We hear more and more that it is important to live a lifestyle that is as green and as sustainable as possible. While we know that being eco-friendly is important it can also seem to be an overwhelming task to convert to such a lifestyle or simply too expensive. Others think that their options are extremely limited because they live in an apartment, so why bother? There are several simple ways though that you can begin your green lifestyle that won’t break the bank or drastically change your routine. With Earth Day coming up this month, there is no better time to create a more sustainable home and lifestyle for yourself.
You have had it on your list of things to do forever. The time has come to switch to CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs and not only make your home greener but save some money on your electric bill! The reason the traditional bulbs are not so eco-friendly is that they use a lot of energy to light and release carbon dioxide and heat when they burn. These CFL bulbs may cost more upfront but they will save you money in the long run. The bulbs last much longer, 5 times longer actually, than the regular incandescent bulbs and the prices on them are continuously coming down to make the initial cost a little less of a burden on your wallet.
Save the environment and some money by using natural ingredients to make your own household cleaners. Items such as baking soda and white vinegar are very effective and very affordable. Many store-bought cleaners contain chemicals that are not only harmful to the Earth but to your body as well.
Plants are an easy way to literally go green! All kinds of air pollutants get trapped in your home causing you to feel ill. Some cause annoyances headaches and dizziness while other pollutants can be far more dangerous. Spruce up your decor with some air cleaning plants such as aloe vera, spider plants, snake plants and more!
Plants are a great addition to any home and tend to have a positive effect on people psychologically as well as physically. Another fun and eco-friendly thing to try is growing your own produce! Organic food, while very healthy can tend to become very pricey. Why not try your hand at gardening? Food is always tastier when it is homegrown and you may find yourself loving a new hobby!
Did you know that a lot of pollution comes from eating meat? The raising of livestock takes up a large amount of the Earth’s surface and also increases greenhouse gases. The farming industry also needs to use a lot of resources to produce meat such as water and grain to feed the livestock or fuel to transport the product around the country. By reducing your meat intake you are also reducing your carbon footprint and adding a little variety to your diet. While there is no need to go completely vegetarian there certainly are many health benefits to increasing your vegetable intake and reducing your meat intake.
We saved the easiest one for last. Everyone wants to reduce waste and clutter in their home and there are many ways to do it. Here are a few suggestions to help get you started:
- Use a cloth instead of paper towels when cleaning.
- Unsubscribe to junk mail – No one wants it anyway!
- Plan out your grocery shopping to reduce your amount of food waste.
- Stop using straws.
- Use a canvas bag instead of plastic.
- Buy a water filter and refill your own bottle instead of buying bottled water.
There are many other ways you can make your apartment and life greener that don’t have to be major changes. Start small and before you know it many of these changes will become routine.