Being eco-conscious is about creating a better world for ourselves and future generations. However, there are more benefits to be gained from going green other than just saving the planet. Living a more sustainable life also has a huge positive impact on our mental and physical health which contributes to our overall happiness.
Here are a few reasons why switching to an eco-friendly home helps us feel more fulfilled:
From the building materials to our household items — we surround ourselves with materials that are full of toxic chemicals which pose serious threats to our health. An eco-friendly home, free from non-volatile organic compounds (VOC) and BPA (bisphenol A) means eliminating common respiratory and immune system disorders often associated with traditional building materials. Eco-homes also have more efficient ventilation systems which allow for the circulation of fresh air with no build-up of stale or polluted air.
Save Resources and Money
According to the American Psychological Association, the biggest contributing factor to stress is financial worries with meeting monthly home bills being the topmost concern. Going green means reducing our use of natural resources such as water and energy, and by being more efficient with your home energy usage you can greatly reduce your monthly bills and experience less stress.
Switching to solar energy or energy-saving bulbs, making use of natural lighting, and conserving rainwater are just some of the ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and save money in the process.
Improvement in Living Conditions
Eco-friendly living conditions with sustainable practices, such as communal gardens, and more green and open spaces lead to an increase in happiness. Bringing a little nature indoors not only brightens up your home but it can also increase your levels of happiness and productivity.
Better Food Choices for Better Health
Sustainable food often means healthier food. Nutrients can be lost when food spends a long time in transit. Opting for locally-grown ingredients or food from your own vegetable garden helps ensure you get the best quality, freshest and healthiest produce. Not only that, but without the production, packaging, and traveling, your food will also have a lower carbon footprint.
In addition, healthy eating not only improves our physical health but our mental health too. By reducing our intake of trans fats, sugar, and processed foods we can reduce our risk of illnesses such as depression, obesity, many types of cancers, and type II diabetes.
Living more sustainably is not only great for our environment but it also means a more community-focused, less stressful existence, and a more fulfilled and happier life for us!