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10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint

How can you contribute?

There are so many ways to help the environment and doing your bit to reduce carbon dioxide omissions. Here I am going to list 10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint, by just tweaking a few things around your home or in your daily routine. If we all become more aware and conscious of all the waste we create, not just with rubbish but with resources as well, we can all contribute towards a more sustainable future.

  1. Turn your devices off

If you are not watching your TV, or if you have finished charging you devices turn them off at the power point. Limit TV times instead of leaving it on for no reason. Do not leave cords plugged in without devices attached as they are still chewing power. Make sure you do not leave fans, air conditioners or lights on unnecessarily. This will help reduce your monthly electricity bill as well.

2. Walk or cycle to work

I realize this will not be possible for everyone but where it is instead of driving walk or cycle to work. You will get fitter in the process and your monthly fuel costs will be reduced. Use the extra money to invest in yourself by way of a good read. Another option would be to use public transport or even starting a carpool with some people in your area.

3. Recycle what you can

Start by getting used to separating glass from paper and plastic and tin in different bins. Find where and how you can dispose of the different types of trash in your area. Where I live we have to take everything to the landfill where it is separated and it makes life easier when you have it done before you get there.

Invest in either silicone or other material food covers which can be used time and time again. Make sure you take your recycled shopping bags when you shop, keep them handy so they are not left behind.

4. Reduce water usage

Keep an eye on how long your showers are and try to limit them as well as water used whilst washing laundry and dishes. It all helps not just the environment but your budget as well.

5. Plant a tree

Have a look around your garden and see if there are any ares where you can plant some more bushes or trees. Even better still plant yourself a vegetable garden. The plants absorb the carbon dioxide in the air so the more the better. If you have space for a vegetable garden you will also be able to grow organic food and save a lot on your food bill.

6. Buy local

When shopping start by taking notice of where the item comes from and always try to support local businesses’ first and steer away from imported goods. The further away it comes from the higher the impact on the environment. When it comes to food, stick to whole foods as much as you can. Not only is it better for you but the processing of foods causes a great deal of pollution.

7. “Upcycle” unwanted items

On going through your clothes and other item find a way to “Upcycle’ them before throwing them out. If you really have to get rid of things then donate to a Lifeine or Saavation Army store instead. It is amazing what you con do with old furniture pieces and the like by giving them a new lease of life with a coat of paint or re varnish for instance.

When shopping for clothing buy recycled clothing as so much of it ends up in landfill otherwise, and the less cheap mass-produced clothing we buy from China and India the less fossil fuels are used by shipping it to us.

8. Make extra meals when cooking

Plan your meals and shopping trips. Instead of dashing to the store every day make a pan for a weekly or fortnightly shop instead. It saves time and money and creates less omissions.

When you are cooking make extra meals and either have the same meal another night that week or freeze for another time. It saves energy only having to reheat rather than cook from scratch again.

9. Eat less meat

Eating a staple of fruits, veggies, grains, and beans is far better for the environment. Farming meat and dairy is responsible for close to 15% percent of man made global greenhouse gas emissions, in from of feed production and processing and not to mention the methane animals produce, which is 25 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere over 100 years. If you also take into account that a diet with less animal products is good for you it will benefit your health as well as leave some extra money to budget with every week.

10. Compost your food scraps

Use a compost for your food scraps and use as mulch in your garden. Less landfill and it means better soil for your garden. If you live in the city you can usually find somewhere to drop the compost to like a city garden or a collection point.

 

Be mindful – stop waste

So there are 10 ways that you can contribute to reducing the impact on the environment. There are so many more and if you pt your mind to it I am sure you can come up with others. Make a list and keep it handy until you get into a routine with the changes in your day to day life.

Be mindful as you go about your day and think about what you can do to reduce omissions, as every little bit will help if we all do this together.

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