Filling your apartment with plants is an easy way to decorate, but did you know that the right plants can also improve your health, mood, and productivity? According to a recent study from NASA, apartment plants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in just 24 hours!
Whether you have a cozy studio or a sprawling loft, here are the six best apartment plants for a greener, healthier life! Read the rest of this entry »
It’s easy to take the little things for granted. When’s the last time you paused everything for a song that really spoke to your soul, or went outside to just soak up some sunshine? It’s never too late to start truly living, and Earth Day is a great excuse to appreciate those not-so-hidden treasures once again.
Every April 22, we take a moment to appreciate all of the amazing things our planet provides for us (sunny days, beautiful flowers, coffee beans—the list is limitless!) and give back. So what are you going to do? Sure, you could go with a classic Earth Day activity: plant a tree or compost last night’s dinner scraps. But what if you could thank Mother Earth with something a little less messy and a little more long-term? Read the rest of this entry »
If you, like many, enjoy living and breathing in a place that can house all humans, you should probably be aware that April 22nd is Earth Day. Also, unless you want to move to Mars in a few years, we’re gonna need to take a little better care of this place we call home. Being a planet-saver doesn’t mean you have to make giant leaps for mankind; together, if we all make small ones, we can have a much larger impact. Take note from the tips below and radically reduce your carbon footprint with a few tiny changes. Read the rest of this entry »
On Earth Day, people around the world celebrate all the different ways they are taking care of this planet. Some are grand plans to conserve our natural resources. Other initiatives aim to help entire cities use less electricity and water. But we know that taking care of the earth starts in our homes. There are so many small ways that you can help better our environment on April 22nd this year – right from your apartment home or community.
Top Ways to Go Green
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With Earth Day right around the corner on April 22, we are reminded of how important it is to do our part to help the planet. Apartment residents are some of the most conscious individuals, reducing their waste, buying environmentally-friendly products, and getting involved with earth-friendly initiatives in their communities. However, residents are also extremely busy, juggling their professional and personal lives. Fortunately, we have found five quick and easy ways that you can help keep our planet the beautiful place that it is now.
- Recycle your receipts. The number one paper item that most people forget to recycle is receipts. Just think of how many receipts we all collect. If we were just to recycle just that one paper item, we would save thousands of trees.
- Grow your own food. Imagine what it would be like to pick a fresh, delicious tomato from the other side of your sliding glass door and use it on your salad that night. Plus, produce grown right on your balcony has a zero carbon footprint. The Tower Garden is the easiest growing system for apartment balconies that we have come across.
- Recycle your old electronics. For example, you can sell your old cell phones to www.greenphone.com for an average payout of $35. E-waste if one of the largest growing segments of landfill space creating a danger for the environment and your secure data.
- Recycle all your plastic wrapping. When you bring your plastic bags to your local grocery store to recycle, don’t forget to bring other plastic wrapping, such as the packaging that your paper goods are wrapped in when you purchase them, and used sandwich bags.
- Switch out your light bulbs. Save money and landfill space by switching all the bulbs in your apartment to Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs, which consume about 75 percent less electricity than standard light bulbs and last 10 times longer.
The best way an eco-friendly individual can help the environment is by finding an apartment community that is just as green as you are. With its online search feature, ApartmentSearch.com can help you find one of the many apartments that have recycling services, valet trash management, and other green programs. You could even earn $200 just for mentioning that you found your apartment using ApartmentSearch.com. Now that is sustainable for the environment and your wallet too.
As both Earth Day and Arbor Day approach, so too does warmer spring weather and the inspiration to get a little closer to nature. There’s no better time than this to act on your dream of bringing more nature and greenery into your home. Here are a few creative ideas to kick-start your homegrown green revolution:
- The most obvious place to start is with live plants and trees. Whether indoors or outdoors, take the time to visit a local florist or nursery and pick out some fresh spring florals. Plants like desert succulents are great for adding a pop of color to décor without breaking the bank or requiring a huge commitment to care. While some families may have a lush backyard with enough room to welcome a new tree – apartment living does not always afford the same option. Instead of making an investment in a large tree for the backyard, small bonsai trees or potted Meyer lemon trees can thrive indoors or on balconies.
- For those with less of a green thumb, there are plenty of natural accents that don’t require arduous upkeep. A centerpiece, for example, could be as simple as some bare branches in a modern vase or as lush as a tin pail filled to the brim with sumptuous greens and blossoming florals.
- You might feel inspired to revamp your décor altogether. A nature-inspired rustic theme could be a great way to incorporate more plants into your home sweet home. Ferns, a staple in rustic greenery, are hardy, easy to maintain plants that could stylishly reside in a vintage watering can or in old tin cans on the windowsill.
- Backyards and outdoor patios can always use a little love, too. Start by clearing the clutter from your outdoor space to see how much room you have to work with. If you have children, get them involved too. A favorite activity like making bird feeders out of pinecones dipped in peanut butter and bird feed will bring even more nature to your outdoor space. Lastly, consider replacing old and broken outdoor furniture with simple, wooden furniture.
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