The mind, body, and soul of an average 21st-century earthling is in pain. Through air pollution, toxic mass media messages and stories, the emotional stress of everyday life, and numerous chores that eat away at your health and happiness, living in the hectic modern world is not easy, nor is it particularly healthy.
This is why we need to try and adopt healthier, more ethically-aware lifestyle habits in our own home, in order to create a safe space for ourselves and our family members.
But it’s not just about our habits and family rituals, it’s also about the things we buy, the things we eat, and how we approach the problem of modern consumerism in general, that will set our quality of life apart, and make us healthier in the long run.
Along with our own well-being, this allows us to elevate the well-being of Mother Nature in the process. Let’s explore the various ways you can introduce ethical and sustainable living in your home, and raise a healthier family while aiding the environmental cause.
Allow green technology into your life
When we think of technology and its impact on our overall health, we tend to think that the less we are in contact with it, the better.
And yes, while it is true that your kids and other loved ones should spend more time out in the sunshine and less time cooped up indoors in front of a TV screen, certain tech can actually help you create a more efficient, and sustainable household. We’re talking of course, about smart technology.
Smart technology is quickly becoming the foundation of energy and resource efficiency in the modern home. Coupling some smart gadgets with positive lifestyle habits can help you minimize your household’s carbon footprint, safeguard the natural world around you, and instill healthy habits into the hearts and minds of your children.
Introduce a smart home hub, choose energy-efficient appliances, install a programmable thermostat, and connect everything to your smartphone to take complete control of your home’s energy expenditure.
Change your mindset and habits
Of course, smart technology can’t do all the work for you – if you are to raise a healthier, thriving family on the values of sustainability and eco-consciousness, you need to adopt some eco-friendly habits.
From recycling and repurposing, all the way to turning all electronic devices when you’re not using them, every positive change, no matter how small, can make a long-term change.
Adopting this mindset will not only aid the preservation of the environment, but will also allow your household to thrive.
You will be able to save money on energy expenditure, and you will have bonded with your family members through shared values – ones that will guide your children towards becoming successful, healthy, and happy adults.
Be sure to educate your family members on the importance of conservation and sustainable living instead of demanding these changes, in order to inspire them to embrace these habits spiritually and emotionally.
Enrich your home with sustainable decor
The way you choose to decorate your living environment will have a profound impact on your quality of life, your mindset and values, and of course, the natural world around you.
When decorating the interior, choosing sustainable brands such as King Living that emphasize sustainable and eco-friendly production methods will mean the difference between minimizing your environmental impact, and contributing to wasteful production methods.
Nowadays, there are many ways you can decorate your home the sustainable way, from choosing sustainable furniture, all the way to organic fabrics to minimize waste materials in your household.
In the living room, you can create a comfortable seating area from organic fabrics and eco-friendly furniture. In the bathroom, choose sustainable materials the likes of stone and marble for the bathtub.
In the kitchen, combine sustainable materials with eco-friendly appliances, lighting, and passive conservation features. With sustainable décor in every room, you will imbue your living environment with health and happiness.
Adopt new eating habits
We’ve talked about home décor and how it can impact your mindset, and we’ve touched on the need to embrace an eco-friendly mindset – but what about your eating habits?
How can the things you put on the dinner table shape your family’s future, and the future of the globe? It should come as no surprise that certain eating habits are healthier than others, such as the alkaline diet, or simply eating less meat, or eliminating junk food from your routine.
However, it’s not just about the kind of food you eat, it’s also about where you source your food from. Should you buy packaged goods that have been imported from across the globe, or should you source locally-grown food that has been raised inside of your community?
Without a doubt, sourcing your food from local markets and farmers is one of the best ways to minimize the environmental impact of food production and transportation.
Doing this will allow you to create healthier, more sustainable living environment for your family, and your local community.
Practice ethical consumption with your family
All that we have covered today leads us back to the concept of ethical consumption.
As a loving family, you need to practice sustainability in your everyday life, and most importantly, stick to your new habits no matter how easy it might be to simply leave the lights on, or put all of the garbage into a single bag, or just buy a piece of furniture without going the extra mile to verify its origins and production methods.
Sticking to daily ethical consumption is not only the best way to safeguard the environment, but it’s one of the best ways to create a healthier lifestyle for you and your loved ones.
What many people don’t realize is that these habits unite family members and create an inextricable bond between them. Doing good things in life will enrich your heart and soul, make you a better person, and allow future generations to thrive.
In the quest to raise a healthier family, few people tend to take a more holistic approach. It’s not just the food you eat, or just the way you use electricity; it’s how you combine numerous eco-friendly habits and solutions to create a sustainable, ethical living environment.
Follow these tips, and you will have laid the foundation for a future of health and happiness.