Be Green

Being green is all about how we can take actions to support the environment around us, to protect the planet and ensure there are enough resources for everyone. There is evidence that an eco-friendly lifestyle can help improve your wellbeing too, as it can improve your mental and physical health.

1. Good green fun

Choosing hobbies that are good for the environment is a great way to support the planet and our own health. Studies show that spending time in nature is good for our mental health by improving our mood, concentration and giving the brain time to rest and revitalize. So next time you’re looking for something to do, why not turn off the TV and visit a local green space for some well deserved relaxation.

Woman walking through the woods with her back to the camera

2. Do good and feel good

Research shows that doing something good for the environment improves our wellbeing, as we develop an increased sense of purpose and a greater level of life satisfaction. Why not do something for the environment and yourself by taking up a new green habit – such as recycling or carrying a reusable water bottle to reduce single use plastics.

Hand holding a used plastic bottle over a bag of recycling

3. Grow your own

We all know that eating vegetables is good for our health, but there are plenty of other health benefits to growing your own food. It’s better for the environment as it helps reduce reliance on long distant transport and pesticides. The great thing is you can grow your own food almost anywhere; you might be lucky enough to have a garden or allotment, but if you’re pushed for space a window box can make a great herb garden. If you’re a complete beginner, easy vegetables to grow include salad leaves, courgettes, herbs and beans.

Plant pot with strawberries growing inside

4. Re-use, re-purpose and up-cycle

If you like getting creative, why not incorporate what you already have available into your artwork? You could make a collage out of pictures from old magazines or make a sculpture from cardboard boxes. Almost anything could go towards your next masterpiece! If you are stuck for ideas, Pinterest has lots of inspiring projects using everything from old T-shirts to bottle tops. Visit the Pinterest website.

Hands sorting through different coloured bottle tops
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