21st June has been declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Yoga. Originating in ancient India, Yoga is a 5000 year old spiritual discipline – the regular practice of which can help cure several ailments and sustain physical and mental well-being ! Apart from improving health,Yoga can – in a way – help conserve the Environment too !
As the practice of Yoga “awaken” people to their interdependence with Nature, they can be expected to become more sincere in their efforts to preserve Nature ! Besides, to stay healthy we need to ensure that our Environment is clean !
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In today’s fast and stressful lifestyle, staying fit is a dire necessity. And if we can adopt an all natural way to stay fit, it is all the more better our health as well as the environment. Exercise and meditate regularly to stay healthy. For common ailments use herbal remedies. Try holistic healing therapies for chronic illnesses.
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Your dress is a reflection of your personality and you can use your style statement to convey your concern for the environment. You need to think green throughout your dress’s life-cycle – right from buying the right organic fabric, maintaining it sustainably and discarding it responsibly. The fibre of eco friendly clothing may be plant-based, animal-based, regenerative or recycled synthetic in nature. A fabric cannot just be termed as eco-friendly simply because it’s made from a natural fibre. Its production process is also an important factor to consider. The best option is therefore to choose clothes certified as eco-friendly by competent authorities.
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Whether traveling out of need or for pleasure, choosing the appropriate means of transport can result in huge energy savings. Besides green travel helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly. Using green vehicles – whether private or public – should always be the top priority. Those who drive their own cars should follow green driving tips. So unless you are hard pressed for time , try traveling in an eco friendly manner. When planning a vacation, choose travel agencies that offer eco tourism packages.
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To go green while shopping one needs to look for and buy eco friendly products or green products. Such products may be energy-efficient, bio-degradable or recyled in nature. To qualify as eco-friendly products should preferably be certified by competent authorities and should have eco friendly packaging. The manner of shopping also matters – you should not be impulsive and buy only what you need. And make sure you use green shopping bags.
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Gardening is a way to invite nature to your home ! And when it’s done without using synthethic fertilizers and pesticides, it’s known as organic gardening.
There’s more to gardening than displaying beautiful flowers. If space permits, you can grow some of the food you eat by making a vegetable garden.
In absence of a backyard or lawn for growing a garden, one can use containers. Even a vertical wall can be turned into a vertical garden – a concept known as “living wall” ! Paucity of space – especially in congested urban areas – has led some apartment complexes and corporates to transform the roofs of their buildings to green roofs – or rooftop gardens.
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A building developed and used in an eco-friendly manner is termed as a green building. In fact, any house can be turned into an eco house through the use of energy-efficient resources, green furniture and eco-friendly maintenance materials – like green cleaning products. Designing and building a house in a way so as to make it energy-efficient is known as green architecture. This concept makes use of sustainable building materials.
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