Many of us are looking to improve ourselves and our home planet. You’ve probably heard the term holistic living, but what does it really mean? Well, it is a daily lifestyle choice that includes nurturing, respecting, and healing ourselves and others, as well as the planet.
When you are living holistically, you truly know and feel everything is one, connected. You know you are not separate but are a beautiful part of the magnificent whole. You make a conscious choice to live in harmony with nature, with others and with yourself, through your thoughts and actions.
This includes being conscious and mindful of the food you eat, the thoughts you have, the exercise you take, your mindset, your attitude, your relationships, and your connection to and impact on nature. You choose to live from the heart.
If you are looking to live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle, and provide better and healthier food for you and your family, if you want to deepen your connection to the universe, your community and your environment, holistic living can provide answers.
Social knowledge generally accepts a mind-body-spirit paradigm. But society is struggling to catch up and acknowledge that the importance of a healthy Earth is paramount to living a complete and wholesome life.
As we learn more about the ecosystem of our body, the connection between our bodies and the Earth is getting harder to ignore. I encourage you to begin or continue your journey to creating a more balanced, holistic lifestyle. There are many resources available and a little research goes a long way.
The Plastic Planet
Did you know, one of the greatest problems facing the Earth and ultimately us, is the use of plastic? The worst affected areas on the planet are the oceans and waterways. Much of the plastic produced does not end up in landfill, recycled or incinerated as we think, but it is thought to end up in our oceans.
Between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year.
Getting stuck in plastic can have horrible consequences for sea creatures such as reduced mobility, starvation, drowning or suffocation. It can lead to infections, growths, or amputation of limbs (and not the surgical kind). Animals stuck in plastic become less capable of finding food and become also easy victims for predators.
For whales, entanglement in plastic is a greater threat than whaling. The sharp threads of nets can cut into their flesh, causing whales to lose fins or tails. Other whales must swim with the fishing nets in which they are entangled.
Marine mammals such as sea lions, dolphins, and seals are regularly the victims of their own curiosity, and turtles are known for getting easily stuck in plastic too. They swim right up to plastic objects and play with them. These species have not yet learned that these objects are not fun but dangerous.
Unfortunately, at this stage, not all plastics will be replaced. They still play an important role in one area, medicine. Traditionally, medical tools and devices were made of glass, metal, and ceramics. The discovery of plastic however, changed everything. Plastics revolutionised the field of medicine was as it made patients safer and procedures simpler.
Modern healthcare would be impossible without the use of plastic materials in numerous crucial medical items we take for granted. Items such as disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags and heart valves are just some of the many medical items made from plastics. I do hope that one day a safer alternative to plastics in medicine will be found.
What can we do?
In the meantime, can we do something, anything to reduce the amount of plastic in use? Oh yes, we can, yes we can! Here are some top tips for reducing plastic in your life.
1. Reusable fruit and veg mesh bags
Use these instead of plastic bags. They can be ordered online, and I have noticed that they are now available from some supermarkets. They come in various sizes for fresh fruit and veg. If your shop doesn’t have them, ask for them to be stocked.
2. Carry reusable shopping bags
Preferably those NOT made of plastic. Even if you reuse them a lot, they will still end up damaging the Earth. Also, it’s a good idea to carry a material bag or two with you at all time in case you find you need to pop to a shop. They fold small and can stay at the bottom of your bag until needed.
3. Online grocery shopping
When doing this please request no bags. It takes a small amount of extra time to unpack and put your goods on the table or bench, but it is worth it. And you saved time from not having to visit the shop anyway.
4. Cans and bottles
Buy cans and bottles instead of plastic. When buying in bulk, make sure they come in cardboard containers and not plastic packs or plastic rings. These plastic rings have often been found strangling birds and being swallowed by fish. If we ignore drink containers that come in plastic, the manufactures will soon get the message.
5. Reusable cups and bottles
This is a biggie, carry a reusable drinking bottle. Everyone is now drinking water on the go, which is a good thing, but don’t be buying the plastic bottles, always use your own reusable one. Many places now fill them for free, so you save money too!
When you’re popping out for that well-deserved coffee take your reusable cup with you. This is a shocking statistic but less than 1 in 400 disposable cafe cups are recycled. Some cafes even offer a small discount if you use your own cup (and if they don’t ask them why not!)
6. Say no to plastic straws
Plastic straws are bad news for our oceans. Next time you order a drink, think about whether you need a straw. More than likely, you don’t, so just say no! You can also ask your local pubs, cafes and restaurants to stop adding straws to drinks as standard and offer paper straws to those who want one.
I like having a straw in my gin and tonic, but I have ceased using one and find it is just as enjoyable to drink from the glass.
Small and important
So, you see that are many small but important things we can do to save our oceans and our entire planet. By being conscious and mindful of our actions, we will be doing so much for Mother Nature and for ourselves. Showing love to the planet is really about showing love to yourself, and vice versa.
I really do encourage you to embrace holistic living. Every step we take in the right direction is a step for all our good. You can also do more research for more ways you can help. There are many sites to visit for inspiration.
Our Earth will thank us by giving us a healthier and cleaner place to live for us and future generations.
Thanks for reading,