One Woman’s Love Of Plants Will Inspire You To Redecorate

“What’s great about them is they don’t talk back”

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To the delight of hundreds of thousands of intrigued readers, we recently shared NASA’s list of the best terrestrial plants for purifying the air in your home. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually fill your urban dwelling with natural air filters?

One environmental activist and model, Summer Rayne Oakes, did just that. Thanks to 500 thriving indoor plants, her small New York City apartment is a green oasis in a city of steel and cement. In a video Barcroft TV recently released on YouTube, Oakes explains how her obsession with plants began and eventually took over her home, saying of the overall effect, “When people come into the house, I like this element of feeling like they’re walking through a forest. My friends always get whacked in the face with a branch, but I was like, that’s the point. You’re walking through a forest.”

According to Oakes, it all started with a fiddle-leaf fig tree, a plant that, over time, can grow to be enormous outdoors but can provide a dramatic element of green to an indoor space as well. With a closet turned grow garden for herbs, pineapples, and sweet potatoes, Oakes exemplifies the modern-day green thumb, but with a name like Summer Rayne, are we really that surprised?

What’s more surprising is that Oakes only spends about 30 minutes a day taking care of her massive plant collection—not bad considering you’re only one episode of South Park away from cleansing the air and greening your space. Even if the vast majority of us aren’t about to go buy a whole nursery worth of plants to populate our living room, Oakes’ lifestyle suggests we might all benefit from a little more greenery in our lives. “What’s great about them,” she adds, “is they don’t talk back.” Now that’s an ideal roommate.

Watch the video above to see the botanical haven for yourself and don’t be shocked if you’re inspired to start cultivating your own indoor jungle.

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She was there to promote "The Book of Gutsy Women," a book about heroic women co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

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Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

Cocostation Set of 2 Vietnamese Coconut Bowls and Spoons, $14.99; at Amazon

Solar powered phone charger


Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

Dizaul Solar Charger, 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank, $19.95; at Amazon, $19.95; at Amazon

Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

Planter Pro's Herb Garden Cedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazonedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazon

Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head


Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor


Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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