As the world continues to move at a faster pace, more and more people are now taking apartment living into consideration rather than buying a home. Aside from its accessibility in an urban setting, tinier spaces are much easier to maintain. But on the flip side, people finding more ways to live a convenient lifestyle loom large in worsening environmental problems. With that being said, here are just some tips to consider to go green while living in an apartment:
Choose a great location.
If you’re just starting to look for an apartment, consider picking one that’s near essential establishments like hospitals and supermarkets. If you’re an employee, choose one that’s only walking distance away from your workplace. This way, driving or hailing a cab will never be an option—a humble step towards a healthy environment.
Mind every drop of water.
Most people are unaware of just how much water gets wasted every day. Instead of simply flushing the toilet, you can collect bathwater and use it as an alternative. You can also re-use water from washing fruits and vegetables to water your plants.
Conserving water does more than save you money. It also helps in sustaining our environment by reducing the amount of water diverted from rivers and bays. Less water waste also means a lesser amount of energy put into wastewater treatment efforts.
Use appliances wisely.
Just like water, the increase in the demand for electricity consumption poses a huge threat to environmental conservation. The higher the electricity demand, the more power plants are needed to be built to produce enough energy.
Appliances like flatiron and washer and dryer consume great electricity that’s why it’s more practical to dedicate just one day for laundry and ironing. Unplugging unused appliances is also an easy way to cut back energy consumption.
Another way to reduce energy consumption is by taking advantage of your apartment’s openings such as windows and patio doors. Using blinds or thin, light-colored curtains would allow natural light to pass through your room. This alone could be a good alternative source of light during the day.
Reduce your screen time.
Binge-watching your favorite shows and movies also mean long hours of power consumption throughout the day. While your watchlist could wait, there are lots of eco-friendly activities you may consider doing during your leisure time. You can read a book, start knitting a sweater, run a lap, learn how to play guitar, practice calligraphy—there are just so many ways to unplug while being productive.
Be more sustainable
Plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems that the world is facing today. While it is true that single-use plastics are more affordable and convenient to use, the fact that marine life bears the burden of pullulating plastic wastes in the oceans is also something to consider.
It may be impossible for the world to completely ban the production of plastics in a snap, but lessening the amount of plastic consumption is very essential. Start trying to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle at home and buy more sustainable products. A little initiative can go a long way to save the environment.
Use second-hand products.
Consumerism plays a huge role in the worsening problem of pollution in the world. The more people buy, the more businesses produce—which yields more wastes in the future. If you plan on buying something, consider availing second-hand products. You can find joy in thrifting clothes, buying surplus furniture and appliances, or even joining barter groups online.
Aside from buying pre-loved items, you can simply recycle things that you can find within your apartment. Before discarding used jars, bottles, cartons, and cans, you can be crafty and make DIY projects out of these items. Biodegradable wastes like dried flowers and fruit peelings can also be used to make organic soaps and candles. Apart from recycling scraps, you can repurpose old furniture too instead of buying new ones. Always make the most out of the things you buy!
Start urban gardening.
Decorating interiors with indoor plants has been very popular among apartment owners these days. Having these within your tiny home is great, but it can only do much as to purify the air you breathe. Level up your mini garden and grow more sustainable indoor plants that bear fruits and vegetables. At the same time, start composting instead of using chemical fertilizers in growing plants.
Suit yourself with homemade cooking.
The hustle and bustle of living in the city have made drive-thrus and food delivery services essential in the metropolitan lifestyle. Food preparation and transportation contribute to increasing the carbon footprint on the planet. Learning how to cook healthy breakfast recipes at home instead of grabbing carry-out meals can lessen your carbon footprint.
Encourage others to go green as well.
Collective effort makes a greater impact. Influence your friends, co-workers, family members, or even your neighbors to go green as well. Join or establish eco-friendly groups online and participate in discussions about sustainable living.
Going green may seem very challenging as it requires a lot of effort—stripping away convenience by making more sustainable choices. Shifting in this kind of lifestyle doesn’t have to be done overnight though! You can start at home by slowly incorporating these eco-friendly practices. We humans take too much from the environment. The least we can do is to take care of it. It is our home after all.