The Indoor Generation

I just saw this short film on YouTube. Of course, it is there to sell Velux windows (which are excellent, by the way), but it really made me think and also made me sad.

There are so many households where they spend most of their time indoors. They use scented candles, wax melts and plug-in ‘air fresheners’. I get a headache as soon as I step inside these homes. Windows are rarely open. Clothes are dried in tumble dryers (or worse, draped over radiators) all year round. They close curtains and blinds to block out any sunshine, but then sit in front of screens – late into the night.

Homes get mouldy and damp from lack of air circulation, and just having far too much ‘stuff’ piled up everywhere.

Children and adults are getting more asthma, allergies. mental health problems, obesity etc.

People go through most of their lives without getting physically tired. without exercising/working until they sweat.

Their cupboards are full of plastic, chemicals and processed food.

I hope this will change, but there are so many people who do not watch the news or read a newspaper. They have no idea of what is going on around them. Perhaps their children will learn at school and come home to pester them about eating more healthily, getting outside to exercise …. However, perhaps many of these children will just join in with the sitting on a sofa staring at a screen, blocking out the real world and having no empathy for our planet.

Watch the film, and think about the small (or big) changes you could make today. Go and open the windows in your kids’ bedrooms, even if just for 5 minutes. Unplug those air fresheners. Use a damp cloth to dust (no need for a cleaning product). Walk to the shop. Get on your bike. Reduce the amount of time you spend in front of more than one screen (ie if you are watching tv, then put down the phone or tablet).

I will do another blog post soon with some simple changes you can make to how you clean and organise your home.

Would love to hear about what you are doing, and what you thought about the film.

Comment below.

Ali x