If you had to choose between sitting at work, or hanging out in a lush, green-filled park, which would you pick? I'm just going to take a wild guess and go with the latter, because let's be real: Most of us wish we could be outside way more often than we actually are.
But since hiking mountains doesn't pay the bills for most people, we have to take little snippets of green where we can. And fortunately, there are more ways than ever to make that happen. Whether you choose all-natural beauty products, pack a veggie-heavy lunch using tree-patterned, eco-friendly bags, wear nature-inspired jewelry, or whatever else, following the tips below will help you weave nature vibes into your daily life—no matter where you actually are.
1. Apply Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm for a quick burst of nature that'll stay with you for hours. ($3)
What better way to be reminded of nature than to apply a lip balm made with 100% natural ingredients? The original balm, which has a hint of peppermint oil, will leave your lips feeling refreshed and tingly. And the other flavors—pink grapefruit, pomegranate, vanilla bean, and strawberry—are equally nature-inspired. No matter which flavor you choose, the balm is super moisturizing and hydrating, so it'll stay with you long after you apply—especially helpful if you get sucked into screenland and need a reminder of the great outdoors.
2. Pack your lunch in these LunchSkins Green Tree Sandwich Bags that remind you of our beautiful planet, and help you save it, too. ($8)
Say goodbye to the days of sad desk lunches with these cute, reusable, dishwasher-safe bags that are a visual reminder of Mother Nature. But they honor her in another way, too: Using one of them replaces 500 plastic bags in its lifetime. Just be sure nobody steals it from the company fridge.
3. Actually keep your veggies fresh by using these Food52 Fresh Vegetable Storage Bags. ($38-60)
It's happened to all of us: You buy a ton of vegetables on Sunday with grand dreams of healthy stir-fries and roasted sheet pan dinners, but work and life get in the way, leading to a sad soggy mess in your fridge. Womp. You won't produce that waste as easily, though, if you use these 100-percent organic cotton bags. To use them, simply dampen the bag, fill it with your produce, and pop it in the crisper drawer. Your vegetables will stay fresh for a week or more—all you have to do is mist the bag with more water if it dries out.
4. Create your own indoor herb garden with this Uncommon Goods GrowBottle. ($36)
Even if you live don't have room for your own garden, eating at a farm-to-table restaurant isn't the only way to eat farm-to-table. There is a middle ground, and it can be found in this hydrogarden. Each pot is actually a re-purposed wine bottle—which makes it all the more eco-friendly. You get to pick your herbs — choose from organic basil, chive, oregano, parsley, and mint — and then you'll have fresh ones year-round to cook with and make your kitchen smell fab.
5. Hang this Williams Sonoma Herbal Swag to make the inside of your home smell like the great outdoors. ($40)
The best part about this beautiful dried herb situation is that you could just display it on your wall and leave it at that. Or you can take it to the next level and actually pick the sprigs of (herbicide- and pesticide-free!) preserved lavender, oregano, sage, and rosemary to make tea or enhance the flavors of dinner. Either way, you're in for a treat.