Going Green in your Apartment [Infographic]

Intrinsically, living in an apartment is a more sustainable way of living than other modern lifestyles. This is because while living in your apartment, the odds are that you are in a urban center. Living in an urban center means that you’re close by to many things and you don’t need to use as many resources as your other modern lifestyle counterparts do. With that being said, there are still countless ways to make your living arrangement that much more environmentally friendlier! And great news for you, many of them are simple and easy to implement. It doesn’t take much to reduce your ecological footprint and have a greater positive impact on the world.

One example is purchasing and using all-natural cleaning supplies. This is an important step because the cleaning supplies that contain harmful chemicals can find their way into the city’s waterways after they go down your drain. Another example is making the switch to LED light fixtures. With this switch, you’ll be consuming less electricity which means burning fewer resources every time you flip the switch. If you’re planning on furnishing your place, try looking at estate sales or resale shops to rescue pieces from the landfill as opposed to buying new.

Embracing these minor changes goes a long way! For additional tips on going green in your apartment, continue reading the infographic below!

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Gardening Tips to Heed This Summer

Does gardening make you feel happier? If so, then you’re already enjoying one of the many benefits of doing some work in the garden.

Whether you’re planting and taking care of vegetables or a variety of blooms, gardening is an activity that allows us to leave much of the stress in our lives behind and focus on growing things with our hands.

The arrival of summer, however, means more challenges for you and your garden. While you can keep cool outdoors with a residential patio misting system, your plants are bound to take more heat, quite literally.

Nevertheless, the summer is still a good season for gardening despite the rising temperatures. Here are some tips that will help make it so.

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Ways to Construct an Eco-Friendly Balcony Garden [Visual]

It’s important to realize that our consumption patterns impact the environment. Consider the fact that each day 80,000 acres of forests disappear from the earth and more than 20,000 tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean. Furthermore, a significant portion of the food that many of us eat travels long distances before ending up in our supermarkets that we then need to drive our cars to in order to purchase. By constructing an eco-friendly balcony garden we can actually begin to remedy some of these issues. For tips on how to construct an eco-friendly balcony garden check out the visual from Apartment Guide below.

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How to Live a more Eco-Friendly Life

Many people today were brought up in homes that weren’t focused on making environment and health-focused decisions, so the transition to eco-friendly habits may seem like a great sacrifice in terms of convenience. But it’s all about steady transition, a process during which your consciousness and life satisfaction will grow as your eco-footprint decreases.

There’s no need to start with big things. The best approach is to take smaller steps and build your way up. Nevertheless, it can be hard to determine where to begin so we’ve put together a guide that’ll make the first steps easier.

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Safe and Natural Pest Control Remedies [Visual]

Pesticides are some of the most toxic chemicals to be found around the home — and unfortunately, they are found around the home all too often. Consider the risks. According to the National Cancer Institute, childhood cancer has increased nearly 30 percent since pesticides became commonly used household products. In addition to the cancer link, chemicals found in pesticides have been associated with allergies, birth defects, and even psychological disorders.

High concentrations of toxic pesticides are especially dangerous for not only children, but also infants, toddlers, the chronically ill and the elderly. These groups tend to spend a lot of time in the home, have limited mobility and in some cases, have compromised immune systems.

Adding all of this up, it becomes clear that commercial pesticides are simply too dangerous to be used in and around the home.

Stay healthy at home with these natural pesticide solutions:

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