Simple Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Sadly, each year our beautiful planet is becoming more polluted, but we all can work together in some small ways to help improve the environment.
By reducing your carbon footprint, you’re not only helping the environment, but you’re also creating a chain reaction and inspiring others do the same.
Want to learn some simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint?
Continue reading below
Change to Energy Efficient Lighting
Switching to energy efficient lighting is a great opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint and save money at the same time.
Even tho LED lights are more expensive then others, they are a good investment and are becoming more and more popular for good reasons:
- They consume less energy, so it’s better for the environment;
- They last longer;
- You save money on your electricity bill;
- They don’t contain toxic mercury like CFL’s does.
Switching to LED lights can reduce your carbon footprint, and they are a good investment since they last a long time, so that’s why I really recommend them.
Buy Your Meat Locally or Become a Vegan
Support your local Farmers Market
The meat industry is a major contribution to climate change.
The truth is that more and more land are used to grow food (not for us), but to feed all these animals that the meat industry is trying to sell.
For this process, much more land is needed so consequently, more trees are cut down, also most agricultural practices are not sustainable and uses synthetic pesticides which are bad for the environment.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that livestock production is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gases, which is a lot.
It is actually estimated that livestock production accounts for 70% of all agricultural land use and occupies 30% of all the land surface of the planet. Source
When you decide to buy your meat locally, you support better practices that are less harmful to the environment.
Equally important, local foods are closer, so they don’t travel a long distance in order to get to you.
Even better is deciding to become a Vegan. Veganism is becoming more popular and for good reasons.
Choose Your Transportation Wisely
There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint by choosing transportation that are better for the environment.
- Take your local transit;
- Get on your bike;
- Share a drive with your friends;
- Travel places that are closer to you;
- Make all your purchases at the same time;
- Take routes with less traffic;
- Walk more often.
Buy Your Personal Care Products From Companies That Are Carbon Neutral
Did you know that about 2.5 million tonnes of 100,000 chemicals are released into the atmosphere each year.
Studies shows that the average adult uses about 9 personal care products daily exposing them to 126 chemicals each day.
Before buying a product, do your research and support companies that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
- Look for companies that are carbon neutral;
- Support certified organic companies that doesn’t harm the environment;
- Look for products that are easily recyclable.
Buy a Smaller Home and Cut Your Energy Use
Unless you have a big family, do you really need to live in a big house?
In fact, smaller homes are becoming more and more popular and there are many advantages of living in a smaller home.
- You save money and can pay your mortgage faster;
- You get the “cozy” feeling of a small house;
- You have less cleaning to do and more free time;
- You need less material stuff to furnish your home;
- You use less energy, so it’s better for the environment;
- Smaller homes are easily modifiable to green energy (like solar) then bigger homes.
Become a Minimalist and Buy Less
Even tho you don’t have the power over big corporation’s decisions. As a customer, you do have the power to choose what you decide to support with your money.
Think about it, big companies cannot survive without customers, and if everyone decides to buy less, then companies will start producing less.
As a customer, if you decide to only buy your products from green and sustainable companies, then more companies will become more green and sustainable.
Equally important, do you need all this material stuff to live a happy life? Chances are that the answer is no.
I decided to become a minimalist about a year ago. Before making this decision, I was buying so much material stuff and most stuff were things that I didn’t even used.
Becoming a minimalist made a huge difference in my life.
Now I focus more on quality over quantity. I only buy things that I’m 100% sure I will use often.
Advantages of becoming a minimalist:
- Living simply = Living happy;
- You appreciate more what you have instead of thinking of what you don’t have;
- Your home looks more clean and less crowded;
- You save money;
- You feel more free and less dependent of material stuff;
- You’re influencing people to live a more sustainable life by owning less;
- You’re making a good impact on the environment.
When you’re owning less material stuff, you actually realize that you don’t need a lot, and you also tend to appreciate other things more.
Before buying something. I always ask myself these questions:
- Will I use this object often?
- How long is it going to last?
- Do I really need it?
- Will it improve my life?
Studies shows that people who are usually happier are those who own less.
Minimalism is the way to go
Own a Website? Choose a Green Hosting Company
Did you know that your website can leave a carbon footprint?
In fact, studies shows that by 2020 the website hosting industry will surpass the airline industry in environmental pollution.
Most website hosting servers produces 1390 pounds of CO2 each year and there are millions of servers worldwide.
With the internet industry growing and booming, it’s just going to get even worse in a few years, but you can make the right choice.
Choosing an eco-friendly hosting company for your website is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint and also to inspire others do the same.
My favourite eco-friendly hosting company is GreenGeeks and here is why.
GreenGeeks purchase wind energy credits for the energy they consume from the grid. They replace with wind power 3 times the amount of energy used by their servers.
So this means that when your website is hosted by GreenGeeks, it will be powered by 300% wind energy which is making your website’s carbon footprint negative.
Advantages of GreenGeeks:
- 99.9% Service Uptime
- 24/7 Support
- Free website transfer service (they can easily transfer your current hosting to them for free)
- Better for the environment and a lot more…
Learn More Information Here
Shop Ethically and Support Slow Fashion Clothing Companies
When looking for new clothes, try to shop more ethically. A good way to do this is to look for slow fashion brands instead of fast fashion brands.
Slow fashion brands are more environmentally friendly and uses traditional less harmful practices.
On the other hand, fast fashion brands uses unethical practices that are harmful to the environment.
- Organic and natural fabrics, also recycled materials (like organic cotton, wool, etc.);
- For them it’s quality over quantity;
- Clothes are made in a traditional way without harsh chemicals;
- More expensive, but last for years;
- Less harmful to the environment.
- Synthetic and chemical-based materials (like rayon, nylon, polyester, etc.);
- For them it’ s quantity over quality;
- Clothes are made with dyes and harsh chemicals;
- Cheaper, but doesn’t last a long time.
- Harmful to the environment.
Another great way to shop more ethically is to shop at your local second hand Thrift Stores.
In conclusion, these were some simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Have more ideas? Please share below.