Why Living Together Is Planet Smart

More people in the U.S. are living alone than ever before (ahem, ?me, me, me? Millennials), but, says Katie Kiely, a spokesperson for the National Resources Defense Council, ?As a general rule, the more you share, the less you waste. When more people use the same amount of resources, it reduces your individual environmental footprint.? If you?re striving to be an earth-friendly citizen, here are a few reasons why you might want to consider splitting your space?whether it?s with your significant other, your sister, or a Craigslist roommate.

You Waste Less Food

According to an Institute of Food Research report, single-person households waste the most food per capita. In short, another mouth helps you polish off whatever?s in the fridge before it goes bad. (Plus, it never hurts to have a sous chef for your organic cooLing experiments.)

You Can Share A Car

All right: We know how good it feels to have a car all to yourself, especially for those Saturday morning trips to the farmers market. But if you?re all for sparing the air, take public transportation as much as you can, and share a car with your roommate so you can still enjoy those weekend road trips. By one study?s tally, one person can save as much as 4,800 pounds of CO2 each year by taking existing transit.

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