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4 Ways To Design An Environmentally Friendly Home

4 Ways To Design An Environmentally Friendly Home

Fresh air, clean water, and perfect weather are what all of us living on planet earth crave. We look forward to summer, to stepping on beaches with crystal clear blue waters, and we love the feeling of warm wind. The ability to enjoy nature, clean and pure, constitutes the vision of paradise that most of us have.

However, this won’t be possible if the planet continues toward global warming and our bodies of water continuously fill with plastic and waste products due to our ignorance and neglect. We need to form a global community of people who care about the environment. To care for the environment begins at home. Here are four ways we can all be more aware of Mother Nature and help make the world a better place right from the comfort of our own homes.

1. Choose products that encompass style and integrity.

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    Style is an important factor in our lives. So is being socially conscious. It’s why Kylie Jenner’s lipsticks are vegan. We need to carry along this stream of consciousness when it comes to decorating our homes.

    Our home is a place where we experience a full range of emotions and what life has to offer. It’s where one’s day begins and ends. That’s why most people want their home to suit their personal style. Many products on the market these days encompass style but lack integrity and care for the environment. This is where taking the time to research environmentally friendly products can make all the difference in the world.

    You don’t necessarily have to be as environmentally thoughtful as one man in Thailand who built his home using natural materials, but we all need to start somewhere. Of course, the commitment to respecting Mother Nature also has to be evident in the corporate world if we as global citizens are to make any significant progress.

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    2. Incorporate pleasure and functionality.

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      After a long week, all you want to do is to have a small gathering with a group of friends. Drinking beers, sipping wine, and dancing the night away with great music is always a great time. However, the era of socializing with no boundaries has long gone, we now live in the era of modern consideration. One of these considerations is noise.

      These days, soundproofing allows people to have fun while at the same time encouraging the avoidance of noise pollution. Echo panels have become one of the great ways to reduce noise pollution. Some companies even produce these panels by recycling plastic bottles. There really is no better way to own being socially and environmentally responsible than recycling harmful plastic materials into something that’ll keep the neighbors from shutting down the good times.

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      3. Make DIY your best friend.

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        Creativity has now made a comeback. Many individuals are now looking forward to following their passions and using their talents to create change in the world. In architecture, you learn many ways to produce eco-friendly malleable creations. However, you don’t need to be an architect to DIY your home decor whilst being eco-friendly.

        A community that practices zero waste has recently emerged, and many of us are astonished by the concept. People who commit to zero waste production also commit to the DIY way of getting things done. From creating curtains out of nylon waste to making pottery out of glass bottles, you can find everything you need on YouTube and the Zero Waste community forum. Using a DIY approach, you will not only save the planet but also have a unique style for your unique personality .

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        4. Opt for a zen environment.

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          A healthy mind equates to a healthy body and soul. Nowadays, what’s trendy in home decor is a more natural, monotone, and calm environment that offsets the busyness and the hustle of the city. An environment where nature becomes the priority and balanced elements become the key materials used to enhance the beauty of the home are key.

          Some societies believe that bamboo wood is crucial to the Feng Shui of a home. Bamboo is one of nature’s wonders. It offers longevity and strength that other natural materials don’t. If you’ve watched many Jet Lee or Jackie Chan movies, you know that bamboo often becomes a weapon during battle. It has a level of toughness mixed with natural beauty that makes it a great fit for the home.

          Change the way you design your home and do it yourself using the four tips above. It’s the best way to guarantee a beautiful sense of home decor with a mindfulness of what’s important to our planet. These are just a handful of ideas from a mountain of possibilities to help conserve and create a safe and enduring environment for future generations to enjoy.

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          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

          1. Work on the small tasks.

          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

          2. Take a break from your work desk.

          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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          3. Upgrade yourself

          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

          4. Talk to a friend.

          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

          7. Read a book (or blog).

          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

          8. Have a quick nap.

          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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          9. Remember why you are doing this.

          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

          10. Find some competition.

          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

          11. Go exercise.

          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

          12. Take a good break.

          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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