Do-it-yourself (DIY) is a term used for projects you make by hand. The trend shifts away from mass-produced products and personal care items, many of which are extremely toxic. But the skills you gain when you start a DIY lifestyle are well worth your time.
Why DIY? The benefits may surprise you. Here are five reasons to move toward a DIY lifestyle and make your own products.
1. Boost Your Emotional Wellbeing
Among the many reasons for DIY, the main benefit is that DIY makes people feel good. Creating just about anything awards you with a sense of accomplishment. As you personalize the things you used to buy, you discover your personal preferences. Your pride builds the more projects you complete. More importantly, you set a goal and actively work to achieve it.
The finished product is yours and yours alone. You stand out from the crowd, learn new skills, and mindfully problem solve to complete the task at hand — which all leads to a healthy mind, body, and soul. This is how you build happiness and an overall sense of wellbeing.
2. Connect with Other People
People love to bond over a shared activity.
DIY projects bring people together in many ways. You can make friends who share your love of DIY online, create craft date nights with your partner, or involve your children in DIY projects. Can you imagine a better way to keep your kids busy and teach them a constructive, sustainable skill?
No matter who you choose to bring in, you will feel closer after completing a project together.
3. Newfound Confidence
When the Coronavirus hit, grocery stores quickly sold out of produce and cleaning basics like bleach. But DIY-ers are less likely to freak out amid a life uncertainty because they rely less on products in a store (or other people). The DIY lifestyle allows you to live more sustainably, and the confidence that comes with this freedom is exhilarating.
The longer you make your own cleaning and personal care products, the confidence you gain helps you become more motivated. The mindset transfers to other areas of your life too. You might, for example, sell the products you make.
You appreciate the things you have more. A great understanding of how the world works and how things are made plays out in your head. This is when people realize how challenging and time-consuming DIY can become. You start to pay more attention to what you buy and appreciate the craftsmanship.
The connection keeps you focused. You not only stay occupied and creative, but you are also working toward something much larger than yourself.
4. Preserve the Environment
DIY projects often involve two things: recycling and upcycling.
Both options are excellent for the environment. You can move toward a sustainable lifestyle by learning how to make reusable napkins from old shirts or cut out your plastic waste by making anything you used to buy in a bottle. Your home will waste less and you get more from what you own.
If you want to live a green life, you may also move away from chemicals and dangerous toxins. These harmful ingredients are currently in most store-bought products, especially cleaning needs. Spraying fewer chemicals in the air helps the environment.
Making personal care products like soaps also help the environment by reducing the amount of palm oil purchased every year (the main contributor to the reduction of the Amazon and other rainforests).
What do you already have around the house that you could use again? Create and re-use the things you need to reduce harmful plastic, exposure to chemicals, and cut back on all types of waste.
5. Save Money
For many people, DIY is a method of saving money. Doing things yourself saves cash compared to buying a pre-made product because you’re essentially paying someone else to do the work when you buy from a store.
Making my homemade liquid laundry detergent, for example, saves me about half of what I spent on laundry in the past. A load of laundry now costs me around $0.24 per load. The cheapest commercial product on the market costs at least six cents more by comparison.
Another major point is that DIY is a more sustainable lifestyle. The things you do spend money on, like a wooden spoon, for example, lasts much longer than a plastic spork. Many DIY projects also include upcycling or recycling things for another purpose, which keeps you from buying more and more over time.
Even if you don’t (or can’t) complete the entire project yourself, complete the prep work. Busy tasks and prep work are often the easiest and most time-consuming parts of a project. Therefore, you save more money by tackling these tasks yourself.
Listen to the People Over the Polluters
DIY and eco-friendly trends are not going anywhere. People around the globe are pushing toward an eco-friendly, more sustainable lifestyle.
A 2017 report shows that 100 companies are the source of over 70% of the worldwide greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. Big companies continue to pollute because they don’t care about the future. They save money and cut corners by using chemicals and toxins. Large corporations even have their hands in politics to influence the laws concerning their business.
But we have to govern ourselves responsibly. We must save the environment.
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