• Atul Prasad

Low Impact

Hobbies are a great way to take the edge off and have fun. It’s important, however, to consider how your hobbies might be adversely affecting the planet. Here are some of the most popular hobbies, and how you can make them more environmentally friendly.


Gardening of All Kinds



Growing your own fruits and vegetables has huge benefits not only for the environment but for your tummy too! Homegrown food tastes better and it’s great to know there are zero chemicals in what you’re eating. Plus, planted vegetation absorbs atmospheric carbon, so by gardening, you’re offsetting your own carbon footprint to some extent.


Upcycling



Need something new in your home? A lamp, table or headboard? Don’t buy it, upcycle it! There are plenty of ways you can make what’s old new again. Lampshades can be made from pretty much anything, from spoons (yes, really) to actual musical drums. Headboards can be sourced from old tables or even doors, and there are amazing things you can do with Mason Jars…just check out our article for some suggestions! Tired of your old furniture, but don’t want to change it because it still functions perfectly well? Give it a makeover with some paint or stencils. There are lots of sites you can visit for upcycling inspiration.


Become a beekeeper



Keeping bees can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Looking after tens-of-thousands of lives at once- especially ones that can sting-can be intimidating at first, but beekeeping is a great way to relieve stress and get yourself outdoors. As an extra plus, if you’re a keen gardener and love to grow your own flowers, keeping bees will aid the pollination of your plants immensely. Bees’ wax has innumerable uses, honey is a kitchen staple, and a hive can be stored in a wide variety of places.


Knitting and Crocheting



Though this is generally considered to be a hobby for women, surprisingly quite a few men enjoy knitting too. Make it more eco-friendly by using recycled wool. Unravel old sweaters, stoles and shawls and use the wool to make something absolutely new. Some innovative people are creating yarn out of plastic grocery bags to crochet. You’ll get many free ebooks on knitting/ crocheting online.


Volunteering


There are so many in need – both humans and animals – that any time you can spare to help will surely be welcome! Volunteer as a dog walker at a local shelter; donate old magazines and makeup you didn’t quite love to a women’s shelter; volunteer your time at an old age home, just chillin’ with the elder. There’s little that’s more fulfilling in this life than knowing your presence has made a huge difference to someone’s life, and there’s nothing better you could do for the inhabitants of this planet than to pay it forward.


Moving Around Outdoors


Whether you live in a big city or the countryside, there are bound to be walking, jogging, hiking, and cycling routes in the area. Find out where these are and embrace the nature around you, which we almost always take for granted! This is not only a great idea to visit places you’ve never been to before, but also stay fit and healthy as well. You can also make a good family day out of it or enjoy some one-on-one time with your partner outside of your home. And who knows what you may find on the way? It may be a lovely veggie cafe on the route or a new species of tree, why not learn more about the wildlife around you? Plenty of apps can help teach you.


Mindful Mechanic



For the hand-on folks, restoring old cars, or even building them from scratch, is an excellent green hobby. Junkyards are filled with unused auto parts just waiting to be salvaged. You can create some really cool antique-style vehicles if you can get your hands on the right parts.


Travelling


Travelling is a great way to learn about other cultures, meet new people, and explore new landscapes. Unfortunately, mass commercial travel has a significant impact on global warming.


Instead of flying across the globe frequently, opt for shorter distance trips when possible. Choose to stay in an area where most sites are accessible by foot. If your destination isn’t within walking distance, rent a bicycle, or take public transportation. If you must rent a car, be sure to carpool.


Eco-resort staycations are also a great way to avoid long-distance travel while supporting your local economy. Discover a part of your country that you’ve never visited before.

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