Living a More Sustainable Life in Your Apartment

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As an Osgoode Properties resident, your carbon footprint may be smaller than most, but there are still so many ways you can contribute towards a “greener” way of life. Sustainable living calls on people to minimize their use of Earth’s resources and reduce the damaging interactions humans have on the environment in order to help protect the planet. Even at an individual level, we can all make positive changes to help counteract climate change and other environmental concerns. 

Here are a few simple things you can do to help the environment, and beautify your space at the same time:

Grow Your Own Apartment Garden

There are lots of benefits to having an apartment garden, but at the root of it, plants make us happier and healthier! Here’s how:

  • Cleaner air: plants create oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, but did you know that some plants also purify the air? This is great news for your individual space!
  • Lessens the negative impact of food production: having your own mini garden can reduce food waste and in turn, greenhouse gases, as well as pollution caused by shipping.
  • Connects you to nature: bring nature into your home gives off a positive vibe and can have calming effects. There’s actually science supporting that plants can increase productivity, creativity, cognitive performance and can help with memory retention.

This article, “Apartment Gardening: A Beginners Guide For A Plant Paradise” is a great resource if want to try and grow your own apartment garden.

Photo from Juliana Apartments

Look Into Eco-Lighting Options

Table lamps, floor lamps, wall lamps, work lamps – these accessory décor items are decorative ways to add flare to your apartment but can also help you to conserve energy! There is a huge selection of aesthetically-pleasing LED bulbs available now and all kinds of ambient light options that don’t involve electricity at all. 

Look into decorative lighting with dimmer options. Not only do modern light dimmers save you even more energy, but they also extend the life of your light bulbs and of course, are super important for setting the right mood in your space.

Conserve Water

Did you know water comes out of the average faucet at approximately 11 liters per minute?

If you feel like your shower head could use a change, swap it for an efficient one. There are lots of beautiful and functional options available, so you can upgrade your shower without sacrificing water pressure. Just look how sleek this shower head is: Methven Aio Handheld Shower Head. This is an instant update for a win-win compromise! And just like with your light bulbs, save the original shower head, and swap it back when it’s time to move.

There are other things that you can do to conserve water, like turning off the tap while brushing your teeth! These small changes make a huge difference, so check out these 10 ways to conserve water!

Whenever You Can, Shop Local

Apartment living means you’re more walkable and closer to amenities. Shopping local lowers your environmental impact and is an investment in your community – super bonus!

One of the key reasons we recommend shopping locally is that it requires less transportation, reducing your environmental impact. When more people start walking, other businesses tend to set up shop which generally creates less sprawl and benefits the entire neighbourhood, making it more walkable. 

We love (and support) our city! Shopping local helps to create and shape our community. City streets that are filled with unique and vibrant shops will create a more appealing aesthetic that is great for the locals, tourists, AND the environment. Want to see more? Restaurants, shopping, exhibits and more, Ottawa Tourism always has the best ideas on “What to see and do” so you too can support local events and shops all year long!

Photo by @downtownbank

We know that changing the world won’t happen overnight but with just a few small changes, each one of us can make a difference. There are no shortage of tips and tricks in this digital era – there’s a wealth of knowledge available at your fingertips to help you live your most sustainable life, even in your apartment. 

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