You are in a more advantageous position than most if you are looking for an apartment as opposed to already living in one, you get to choose one in line with your eco-friendly standards.
And even in the smallest, most logistically improbable apartment spaces, implementing sustainable and eco-friendly design ideas will not only help you lower your carbon footprint, they can contribute to an enhanced quality of life too.
Ready for some high style, earth-friendly apartment ideas? We’ve collected these high-end designs from some of the most stunning homes. We hope to inspire you to apply a version of them in your apartment or space.
ADD PLANTS TO YOUR SPACE
Plants take in carbon dioxide and return oxygen to the air instead. They also absorb toxic chemicals and release harmless by-products, as well as soaking up heavy metals deep into the plant tissues away from you.
CHOOSE NATURAL FLOOR COVERINGS AND TEXTILES
Area rugs are often the top offenders of off-gassing, if you do nothing else, swap your area rug for one made of jute, sisal or wool. These materials are not only earth friendly but add design and texture to your space.
CURTAINS TO CONTROL TEMPERATURE
They will look great, and still provide your interior with passive cooling protection that will take some of the strain off your air conditioner.
HIT THE THRIFT SHOP
Filling your apartment with used furniture, light fixtures, or textiles will not only separates your space from the college kid next door, it will save the environment from one more couch entering the landfill.
SUSTAINABLE WOOD ACCENT WALL
Bamboo veneer panels are a great substitute for traditional wall art or painted accent wall. This panel material will add a bit of unintrusive modern character to your apartment.
SKIP WALL TO WALL CARPET
Avoid carpet if you can. Go with greener flooring materials like concrete, stone, tile, bamboo or wood. They’ll add a contemporary look to your apartment and be far easier to keep clean.
We suggest you make it a habit to open the windows or doors and let fresh air circulate regularly. Even in the cold winter, if just for a few minutes.
USE LOW VOC PAINTS
VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are released by most synthetic products. There are paints on the market today that are easily found and not outrageously expensive that keeps some of these toxic chemicals to a minimum.
Engineered flooring can be floated over almost all existing flooring surfaces. It also tends to be incredibly durable and will last well into your next move, where you can pull it up and re-use the flooring in your next apartment.
BE MINDFUL OF THE CANDLES YOU’RE BURNING
Lighting a beautiful candle can mean you’re heating and releasing diesel fumes, chemical fragrances and metals into your home. Choose candles made with natural materials like soy, vegetable or beeswax.
Earth Day on April 22 is the perfect chance to celebrate the planet’s beauty. Not much can compare to the grandeur of glistening ocean waters, rugged mountains set against a blue sky and a lush forest at right at the crack of dawn. So, it’s time to do your part as an apartment resident and help maintain this splendor for future generations.