Every single person has their own carbon footprint yet don’t know what it really is or how to reduce it. A carbon footprint is a measure of each individual persons carbon emissions. You can work out your personal carbon footprint with this calculator by Carbon Click. Often people think that they have to make big changes but even a small thing can help towards reducing your footprint. Here are a few small ways that I try to reduce my carbon footprint.
Grow your own food
Growing your own food is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint because it’s local, seasonal food and it won’t have all the food miles that comes with a lot of food at supermarkets. Plus, it is so much fun because you get to monitor the day by day progress. At the moment, I’m growing some pea shoots and they’ve literally only taken 2-3 weeks to grow. Start with simple veggies like herbs and make your way up to harder ones. Growing your own food also makes you value the food a bit more and you are less likely to throw food out. This week is National Gardening Week so when better to start?
Use eco-friendly packaging
With lockdown and not being able to see family members or friends means that we are sending more packages out. It’s so lovely to receive and send a package but we have to make sure that the packaging is eco-friendly and plastic-free. Luckily for you, Lil Packaging is just that! The whole Lil Packaging range is FSC certified, accredited plastic-free, 100% recyclable, plant and water-based inks and with the highest possible plant-based glue. They cater for lots of different businesses and people and have custom packaging so whether you own a small business or you’re sending a package to a loved one, there’s something for you.
Walk or take the bus
Walking or taking the bus is much more sustainable than driving a car. Did you know that 40% of America’s carbon dioxide emissions are from cars? (Glaeser and Kahn, 2010) Imagine if all those people walked, cycled, took the bus or even had an electrical car! I understand the feeling of wanting to take a car instead of walking because maybe you’re tired or just want to get there a bit quicker. Try listening to some music or a podcast – my current favourite is The Secret To…by Vicky Pattison.
Eat less meat
I know everyone says this, but it’s only because it’s true! If you don’t want to go vegetarian or vegan, try a couple of meat-free days a week. There are so many alternatives out there today, for example, Richmond veggie sausages taste exactly like pork sausages – I personally don’t really like the taste of pork but for a meat-eater, they are perfect. Quorn is the one for me, I’m currently loving their sausage rolls & dinos!
Related post: The benefits of being a vegetarian
Buy second-hand clothes
I could write pages and pages about why you should choose second-hand & the amazing benefits. To sum fast fashion up, brands that mass-produce clothing garments are not sustainable! They produce clothes so fast to get in with the trends but don’t use good quality material which means they don’t last long. But, this is all part of the plan. They don’t want your clothes to last long so that you’ll buy more. Not only is fast fashion really unsustainable, but it is unethical. The poor workers don’t get paid enough money for the amount of work they do & the conditions they are forced to work in. This is why you should buy second hand! Charity shops, apps like Depop or Vinted, online thrift shops or even a clothes swap between your friends. There are loads of ways!
What do you do to reduce your carbon footprint?
Best wishes, Cx