Why it is important to understand you carbon footprint?
This morning I was listening to a radio station (outside my age genre) who were discussing Carbon Footprint and what it actually means?
Most of those involved in what they called a "stitch up" basically had no clue or struggled to put it into words.
As they are all from the internet age - I thought I would see how hard it is to look up?
Here are some examples...
Google Search definition:
A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions....
Wikipedia Search definition:
The term carbon footprint is how much carbon goes into the air because of something done by people or that is not done by nature.....
Both definitions, don't really give guidance on how you can change what you do so we thought we would help you out with some suggestions to reduce your carbon foot print.
Cars - If you can't afford the latest electric car then look at other ways to get about if that is easy in your city.
Bikes/Electric Bikes, Scooters/Electric Scooters, Roller Skates/Roller, Blades/Skateboards, Carpool, Bus and walking. A lot of Taxi's and Uber's are electric now so catch one of those instead of driving your car. If you are going out pick up friends along the way.
Clothes - Clothing companies are starting to realize that fast fashion is also creating carbon issues with huge amounts of products either going into landfill, being burnt or generally releasing tiny plastic fibres' into our waterways. Shop natural fibre - Linen, Wool, Cotton. Recycle your clothes and buy recycled clothing. Buy from companies who are environmentally conscious.
Shop Eco-friendly grocery products - Eco-friendly companies need your support and the more you shop eco, the sooner the big corporates will come on board and change their packaging.
Compost your plant, fruit, or vegetable waste - don't send it to landfill. If you are not sure how to compost get yourself a garden waste bin delivered and pop it in there with your garden waste. Or get a worm farm, the worms will love your so called scraps. Ask community groups, kindy's, schools, farms, landscaping companies to see if they can use them. If you are business check out homeless shelters/Farmers/sharing pantries/Refuges/Hostels who maybe able to put any food left over to use.
Put food into a sharing pantry if you are not going to use it. Someone can always use something you can't.
Take note of your rubbish and understand where everything is going. Wash all your recycle items. Stop buying products in soft plastics, try alternatives like glass or boxes. Take your own shopping bags and vegetable's bags. Don't buy any fruit or vegetable wrapped in single use plastic. Buy your potatoes loose for small amounts or in a paper sack. Use compostable bin liners and dog poop bags.
The less plastic wrapped products we buy the sooner packaging will change.
Why say no to plastic? It is highly engineered, uses petroleum and does not breakdown naturally.
Hopefully this gives you a start to getting you carbon footprint down - read our other blogs to see our journey and what we have done to reduce single use plastics in our lives.
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