So you’ve made the decision to go green to reduce your carbon footprint. Good for you (and all of us really)! Lifestyle changes like this can be a bit of a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be jarring. We put together this guide with some eco-friendly apartment living tips to help you with the change.

Waste Not Want Not

Did you know that in the United States, food waste is estimated to be around 30-40% of the food supply? It’s also estimated that on average, Americans waste 1 pound of food per day, or 150,000 tons per day. When grocery shopping, be sure to only purchase what you know you’ll actually eat and be sure to use all of your groceries. It’s easy to get seduced by all of the deliciousness as you go up and down the aisles of the supermarket and buy more than what you need. Not only will you reduce your food waste, but your wallet will thank you for it.

Cut Down On Plastics

This is especially so with water bottles. Humans on average, buy 1 million plastic bottles per minute, and as a whole, 91% of all plastics are not even recycled! Investing in a quality water filter and reusable bottles will not only help the environment but will help you avoid harmful chemicals found in some plastics and will save you a surprising amount of money in the long-run.

Recycle Recycle Recycle

Maybe this one seems obvious (it is), but it’s certainly worth mentioning. While the vast majority of Americans support recycling, in practice, only 34.8% actually recycle. Lead by example and recycle everything you can. Most apartment complexes have designated bins or pickups for different types of recyclable items, so be sure to check with your leasing office for details.

Use Reusable Bags When Shopping

Americans use 100 billion plastic bags per year with the average American household taking home 1,500 plastic bags per year. It takes 500 or more years for plastic to degrade in a landfill, and even then, plastic bags won’t break down completely, eventually turning into harmful microplastics. Considering that it’s estimated that only 1% of plastic bags are recycled, this issue can’t be overstated.

Use Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs

Not only do these light bulbs typically use less electricity and last longer, but you’ll also save on your electric bill. It’s a win-win for both you and the planet we call home. Look for energy-efficient lightbulbs such as LEDs, which use 25-80% less energy than incandescent bulbs that have been used traditionally. You’d be surprised just how much you’d save per year on your energy bills.

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