Living Green INSIDE Your Home with Feng Shui
Living Green inside our homes with Feng Shui helps us create balance and happier, better lives – room by room.
- Grow your own herb garden. This adds the wood and earth elements. A metal pot could add the metal element. Finally, growing them in a mason jar could help incorporate the water element. So, adding the metal or glass pot would essentially give you three elements! Herbs also add a nice healthy smell to the kitchen and are great for cooking, salads, and flavour.
- Bring lemons into the kitchen. They can be used for cleaning the bacteria on your wooden cutting board, freshening your garbage disposal, cleaning a stainless steel sink, or just adding a fresh scent to the air without all the toxins found in most air fresheners.
- Add a low flush toilet. Also be sure to keep the lid down.
- Add river rocks to the sink to slow down the energy from going out. This incorporates nature, the earth element, and gives the bathroom a “spa” type feeling.
- Incorporate bamboo towels. They are another way to add green living to this room since bamboo is a natural fibre.
- Areca palm
- Bamboo palm
- English ivy
- Peace lily
- Rubber plant
- Objects such as a wooden desk or bamboo accessories add the wood element
- Earthy colours, such as yellow, add the earth element and keep the room bright and cheery.
- To keep your career and finances flowing smoothly, a tabletop water feature would be good in the office.
- Use bamboo linens on the bed and/or bamboo flooring to add the wood element.
- Choose earthy tones for the wall (like warm beiges or earthy greens). Green-friendly, non-toxic paints are best.
- Step up the romance with red non-toxic candles, bringing in the fire element.
- Hanging your laundry to air dry instead of using the dryer. You will be amazed on how much longer your clothes last! This is better for the environment and reduces your electrical bill.
- Conserving water and only washing full loads of laundry.
- Using green-friendly soaps.
- Use green-friendly lighting in all rooms.
- Keep doors closed for rooms not used often to conserve heat.
- Buy fair-trade products (such as coffee, Ocean Wise Seafood etc.) when possible.
- Eat sustainable foods such as peas, lentils, beans, and chickpeas. These have a low-carbon footprint, produce less greenhouse gas emissions and use solar energy to draw nitrogen from the atmosphere.
Watch for next month's article on Living Green OUTSIDE your Home with Feng Shui!
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