12 Nature-friendly Things To Do While You're Stuck At Home

Meaghan Weeden & Diana Chaplin | March 29, 2020 | 5 min read

12 eco-friendly Things To Do from Home

Social distancing got you down? We get it. With everything that’s happening globally, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious, but it doesn’t have to be this way! We will get through this, and there’s no reason not to have a little fun along the way. So in the interest of our collective sanity, we’ve compiled a list of 12 nature-friendly things to do even if you're stuck at home!

1. Read Books

Embrace your inner e-bookworm and forget about this crazy world for a while. Some of our favorites are: Drawdown, The Hidden Life of Trees, The Golden Spruce, Nature's Temples, and The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth.

Classification of living things

Excerpt from The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth by Rachel Ignotofsky

2. Make A Wellness Elixir

Turn all that garlic you panic-bought into a remedy for cold and flu symptoms. A favorite of renowned herbalist Susan S. Weed, garlic honey is super easy to make and strangely delicious. Simply place unpeeled garlic cloves into a small jar (4-8 ounces), cover with raw honey, stir around with a chopstick to integrate. While it’s ready almost immediately, it, like a fine wine, will only get better with age. We recommend giving it at least a few days to infuse. Take it by the spoonful to soothe sore throats, lung congestion, and sinus problems, or just to prevent getting sick. Feeling more ambitious? Try your hand at another potent herbal remedy: Fire Cider!

3. Netflix and Chill

Catch up on the wonders of the great outdoors while staying in your PJ’s on the couch. We’re big fans of these awesome nature-loving Netflix shows: Planet Earth, Night on Earth, and Chasing Coral. Or you can also check our favorite best videos about the environment.

4. Got Kids? Get Nat Geo

You're welcome for this amazing compilation of genius songwriting from Nat Geo. Finally, something you and your kids will have a blast listening to and laughing about during these strange times.

5. Get This Awesome Sustainable homeschool Activities Kit 

Suddenly plunged into the world of homeschooling and looking for more ways to entertain the kids? We've got you covered with this Sustainable Homeschool Activities Kit your kids will love!

6. Take Care of Those Plants

You know how you always feel bad about neglecting your houseplants? Well, now's the time to give them some TLC. Houseplants are nature's best air purifiers, and studies show they help reduce stress. The healthier your plants are, the healthier you'll be too! You can make a homemade plant food recipe just by combining 1 tsp. of baking soda, 1 tbsp. of epsom salt, and 1/2 tsp. of ammonia in a gallon of water. Don't have that stuff? No problem, just give your plants some water.

7. Learn Some New Dance Moves and Challenge Your Friends

Itching to move your body but got nowhere to go? Learn some new dance moves and challenge your friends to see who can record the best video. Do it outside if you can, or at least get outdoor inspiration from a dance pro.

8. Make Your #Digitalstrike Sign for Climate Solidarity

Just because you're stuck indoors doesn't mean you can't participate in a #digital strike with Fridays for Future, Greta Thunberg, and millions of young people around the world who are demanding climate action. Grab your canvas or cardboard, markers or paint, and create a unique poster to share your message for the environment. Then post it on social media with #digitalstrike on Fridays!

9. Get Creative With Upcycling

Upcycling means taking something you already have but don't use and giving it new life by turning it into something awesome! Look around the house for something useless that can be transformed. You can make paper crafts or a vision board out of old magazines, paint your used cans and put plants in them, or even turn an old door into a coffee table. Lots of awesome upcycling ideas on Pinterest to get your creative juices flowing.

10. Start Your Indoor Herb Garden Using Eggshells

Make the most of your eggshells after breakfast while starting your spring herb garden right at home. You likely already have the eggshells and egg carton, so all you'll really need to get are some seeds for your favorite herbs (or flowers!) and a little potting soil.

11. Organize a Stuff Swap With Friends and Family

The basic idea here is to go through your clothes, books, and other household items to find things that are in good condition but that you don't use. Gather them up in a few tote bags, and bring them to someone in your circle who's doing the same thing - even if you have to just drop it of on their doorstep and avoid contact for now! This will create some space and cleanliness in your home, and you might just score something new and awesome that your friend didn't need anyway. After the stuff makes all the rounds with everyone involved, you can donate it to Salvation Army.

12. Give Yourself an Evergreen Facial Steam

A facial steam is not only good for your pores, it's great for your lungs! Find a large, heat-proof bowl and a clean towel to drape over your head. Head outside and find a pine, hemlock, or cedar tree. Collect around 1 cup of fresh needles from each if you can, shake clean, and place into the bowl. Next, heat a kettle for hot water, and when it’s ready, pour over the needles until they’re completely submerged. Drape the towel over your head and lean over the bowl, staying at a level that is comfortable for you. Breathe in the soothing, healing steam for as long as you can—at least 5 minutes is best. You’ll feel your pores opening and your mucus membranes just sighing in relief. When you’re done, splash your face with toner or cold water to close your pores, and work in a gentle moisturizer. You’ll be amazed at how smooth your skin feels!

Whatever you're doing at home, remember to stay healthy and keep your spirits high. If you're in the mood for some good news, check out how Coronavirus has had a surprisingly positive impact on climate change or just plant a tree!

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. This project is currently supporting AFR100, the African Forest Landscape Initiative. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Provide jobs to minimize poverty in local communities
  • Improve climate change resilience & mitigation
  • Restore forest cover to improve food security
  • Africa is home to the world's second-largest tropical rainforest. The Congo Basin is home to 60% of the continent's biodiversity. However, unfortunately, Africa is alarmingly at risk due to the current deforestation rate - which is 4 times the global deforestation rate. Not only does this threaten the livelihoods of its local communities, but it also affects the planet as a whole.
    Thanks to AFR100, Africa is on a mission to reverse these trends and restore 100 million hectares of land by 2030. This country-led effort will bring 100 million hectares of land in Africa into restoration by 2030. This initiative aims to accelerate restoration to enhance food security, increase climate change resilience and mitigation and combat rural poverty. This includes 32 participating countries in Africa, along with local communities, national governments, public and private sector partners, and international development programs.
  • Planting trees in Africa reaps multiple benefits! Notably, reforestation here will help to add nutrients to the soil and control erosion, minimize poverty within local communities through the creation of jobs, and improve food security by feeding impoverished families through the planting of fruit trees. Ultimately, added forest cover in this region will diminish pressure on remaining forests, allowing for biodiversity to flourish and ultimately helping with the global climate crisis.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • We will plant an array of indigenous tree species throughout Africa, such as Senegalia polyacantha, Faidherbia albida, Albizia adianthifolia, Persea americana, Calliandra calothyrsus, Macadamia spp., shea, and mahogany. Fruit trees will also be planted, which include mango, orange, tangerine, avocado, apple, guava, and Brazil nut.

Sign Up to our Newsletter

Get good news, reforestation updates, planting event information, and more delivered right to your inbox.