Biophilia: How to Bring More Green Into Your Life
If you haven't heard about biophilia, its okay. Originally, we only knew it as a fantastic Bjork album. However, biophilia is much more than that and we dare to say the Icelandic songstress was able to retrieve endless inspiration from this concept for her music. Who wouldn't though? Biophilia, whether you know it or not, is something we all need. It is something we needed especially when Covid hit the globe. And thats exactly when it found me. I had retreated indoors, like so many others and I tried to find ways to incorporate plants into my life without my LAPC classes anymore and without going outside as much. To be honest, reading about biophilia and seeing how I could incorporate it into my life without stepping outside became sort of a challenge for me. So, here we are. L.A. Plant Club is here to give you five easy ways to live a more biophilic life, tell you exactly what it is, and what we did to incorporate it into our daily practices.
What Is Biophilia?
Biophilia is the human instinct and desire to connect with nature or life. It is the innate tendency to seek connections with nature even when unable. When you break it into smaller pieces, “Biophilia” is a Latin term that was coined by the late social psychologist - Erich Fromm. “Bio” meaning life, and “philia” meaning to love. Fromm proposed that humans have deep affiliations with nature that stem from our biology. This is a reason why conservationists try to reestablish humans with nature, since many believe our disconnect with it has had disastrous effects not only on the environment but on human genetics.
Here are a few ways you can connect to nature:
- Maximize natural light
Have you ever caught yourself in an energetic or positive mood on a bright and sunny day? The weather and sunlight likely helped with that. It's known that exposure to natural light helps increase productivity. Do your best to maximize the natural light in your environment. Clear up any light obstructions and open those window curtains!
Some people go as far as buying lamps that stimulate natural light. Make sure that you choose a lighting system that mimics our circadian rhythm. Doing so helps connect you to the outdoor environment and keeps your sleep cycle on track!
- Wear Plants
Now, we’re not telling you to go ahead and put on a grass skirt or wear a shirt made out of flower petals. Although, we’re not stopping you either. But, likely, you're already wearing plant-based materials without even knowing it. Some fantastic and popular plant-based fabrics include:
- Organic Cotton- Eco-friendly!
- Linen - Vegan!
- Lyocell - Made from wood!
- Some Rayon materials…
So, take the time to read clothing labels to find plant-based materials. Notice the difference in texture and durability. When you take the time to notice these details, you’re choosing to connect with its source.
- Use Natural Oils
Naturally-derived oils are a primary ingredient for skincare, fragrance, and health products. Some famous examples include Lavender, Camomile, Teatree, Castor, and coconut oils. There’s probably a floor-length list containing all the uses of naturally-derived oils. Some of those benefits include:
- Reduce stress & relaxation
- Treat fungal infections
- Treat Insomnia
Plant-based oils can also act as:
- Cooking oils
- Makeup removers
There are multi-purpose benefits to using naturally-derived oils. Thus, it’s worth taking the time to research the different oils and their benefits. Do this before you buy it in a bulk amount. Try out smaller sizes or sample packs to narrow down the best oils for you and your body.
- Add Nature-themed Art, furniture or decor to your space
This is what we tried to focus on during quarantine. We dove into making moss frame walls and even came up with the idea of starting our moss frame class. It can be as simple as putting up more framed photographs of flowers or more intricate like a beautiful moss panel. If you’re not sure about where to begin, try Pinterest! It's easy.
First, create or log on to your Pinterest account. Second, go to the search bar and search for terms like “nature decor” or “nature-inspired decor.” Third, spend a little bit of time combing through search results to get ideas and inspiration. Finally, "pin" your inspirations in nature/biophilia board so you can reference them later.
- Furniture/Art/Decor made from barn wood or reclaimed wood
- Wicker chairs, baskets, or mats
- Potted Plants and Kokedama plants
- DIY Plant Hangers
- Go Outside
Go for a walk to your nearest park, forest, lake, or beach- go outside! This seems like a simple and obvious one, but we know it’s the most important way to live a biophilic life.
It’s no secret that incorporating daily exercise is beneficial for long-term health. So make it a 2-for-1 deal as you bond with mother nature. So go for a walk, admire your surroundings and breathe in the fresh air. Make it a 3-for-1 deal by substituting walking or cycling for your short commutes. It will do serious good for your mind, body, and wallet!
6.BONUS: Take a Gardening or Plant Class
If you’re still unsure about where to start, we encourage you to enroll in a gardening class or a related activity. It’s a great way to learn through hands-on experience and connect with your community. LA Plant Club offers unique outdoor activities like Kokedama and Moss Wall classes. You can learn with beginners and receive guidance from a veteran ‘biophiliac’ in Los Angeles.
So that’s six ways you can easily incorporate biophilia into your day-to-day life. They’re beautiful ways to connect to the earth. We hope it helps you build a happier, healthier, and more productive life. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or time to do any of these. Try them out, and let us know about your experience! We would love to hear about it.