By Ellie Peach
Reducing our carbon footprint has never been more critical; any steps we take really will make a difference if we stick with it. Simply, we can no longer wait for someone to solve the planet's environmental issues; we can only change our own attitudes and behaviours. Here, we have curated the top three ways to quickly and easily reduce our carbon footprint; read on to find out more…
Overconsumption is something most of us are guilty of nowadays. Our over shopping and overspending create tons of unnecessary rubbish and excessive waste, polluting our planet. In general, we really should try to reduce what we buy. Now, you should buy what you need and want, but just remember to keep sustainability in your mind all the time. Think about where the product will go once you have finished with it. If it can be upcycled, reused or recycled, then perfect. If it has to be thrown in general waste, maybe reconsider buying it and choose something else.
Our shopping habits are particularly vital to mention In December. There is wrapping and tape that can't be recycled, the large amounts of gimmicky presents we all receive that go straight in the bin… there is just so much waste. This year, we should all try to buy meaningful gifts that people will use and can be recycled. Why not also purchase fabric offcuts to wrap your presents? These can be used repeatedly and tied up with a ribbon for a fun way to give someone (with the environment in mind) a gift!
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Travel is another simple way you can reduce your carbon footprint. It may seem obvious that you should walk, cycle or take the bus where you possibly can. However, it really will significantly impact your own personal emissions when you are hoping to minimise them. Cycle routes are also widespread in built-up areas, so it is easy to switch to this healthier way of living!
If these methods of travel aren't for you due to your own personal commute, try investing in a hybrid or electric car. They can be very pricey; however, in the long run, they will save you a lot of money and will minimally impact the environment - at least in comparison to a fossil fuel-powered vehicle.
Another way to limit your CO2 is by reducing your air miles. Reduce your long haul flights and only fly when it is essential. You don't have to completely cut those sunny holidays out of your life. But, if you make a conscious decision to go away far less often, your CO2e emissions will remain low. If you have to fly, you should offset your emissions online.
Food waste makes up a massive amount of what we throw away every day, whether that be leftover food or food that has gone out of date. Most of us are guilty of contributing to food waste; however, it is pretty simple to combat this routine from our daily lives.
One way to reduce the amount of food in landfills or incinerated is by starting to compost. This requires little actual change to your routine; the only difference Is throwing the waste into a different bin! It is far better for the environment for your food, waste peels, and skins to be disposed of this way; as when the food breaks down, it won't just contribute to typical co2e emissions; you can give it a new lease of life by using it to promote growth. You can then put the compost you create in your own garden or donate it to a community compost site; this will then get used by farmers or anyone that needs it. Composting is an excellent way to eradicate food from your general waste and promote a circular life to the food you eat!
You can also make more permanent lifestyle changes with the food you consume. This could include planning your weekly shop and sticking to your list to prevent overconsumption, or it could be meal planning, so you always use everything you buy. You could also prepare lunches based on your leftovers from the night before to ensure minimal waste. And finally, switching to a plant-based lifestyle at least a couple of days a week will also be massively beneficial in reducing your carbon footprint.
No one is perfect when it comes to saving our planet; a complete lifestyle or routine change can be challenging, but the effort we put in will contribute to the changes we need.
Implement some of these steps and gradually increase them, making your transition to carbon neutrality smooth and painless!