Nowadays, we can all play a lead role in reducing our environmental footprint. It is well acknowledged now: every action counts! Integrating eco-friendly practices to your daily life should not be expensive. The smallest of gestures can have a long-term impact or even influence your acquaintances to change their own habits. Just do it one step at a time!
Here are a few eco-friendly practices that are easy to maintain in your everyday life.
1. Cooking with locally grown foods
Cooking means, first and foremost, making delicious meals at home. By cooking with locally grown fruits and vegetables, you are inherently choosing fresher and tastier ingredients: a must for flavourful dishes! In addition, you are supporting the local economy and reducing the environmental impact of shipping.
Cooking also allows you to reduce the amount of trash you produce compared to what would result from a ready-to-eat meal. Don’t waste any more time and head to the market closest to Espace Montmorency, or simply make a conscious effort when grocery shopping.
2. Reducing the amount of trash you generate and composting
Limiting the amount of trash you generate is an excellent way to contribute to protecting the environment. Start by discarding all recyclable items in the appropriate bin. Then, try to change your habits in the kitchen. For instance, you can eliminate plastic wrap by using the following instead:
- Beeswax food wraps;
- organic cotton lids;
- Reusable food containers.
Eliminate aluminum foil as well! Get your hands on a reusable baking sheet for the oven and the BBQ.
Are you thinking about composting your food waste? Know that this practice does not have to be complicated! All you need is to educate yourself before you start.
3. Reducing your energy consumption
Did you know that 70% of your apartment’s energy expenditure comes from heating? To reduce your energy consumption, lower the heating when you are not home and schedule the regulation of temperature with electric thermostats.
Have you thought about replacing your incandescent light bulbs with LED ones? The latter use way less energy and can last up to 40,000 hours! You can also choose to use a foldable clothing rack to dry your clothes when possible and only start the dishwasher once it is full.
Get an electric vehicle to reduce your carbon footprint and recharge it in one of the 150 charging stations available directly in the Espace Montmorency indoor parking lot. There are also 700 available spots for residents to park their bicycles.
4. Making your own hygiene products
Another way to introduce ecology into your daily life is by making your own hygiene products, such as:
- hand soap;
This practice can even turn into a fun hobby! These products also make for great gifts. You can customize your products by storing them in colorful or patterned reusable bags. Making your own products can help reduce the amount of plastic packaging you throw away and ensures you are using natural ingredients.
5. Finding second-hand items
Are you looking to buy new furniture to change your apartment’s decor? Are you looking for new books to add to your library? Before heading to the nearest store, think of looking for these items in online classified ads. Who knows? You might find some real gems! In addition to being eco-friendly, this practice gives a second life to many objects!
6. Avoid buying plastic water bottles
Located in the heart of Laval, Espace Montmorency is connected to one of the best city water systems in Quebec. Why buy plastic water bottles when you have high-quality tap water? You can drink it without concern and use it for all your household needs. Also prioritize stainless water bottles to keep your water cold or warm for countless hours.
7. Choosing ecological cleaning products
Most people have long been cleaning their space with chemicals and corrosive products. These products contain many ingredients that are not only harmful to your health, but also to the environment. The good news is that eco-friendly products are now way easier to find close to home than before. Speaking of, Avril supermarket has a great selection of eco-friendly cleaning products to choose from. Only a 15-minute walk away from Espace Montmorency, it is the ideal place to buy more responsibly to reduce your daily environmental footprint!
8. Fixing instead of throwing away
Very often, we don’t think to fix things that are broken. Yet this is a practice that can make a real difference for the environment! Don’t hesitate to use your sewing talents to fix a piece of clothing, or to ask for help to understand the problem behind your faulty stove.
Some community organizations set up activities to learn how to fix your own things. There are also a bunch of internet groups where you can find tons of information about fixing items on your own.
9. Buying reusable items
Reach for reusable items to reduce your environmental footprint. You might already be doing so by using linen or cotton bags to carry your food out of the grocery store. Eliminate paper towels from your kitchen and go for microfiber clothes or other fabric options instead. Use metal straws and replace your plastic snack bags with ones made of fabric.
10. Saving water
Espace Montmorency uses sustainable and effective strategies to encourage water conservation:
- Rainwater collection to supply the toilets and urinals of the office towers;
- Installation of low-flow appliances in all buildings. This strategy reduces water consumption by 30% to 35%.
As residents, there are also ways you can reduce your drinking water consumption. Here are a few tangible examples:
- Taking shorter showers;
- Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth;
- Washing your clothes with cold water.
Water is one of the most valuable resources that is available to us. Let’s continue to preserve it together!
For a sustainable life environment
Adopting eco-friendly practices has almost become a necessary thing nowadays. Changing your habits one gesture at a time, big or small, is the key to reducing your environmental footprint and making your apartment a healthier space and your lifestyle a more sustainable one.
Moreover, when choosing Espace Montmorency, you are choosing way more than a simple residential complex. You are choosing the best in terms of energy efficiency, optimal water management, sustainable mobility, and vegetation management! Without further ado, opt for our big environmentally responsible project!