Living in an apartment or a house in the city, it can seem hard to live a sustainable lifestyle. Do not fall for that lie, it is completely possible to embark on a journey of urban sustainable living.
A sustainable lifestyle is one where a person attempts to reduce their impact on the world, where they try to reduce their use of natural resources, and leave a minimal carbon footprint.
Living in the city it might seem harder to lead this sort of sustainable urban lifestyle, but in reality, no matter where you live, you can have a positive difference. Honestly in an urban environment it is easy to have a positive impact on the world, because your daily habits can be positive without even thinking about it. In the city you have easy access to public transportation, you have farmer’s markets, easy ability to walk to fulfill many of your needs. Doing things like that can impact the world, and make it a better place for the future generations.
Urban Sustainable Living Tips
- Every time you flush your toilet you are wasting water. Any easy way to conserve water is to place an upright glass jar (quart or pint) into the tank. The jar remains filed with water when flushed, thereby saving a pint to a quart of water.
- A water saving tip that requires very little effort is to place a bucket in your shower, the water collected can be used to water your house plants.
- Kill “phantom energy”. Electronics even when turned off use power. A tip to stop wasting energy is to plug your electronics into surge protectors, then turn them off when the electronics are not in use.
- Change your lightbulbs. Old style incandescent bulbs are not energy efficient, try switching out to CFL, LED or even halogen. Doing this will improve your home energy efficiency.
- Every time you go shopping, you should bring along your fabric shopping bags. Using fabric shopping bags will reduce the plastic bags that end up in landfills, and in the long-term, will result in less plastic bags being created.
- Compost what you can. You don’t need a large yard to compost properly, use a plastic bucket on your patio or balcony, and toss your food scraps in there, use the compost to feed your houseplants.
- Do you like coffee, tea, or water when going out? Bring your travel mug or glass container with you. This will reduce your reliance on disposable containers, and reduces landfill waste.
- Cut the junk mail, less paper being produced, less waste in the landfill. A simple way to do this is call the toll-free number: 888-5OPT OUT or 888-567-8688, and request that they take you off of their junk mail lists.
- For less paper use, sign up for paperless billing and pay the online. You know you have bills, there is no reason you need a monthly paper reminder.
These tips will help you in your journey to an urban sustainable living, which will reduce your negative impact on the world.
What are some tips you can think of?