Sustainability is the buzzword of recent years. And we’re all trying to do our part towards building a better world, even if we’re not Greta Thunberg. And when it comes to individual action, building a sustainable future starts from creating a sustainable lifestyle at home. So, it’s time to take a closer look at your life in a 1BHK flat on rent in Gurgaon and see how you can make it more environmentally friendly. Take a look at some of our simple and easy tips and substitutions that will get you on track for making more sustainable choices.
Switch to greener options
If you’re shying away from sustainability because you think it means cutting out on everything convenient in your lifestyle, think again. Sustainability is all about convenience, but in an ecofriendly way. It’s not just about swapping plastic straws for paper ones, but about doing away with straws altogether if you can. So, why not try to opt for eco-friendly alternatives that will help you cut down on the amount of plastic waste you generate. Carry your own reusable bag with you to the grocery store instead of paying extra to buy plastic packets. And when it comes to buying rice, pulses or sugar and other loose items, you could start carrying your own containers to fill up on the grains instead of buying pre-packaged ones. This way you’ll be able to avoid unnecessary plastic packaging and end up saving money at the same time.
Reuse when you can’t refuse
In a perfect world, we’d cut plastic out of our lives altogether, but in the real world you probably have a bunch of plastic stuff at home already. So, don’t think that being sustainable means you have to throw all of it out. Sustainability is all about reducing waste, not increasing it, so don’t make this mistake. If you have plastic items that are in good condition, use them instead of adding to the existing plastic waste. When they’re no longer in a good enough condition to use, you can always replace them with more eco-friendly options. Don’t be in a rush to throw away your plastic bottles and containers until they’re really used (and reused up). After all, the more you’re able to use an object, the fewer duplicates you’ll end up buying, which reduces the overall waste. Score!
Turn off the lights
Your parents were right when they said you should turn off the lights and fans when you’re not in the room. And we’re sure you’ve been keeping that in mind. And you’ve probably replaced your old incandescent bulbs with energy efficient CFLs or LEDs too. But have you also been ensuring that you unplug your different devices and appliances when they’re not in use? Yes, even leaving a device plugged in 24/7 can consume electricity and increase your carbon footprint (and your electricity bill). Make sure that you’re turning off and unplugging your phone and laptop chargers, AC and toaster, whenever they’re not in use. If you’re planning to buy any new appliances, make sure that you opt for an energy efficient model that will also generate less heat. They’ll be a lot better for the environment and your apartment too!
Avoid fast fashion
Sorry shopaholics, we’ve got some bad news for you if you’re into snapping up everything that’s on trend. If you get carried away with buying the clothes that are in style all the time, you probably end up shopping multiple times every month. But how often do you actually end up wearing those trendy outfits? Probably not more than once or twice. That’s the problem with fast fashion, it’s impossible to keep up. And those trendy clothes sitting at the back of your closet just gather dust and become unsustainable for your wallet. Save yourself and your budget and try to cut down on fast fashion expenses. Try and invest in classic pieces instead and use this as an opportunity to develop your personal style. Buying a few good quality clothes that will last for a long time is a much better way to be satisfied with your clothes and cut down on unnecessary expenses.
Remember the 3 Rs you learnt in school? Reduce, reuse and recycle. Well, you might be a pro at the first two, but how often are you thinking about recycling? Probably not that often, right? And that’s because you’re not segregating your waste. If you live alone in one of the apartments for rent in Gurgaon, you need to start thinking about what waste you’re generating and how to dispose of it. By separating your dry and wet waste you can even get into the habit of composting at home. Or you could separate biodegradables and non-biodegradables so that the garbage collector of your building can do their job correctly. At the minimum, you’ll be keeping your home a lot cleaner and avoid any repugnant smells from your trash can. But more importantly, you’ll be doing your part to promote proper recycling and sustainability and improve our environment.
So, these are our simple steps towards making your life in Gurgaon more sustainable. Try them out and see the difference for yourself!