15 Green Indoor Projects
Earth friendly project ideas + resources you can do indoors
With the cold weather arriving, many of us will be spending less time outdoors and more time indoors -
Take advantage of your time indoors — and still have a positive impact outdoors, helping nature and the environment.
Below are 15 Earth friendly project ideas + resources to help get you started…
1. Calculate your household carbon footprint
Low Impact ™ Living has great resources and tools to help you find the right environmental information to meet your individual needs including a household environmental calculator that shows the energy, water, wastewater, trash, and stormwater runoff footprints of your home and lifestyle.
2. Audit your home energy use
Home Energy Saver ™ is a tool to audit your home energy use – save money and the environment at the same time!
3. Discover locally grown food in your area
Local Harvest is a great resource to find organic and sustainably grown food that is grown locally in your region.
More local food resources:
4. Find farmers markets, including winter markets, in your area
The USDA provides a search engine to find information about U.S. farmers markets; locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment.
5. Learn more about the food / products you eat & use everyday
At the GoodGuide, find healthy, green and socially responsible products. Search or browse over 175,000 food, toys, personal care, & household products to easily learn about the best and worst products in each category.
6. Start an indoor herb garden
Growing herbs indoors will not only improve air quality in your home, but will also provide fresh, organic seasoning for your cooking. The West Virginia University Extension Service provides excellent information on herbs including indoor herb gardening and how to dry & store herbs.
7. Cook a delicious, healthy meal
Organic Authority has a huge selection of healthy recipes organized by category. Also, be sure to check out the rest of their website, which has a wealth of information on organic food.
More healthy & organic cooking resources:
8. Clean out your clutter and recycle it
Earth911 has the most up-to-date and accurate Recycling Directory with information on how and where to recycle over 300 different materials.
9. Rid your home of toxins
WebMD offers tips to make your home safer and healthier including interactive illustrations for each room in your house.
10. Enjoy a DIY project or craft
HGTV’s DIY Network has endless resources for DIY projects from home improvement to crafts. The website has a project finder so that you can easily find exactly what you want to work on.
Follow our DIY Projects on Pinterest for more DIY project ideas and inspiration.
11. Plan and design next year’s garden
Both smallblueprinter and BHG have free versions of garden planners to help with designing your garden and landscape.
Need help with choosing plants? These websites offer extensive information on native plants & native plant nurseries in your area.
12. Stay in touch with nature
Join Project Noah and download their app… an award-winning software platform designed to help people reconnect with the natural world. Explore local wildlife and share your own encounters.
13. Get your holiday shopping done early
These online merchants offer Earth friendly gifts and gift ideas.
14. Learn about current issues affecting our environment
The Union of Concerned Scientists is a science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.
More places to get information on current environmental issues:
15. Relax and read a great… blog!
Our recommended reading- informative green blogs for gardeners, nature lovers and green thinkers… Of course, be sure to continue reading network-green as well!