I have been accused of putting the mental in environmental. I truly believe the most successful spaces always get the details right: proper use of varied lighting, complexity of texture, subtle art, and the many other nuances that transform a space to make it exceptional. Taking it one step further (hence the mental reference), I also delve into the ordinary elements that make up one’s home. It’s all great and good if it’s an ‘environmentally friendly room’, assembled with eco paint, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) furniture, pure vegetable dyed rugs, etc, but try to dig a little deeper to appreciate the impact of the ordinary items we use everyday but don’t usually think about. Stuff such as healthy cleaning supplies, non-petroleum based candles and cosmetics, recycled paper goods. Even nail polish!
Making mindful choices in these and other everyday items can add up to a huge eco impact. Just the simple act of washing one’s hair can help save endangered wildlife. For example, check out David Babaii’s Wildaid products .
I just purchased an uber cool T-shirt (for yoga of course) from the organization Whatever It Takes, whose celebrity artwork helps raise money for charitable projects worldwide (mine is by Amy Winehouse of all people!)
Transform the ordinary into extraordinary, the mundane into momentous, the drab into divine, we all have the ability to place god in the details.