Going green is a goal many of us have, but when you start to research ways you can go green, you may find yourself frustrated as an apartment dweller. You won’t have the freedom to upgrade your appliances or swap out your faucets or toilet for low-flow options when you’re renting. Yet that doesn’t mean you can’t “go green” in your own way. Here are some tips to help you embrace green living even while living in a new modern apartment.
- Grow Your Own Food
You don’t have to have a huge yard to have a food garden. If you have a windowsill, balcony or porch that gets 6-8 hours of sun, you can grow a garden. Use vertical planters to make the most out of your space, and choose plants that don’t need a lot of room to expand. If you don’t have room for plants, you can grow herbs in very little space at all!
- Do Your Own Compost
You can make a compost bin in an apartment, and use it to create rich compost for your container garden on your porch or patio. Reduce your waste by putting your plant-based food scraps into the compost bin, and enjoy the fruits of your labors with plants that grow well and produce abundantly. If you have too much compost, consider asking if any of your fellow apartment dwellers need it for their gardens, or donate it to a school or community garden.
- Upgrade Your Showerhead
You may not be able to swap out your faucets, but you can probably upgrade your shower head. Add a water-saving showerhead, and you will cut down significantly on your water usage. The savings from this switch are significant. Taking just a 10-minute shower can use up to 190 liters of water, and you can cut this amount in half with a low-flow showerhead.
- Use the Right Furniture
Your furniture can actually be a “green” addition to your home. Choose furniture made from sustainable materials, and opt for an organic mattress that’s not filled with fire-retardant chemicals. Organic cotton and all-natural wool are good materials to look for, and you may also be able to find furniture made from recycled plastics! Or, if you can’t find green furniture, re-purpose something by shopping used or restoring something found in the garbage heap.
As you can see, there are many ways to “go green” while living in an apartment. Take some of these to heart, and do your part to make the world a greener place for tomorrow.