For me city life is fantastic. You are never far away from the social scene, surrounded by culture and arts and with plenty of history to get passionate about. A lot of us are piling closer to the natural buzzing culture hubs and the streets are getting busier. This can be brilliant for our mental health however, if you want a little bit of an eco boost there are some things you can do to improve your home environment and go green.
Our cities tend to mean high rise living or close quarter life. Packing as many homes into as smaller space as possible meets the ever growing demand for better value and more choice. This can leave little space for a gardeners paradise and also has a negative impact on the environment. There are lots of ways you can bring a little bit of green to your world at home but perhaps one of the best is through a living wall.
Commonly known as the Eco Wall. These vertical gardens can be grown inside or out. Not only do they have a well documented impact on your health, but adding a living wall to the outside of your property has been proven to decrease the pollution in urban areas. If you live in a flat or apartment block, get a meeting together and talk about installing a few basic eco walls to as many homes as you can. Together you can make a huge impact to the quality of air you breathe and, they also help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. A brilliant solution for reducing your carbon footprint.
Close living also means that things can become a little stuffy. Check out these reviews on Plenty Air and invest in an air purifier. The air we breath can create a number of issues including allergies and lack of sleep. If you are already burning the candle at both ends then you want to make sure the sleep you do have is of a good quality. A prime place for one is in your bedroom but it might be worth investing in a purifier for the living space too. It won’t take long for you to see the positive impacts!
Finally think about what you eat. The less your food has to travel the better for the world. It may be hard finding local organic produce in the middle of a city but there are some exciting new businesses cropping up all over. Roof gardens are being promoted across the world. Where people are growing their own salads and vegetables on the top of their buildings. You could talk to your building management team and see if they will allow a communal allotment for all the residents to share.
City living doesn’t mean you have to take a hit on your eco integrity. Just be creative and think outside the box. The small things you do might inspire others and then we will be working together for a cleaner and better world! Be on the lookout for a post about the changes me and Nick did to our house towards this goal. Hopefully this will be published in a couple of weeks.