Food & Garden
8 Sustainable Outdoor Activities To Do This Season
As opposed to wasting days on social media and becoming overcome by all the news of today, I am sharing several ways we can take action to become more connected to nature whilst having a positive effect on the sustainability of our planet. Bringing our focus to what we can control is imperative to moving through the climate crisis with grace as well as the right energy to make positive changes. I hope these activities inspire and educate!
Gemma, REV Creative Editor
I believe that one of the best ways to get in touch with nature sustainably is by going foraging. Find a local community garden, sustainable restaurant or foraging group and you will find yourself learning so much, meeting new people and potentially eating some delicious plants, herbs or fungi that you find!
We are always taking inspiration from people like Tonya Papanikolov from @rainbomushrooms and brands like Wunder Workshop and FLVC, who use the magical power of foraged plants to heal us. Remember to look out for the plants in season and don’t collect more than you need for yourself and those you are hosting!
At REV we are always striving to learn more about sustainable gardening as a whole but there are so many types and names like biodynamic, regenerative, etc, it can get overwhelming. We suggest starting simply with understanding the concept of organic gardening and beginning to plant your own seeds.
For gardening inspiration our go-to is always @charlesdowding! Who specialises in no-dig sustainable gardening. And we are sharing Maison Made skincare for the perfect pre-gardening prep for the skin, ready for the elements. 100% bioactive and biodynamic, Maison Made skincare is a highly nourishing elixir of plant extracts!
This is perhaps an unexpected one but we all know how important bees are to our ecosystem. Although there could be a lot of resistance at the beginning or some may not even consider it, taking a beekeeping course or doing a day workshop will help you not only get out of your comfort zone but will expand your knowledge of the natural world. If you are always wanting to know and experience more about nature, this could be the perfect opportunity to do so. Who knows, you may even become inspired to start beekeeping yourself!
Below we have our favourite organic mānuka honey lipsticks from Madame Gabriela. Their family of beekeepers are based in a remote corner of New Zealand’s North Island where the native mānuka plant resides!
This is a very simple but very rewarding one. If you live near a beach or have easy access to one, all you need to do is grab a bag and a friend, and head down. One of our favourite brands that supports clean beaches is our very own Factor Bermuda! Their collection is made from a luxurious Italian lycra using ECONYL®, a yarn derived from rescued ocean plastics!
Whilst we don’t expect you to turn your litter collection into beautiful swimwear, look for a responsible recycling centre to deposit everything you found!
One way to appreciate nature is to go hiking. Staying fit and healthy whilst covering the most scenic parts of our planet can open your eyes to what’s out there and rekindle our connection to real life vs whatever distortions we absorb on the internet. It’s a great first step to getting back out there since you can hike as far and as difficult routes as you like depending on your capability and interest.
We love seeing the way Johanna from @in.aurea appreciates nature in a slow and mindful way. The perfect way to prep for a hike would be by taking Sanbera’s reload supplements to give you an extra boost before starting especially if you’re new to hiking and need a head start!
Another beautiful way to spend more time outside whilst being sustainable is by having picnics. As there is nothing you need to do other than find a pretty view and set up some delicious food and drink with a friend or family member, this is an easy way to enjoy the season and seek out new picnic spots to appreciate nature. If you take some homemade food made using local farmers market produce, even better!
Take an OEKO-TEX certified wool blanket from Forestry Wool and put on an airy Loup Charmant dress and you’re ready to picnic, looking sustainably chic!
Visit A Local Farmers Market
If growing your own plants or foraging isn’t something possible or of interest to you, why not visit a local farmers market to collect some produce instead. If you have a farmers market local to you, this is a way of doing an outside activity whilst getting your grocery shopping done sustainably!
We recently spoke to the founder of @sitopiafarm on regenerative farming, in which Chloë discusses why and how to support farmers markets!
Grow Your Own Cut Flowers
Last of all, suggested by our co-founder, @corahilts, is growing your own flowers to display at home. In between looking after her new puppy, Cora has been learning more about sustainable gardening as a whole whilst beginning to plant her own flowers. Flowers surprisingly, are incredibly unsustainable, the power it takes to grow flowers in artificial settings and the flown half way across the world can be highly burdening when it comes to carbon emissions. Not to mention the pesticides and chemicals used on these traditionally grown flowers, you wouldn’t want to smell those!
Planting flowers seasonally and harvesting at home is a sure way to know how your flowers are being treated and you can have an endless supply! Florence Kennedy from sustainable flower farm @petalonflowers talks about this in our recent interview with her! We have also included Be Here Farm + Nature skincare to represent what high energy flower and plant extracts can do to the body in wonderful ways!