaves will grow again! 
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    Voilà! A greener living environment in 5 steps. We could also add step 6 .. namely ENJOY your result: cleaner air, more peace in your home, positive energy and a color to top it off.

    Very nice! And now?

    You can't live green in one day. And the world does not change at all. But, as Charles Eisenstein said: 

    "Even the most thorough change happens one choice at a time." 

    In other words: change, whether in the short or long term, starts and happens with every choice you make NOW. And all those choices together ensure sustainable change. Add to that a little love and connection, and who knows, we might be the generation that will make the difference. But that's something for another blog :-) 

     

    Then just this ...

    We are very curious about your result! And let's just have a cool plant-a-plant action on Tuesday 28 July, in honor of Nature Conservation Day. We call on everyone to plant at least one plant, or even go a step further and make your living environment completely greener. Share your input & results on Instagram or Facebook, use the hashtags #plantonetagone #plantupyourlife #togetherforagreenworld and tag 1 (or more!) friends to take on this challenge. We share the best creations on instagram with the entire community 😊 


    Spread the green! 


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