Eco Tip #23 Quick Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
The best way to reduce your carbon footprint, other than eating only vegetables and riding a bike everywhere, is by leading a more sustainable lifestyle. But what exactly is ‘sustainable’ living?
Sustainable living is a lifestyle that’s gotten increased attention in recent years due to climate change and younger generations. Thanks to this, more people are starting to come around to the idea of creating a more sustainable future to protect the Earth. Since everything you do in day-to-day life has an impact on the planet, living sustainably means to reduce that impact as much as possible while also trying to replace the resources you do use.
There are many ways to help reduce your carbon footprint, if you’re not sure where to start, then try following some of these tips:
Save Energy and Water
Using water and electricity more efficiently is something that’s as simple as closing the tap when you’re brushing your teeth and switching off lights when you don’t need them. There are plenty other ways you can save electricity or use it more efficiently – you can even check out our article on Saving Energy for more ideas you can use at home.
Water is just as easy, with the majority of wasted water being when the tap is left on while brushing your teeth or washing your hands. Just closing the tap when you brush your teeth and opening it to rinse is enough to save 15 to 18 litres every time!
This one is super simple. Avoid wasting paper and choose to receive emails instead from your bank, shops, or anywhere else that has the option. We all just throw those receipts away anyway. So, do yourself a favour and ditch the paper. You’ll avoid papercuts and help the Earth – that’s a Win-Win.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
When it comes to recycling, there’s plenty of options. From using spoiled or scrapped veggies to make great compost to upcycling a lampshade from random bits and bobs, there’s a lot of different things you can do. If you’ve got some plants around the house, then recycled compost would make great use of scraps. If not, just make sure to reuse as many things as you can before putting them in the correct bins – that’s really important.
Use Eco-friendly products
The best way to do this is to simply avoid single-use products, especially plastic ones. Instead, get things like reusable water bottles and reusable shopping bags. Another one worth considering is rechargeable batteries. If you frequently use batteries all around the house, then rechargeable batteries won’t just help the planet, but it’ll probably save you a decent bit too.
You might think that a single person can’t make a difference, but that’s not true. Even small changes can make a big difference and anyone can reduce their footprint to help the environment. So, why not live a little more sustainably and make a positive change?