5 Ways to Make your Apartment More Sustainable-And Save Money
November 16, 2021
The global issues of climate change and environmental sustainability are a major focus here at The Edmund. We do our part by providing energy-efficient appliances and designing our living spaces with ample natural light. As individuals, we realize that small, intentional changes can have a huge impact on our planet’s health. To help you live more sustainably, we have come up with a few ways that you can “green up” your apartment and do your small part at home.
Shop Vintage and Homemade
Shopping vintage is a great way to recycle and do your part to cut down on mass production. There are dozens of vintage shops within a few miles of The Edmund. And shopping vintage isn’t just good for the planet, it’s good for the look of your apartment. Vintage shops or personalized shops, like Etsy stores, allow you to add fun, one-of-a-kind conversation pieces to your apartment that you can guarantee your friends won’t have.
Look in your Garbage
You might be thinking, “Gross,” but this is one of the simplest, most effective green changes you can make. Take a look at what is in your garbage can, pick one thing, and find an alternative for it. A basic example of this is water bottles. If you are still using plastic water bottles, replace them with re-usable water bottles. Try to replace a different object each week, and the impacts will be huge.
While you’re looking in your garbage, it also makes sense to consider how much of what you’re sending to the landfill could actually be composted. Items like coffee grounds, banana peels, and vegetable skins are some of the most common compostable items. You can now shop through pages of stylish, yet effective, table-top composters that can reduce your addition to the landfill.
Try to practice “environmental mindfulness” and think of the basics in every aspect of your life. Turn the water off when brushing your teeth, turn the lights off when you leave the house, use a blanket before turning up the heat. Another simple, yet easy, way to conserve energy is to make sure you are using LED lightbulbs. LEDs use about half the energy of traditional CFL lightbulbs and last at least 4 times as long.
Houseplants not only look great and freshen up your space, but they actually improve air quality. The snake plant, for example, is extremely stylish and was named as one of the top air-purifying plants by NASA’s clean air study. Fresh, potted herbs also help in the kitchen and eliminate the need to buy herbs for specific meals. You can also use your counter-top compost to make sure these plants and herbs flourish.
Make sure to check out our next blog when we focus more on the benefits of houseplants in your apartment.Back to blog