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3 Ways to go green in 2013

You don’t have to grow dreadlocks, stop using deodorant or go vegan all of a sudden to reap the benefits of a green lifestyle. There are easier ways to be eco-friendly in 2013, just find out what works best for you.

A growing interest in “green” can be noted even amongst renters. Outfitting your rental home with environmentally friendly furniture and finishes is key in creating a healthier and more sustainable living environment. But often times, that’s easier said than done, especially for those of us who are not in the “luxury” bracket. Here are a few ideas to get you closer to a green lifestyle, on a budget.

Hit up your local thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets to get your hands on exclusive finds, reclaimed furniture pieces, eco-upholstery, organic bedding or repurposed furnishings that will render your home unique. The Melrose Trading Post is a great Sunday destination for cool vintage items, sustainable furniture, antiques, clothes, arts & crafts, or anything else you could dream of to fully furnish your new apartment.

Everybody knows vinegar is great for removing unwanted odors from the refrigerator. You can use other homemade cleaning products as well, like lemon juice or baking soda, to naturally clean your home. Safe to use on most surfaces, these green alternatives have the added bonus of being incredibly cheap. Here’s a video showing you how to clean your sink using a baking soda and vinegar solution:

Did Santa get you that new tablet, smartphone or MP3 player you’ve always wanted? You may no longer treasure your old gadgets, but they’re precious, oh so precious! Gold, lithium, copper and other such metals are required to make electronic items, so be sure to bring them to a collection center once you’re done with them. For more info on the matter and see what you can do with your e-waste in Los Angeles, click here.

 

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Amalia Otet
Amalia Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves all things real estate and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time.

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