We all have heard of the many benefits of immersing ourselves in nature -- both mental and physical. We love this study that shows that spending 120 minutes in nature a week is associated with good health and well being. We have recently stumbled across multiple new products and companies that help you bring nature inside because despite our love of nature, we still spend 90% of our time indoors.
If you haven't heard of biophilic design before, you will -- it's a way of creating a closer connection to nature through the ways building and landscapes are created and built. And while this is the future, many of us don't have the benefit of living in a biophilic designed house (yet) so we need to find ways to bring nature inside our current homes.
The good news is that even if you're in a small NYC apartment, you should be able to enjoy the benefits of nature pretty easily. We think you'll feel more nurtured, relaxed and mentally fit as a result.
Ginko Sustainability is a company that creates green rooftops and walls. They offer both commercial services and consumer solutions -- including moss art, living garden and vertical walls. You can buy it right from their site, too, so very easy to implement. But if you want them to manage it, they offer consulting, installation, design and maintenance.
Gardyn lets you grow your own produce vertically so you're never out of fresh food. Plus, it comes with an app to help you monitor, even if you have a black thumb.
We love this self-watering, self-fertilizing farmstand from Lettuce Grow. Such an easy way to bring nature in -- plus it uses significantly less water than a conventional garden.
Also -- don't forget that our handmade, ceramic vessels make the perfect succulent planters. We are big believers in upcycling -- and creating products that are high quality and meant to last a lifetime.
We hope this will inspire you to look at your space differently -- and see the opportunities all around you to bring nature inside. Please share your "hacks" to bring nature inside too, we'd love to learn more.
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