Our home, the earth, is an incredible source of healing. We firmly believe that engaging with nature — whether that’s taking care of a single succulent, eating lunch in a park, or hiking the Pacific Coast Trail — is a tried-and-true (scientifically backed) way to feel healthier and happier. We also know the earth is in need of some healing; climate change is real and...it ain’t good. But when it comes to sustainability and eco-living, we don’t preach or expect perfection — we believe that most people, ourselves included, are doing the best they can in a complicated and deeply fucked global system.
Here are some of our favorite posts to help you connect with and celebrate nature more, and to take better care of this incredible, majestic, awe-inspiring planet we get to call home:
1. 8 Practical Things You Can Do To Help Save The Bees
If you’re someone who is slightly worried about our close friends, the bees (*raises both hands*), you’ll probably be excited to find out little things you can do to help them. We spoke to a beekeeper and professor of ecology to pull together this guide that will hopefully help some of our honey-makin’ pals.
2. 16 Actually Easy Ways To Create Less Trash In 2018
We should all be using less plastic and creating less waste, but it’s a lot easier said than done. Here are a few practical and doable ways to be a better friend to the planet, from replacing single-use plastics with reusable items to tweaking your shopping habits.
3. 16 Facts About Nature That'll Make You Say "Sounds Fake, But OK"
If you’re in the mood to feel things about plants, trees, and fractals, get ready for a wild ride.
4. 19 Heartwarming Stories That Will Make You Want To Start A Garden
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." This lovely post, crowdsourced from the BuzzFeed community, will leave you in your feelings and ready to get yourself a couple of plant pals.
5. 11 Eco-Friendly Products That Made Us Say "Why Didn't I Do This Sooner?"
We're always testing out new things that help us try to soften our environmental impact. Here, we share our favorite legitimately great, vaguely virtuous eco-friendly products so you, too, can try to be a little gentler on our planet.
6. 14 Easy Ways To Raise Kids Who Love Being Outside
Kids these days...should love trees, fresh air, and the planet just as much as we do — and it’s our job to foster that love. Here are a few little things you can do, as a parent (or cool grown-up pal), to help kids learn to love nature.
7. 15 Easy Ways To Make Your Beauty Routine A Little Less Wasteful
With makeup, skincare, and haircare comes a lot of excess packaging and waste. Here are a few simple ways you can make your beauty routine a little more sustainable, without giving up any of the products and rituals that make you feel like you.
8. 18 Simple And Doable Ways To Create Less Food Waste
The world is in the middle of a food waste crisis, but there are a lot of little things we can all to do adjust our consumption habits and rectify this massive problem.
9. These Cute, Reusable Storage Bags Will Help You Save Money And Reduce Waste
Ah, zip-lock bags...they’re incredibly useful but also tend to go straight into the landfill. These highly rated silicone bags will help you cut down on waste (and save a ton of money).
10. A Beginner's Guide To Composting
Do you find the idea of composting incredibly overwhelming? So did we...until we did the research and discovered how easy and doable it actually can be.
11. These Reusable Beeswax Wraps Are Eco-Friendly And Easy To Make
Plastic cling wrap is one of the most obnoxious things on the planet. These beeswax wraps are practical, pretty, smell great, and are actually super easy (and inexpensive!) to make.
12. 11 Natural Cleaning Products That Basically Have A Cult Following
If non-toxic, compostable, and plant-based cleaners sound right up your alley, you’re in for a treat. From cleaning vinegars to a delightful laundry soda that comes in a reusable tin, these products are loved by thousands.
13. 21 Jokes About Plants That Will Make You Love And Fear Them
If some of your best friends and confidants are actually houseplants, these jokes will speak to you on a spiritual level.