According to one study done by the University of Georgia, 18 billion pounds of plastic trash ends up in our oceans every year. That’s enough trash to cover each foot of coastline around the world with five full trash bags of plastic. Even worse, that number compounds every year. It’s no wonder that our oceans are filled with plastic waste and that sea animals are becoming sick from it.

Here at Summerwood Apartments, we want to do all we can to be eco-friendly and promote sustainable living. Not only do we make an effort to reduce unnecessary plastic waste, but we also try to preserve as much water as we can. Here are three ways we live green at Summerwood.

We Reduce Our Use of Paper and Plastic

At Summerwood, we go paperless by doing everything that usually requires paper—rent payments, service requests, applications, and notices—online. Not only is this convenient for our residents, but it eliminates the need for unnecessary paper waste. 

In our community, we strive to provide quality services to help make your life as a resident a little easier. Visit our new resident portal to pay your rent online, enter a maintenance service request, browse our calendar for upcoming activities, and much more! 

Additionally, we have a water bottle refill station to encourage our residents to use eco-friendly reusable water bottles, which significantly reduces the waste from plastic water bottles.

We Save on Water

La Habra is prone to droughts, so we do what we can to use water sparingly. To start, our property has drought-tolerant landscaping, which means we use plants, such as succulents, that we don’t have to water as often. We have also installed a drip irrigation system and replaced some grass and mulch areas with beautiful stone. This allows us to save thousands of gallons of water on landscaping alone! 

Indoors, we save water with our plumbing system. The average toilet uses about 3.5 gallons of water every time they flush, but not ours! We have low-flow toilets, which use about 20 percent less water than regular toilets. Each toilet can surprisingly save up to 13,000 gallons of water per year.

We Advocate for Recycling

One of the best ways to be more eco-friendly is to recycle. We have recycling bins in our office, and we encourage all residents to recycle as well. Items you can recycle include plastic bottles and containers, empty cans, paper, and flattened cardboard. However, you cannot recycle food, liquid, plastic bags, plastic wrap, or cups with wax or plastic coating. 

Here in La Habra, you can take your recycling to Unicorn Metals Recycling. A small change in habit can make a big difference for our planet, so thank you for doing your part. 

We’re Excited to Announce Organic Waste Recycling!

Organic waste recycling will be coming soon to our local community, and we can’t wait to participate! This initiative will help keep millions of pounds of food waste out of landfills and turn them into compost and renewable natural gas. We’ll keep you up to date as this program expands throughout the state.

We want to do everything we can to take care of the environment and live green. If you are looking for an apartment complex that cares as much about the earth as you do, Summerwood apartments could be the perfect new home for you.