Sustainable living looks different to everyone depending on aspects such as environment, what’s accessible (which can depend on aspects such as class, geography, and race), as well as lifestyle. And whilst sustainable living alone will not bring about the widespread change we need, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to do what we can. With that in mind, I have put together some sustainable apartment living tips, based on my own experience of moving from a house with a garden to a city apartment. Each part has been captured in a 30 second Instagram reel and a few key points.

Waste 

  1. Avoid waste where possible by buying bulk and low-waste alternatives
  2. Look for items with packaging that is commonly recycled
  3. Recycle what you can (our apartment block recycles but recyclables can also be dropped off at various locations)
  4. Eco brick the waste that is unavoidable
  5. Separate food waste and take it to a nearby farm or garden that accepts compost

 

 

Energy

  1. Switch off lights and appliances when not in use
  2. Replace all lights with LED energy-saving bulbs
  3. Use plug timers to automatically switch off appliances and avoid phantom load
  4. Only boil as much water is needed in the kettle
  5. Only wash full loads of washing
  6. Insulate geyser pipes to prevent heat loss

 

Water

  1. Install low-flow fittings to reduce flow and only open tap as much as is needed
  2. Shower with a bucket and use te water to flush the toilet
  3. Use a toilet stopper (or brick or filled bottle) to displace water in the cistern in order to reduce water used in flushing
  4. Minimize virtual water footprint by using less energy, buying less products