“Forest Bathing”

One aspect of “Sustainable Living” is living in harmony with Earth – such as with solar heating, power, hot water, driving, etc. – and with permaculture food, toxin-free air and chemical-free water, etc.

However, another aspect is just as important to our quality-of-life experience.  In the 1980s, Japan discovered a process that reduces stress, increases health and longevity, and yields greater day-to-day life enjoyment.  They’ve named the process “Forest Bathing.”  It’s become a mainstay treatment in Japan and is spreading to many other countries. … Keep reading

Beekeeping

 

 

Here’s an interesting article that actually holds more promise than the article implies. As photovoltaic power became less expensive than coal, the source that began the industrial revolution centuries ago is declining in use.  Regardless of how much money the owners give the politicians, coal plants are still closing.

From a perspective of economic wellbeing, the Appalachian region may finally have a growth industry that’s a lot cleaner and healthier for the workers than coal has ever been.

Even more important: One of the most important aspects on the physical side of sustainability is food. … Keep reading

Wisdom & Sustainable Living

Here’s an unusual blog, with quotes taken from a book about Native American culture.  I reflect on these quotes – especially in light of modern-day politics and our national and international cultures – and then reflect on what “sustainable living” might truly be about.

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The Wisdom

of the

Native Americans

                                                                           Kent Nerburn

 

(P.10) Silence meant to the Lakota what it meant to Disraeli when he said, “Silence is the mother of truth,” for the silent man was ever to be trusted, while the man ever ready with speech was never taken seriously.                       … Keep reading

Organics Quickly Improve Health

Here’s a new research finding that shows how quickly our bodies respond to a better diet.

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Study Shows Toxic Pesticide Levels in Families Dropped by 60% After One-Week Organic Diet

 

“This important study shows how quickly we can rid our bodies of toxic pesticides by choosing organic,” says researcher

 

Jon Queally, staff writer

February 12, 2019

Common Dreams

 

The study tested four diverse American families in Oakland, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Baltimore after eating their typical diet of conventional food for six days and then after a controlled diet of all organic food for six days.… Keep reading

Biodegradable Plastic Packaging

 Given the enormous volume of plastics that are polluting our oceans and sitting in landfills almost on a permanent basis, coming up with plastic packaging that’s convenient, inexpensive, and Earth-friendly is a huge positive development. The article features one person’s invention, then mentions others, as well.

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Margarita Talep develops

algae-based alternative to

single-use plastic packaging

 

Natashah Hitti

Dezeen

18 January 2019

 

Chile-based designer Margarita Talep has created a sustainable, biodegradable alternative to single-use packaging, using raw material extracted from algae.… Keep reading