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Your niece might not yet have mastered the art of eating a raspberry yoghurt without spewing it back up over your new white shirt, but she sure does make the world a better place. And you want the world to be the best it can be for her, which means doing your bit for the environment and reducing your carbon footprint where possible.
So, you want to reduce your carbon footprint? We all do! And luckily, the little actions all add up. We’ve got plenty of ideas to get you started – here’s how to make small changes that will lead to a big impact on the size of your carbon footprint. We can’t promise they’ll help with the crusty yoghurt stain though.
How can I reduce my carbon footprint by generating less waste?
Without a doubt, one of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to create less waste. That means reduce, reuse and recycle. And whilst the temptation to throw that yoghurt-spattered shirt far, far away is very real, it’s also not entirely necessary. Being more aware of the amount of waste we all produce is the first step to being able to reduce it. From moving away entirely from single use plastics to recycling the waste we do generate, we can all do our bit. Often it’s the little things we do every day that have the biggest impact.
How do I reduce my carbon footprint through food?
There are ways to reduce your carbon footprint via what we eat and how shop for groceries. For starters, buying and eating local, in-season produce can make a huge difference. The fewer miles food has to travel to you, the better.
Another positive change you can make is switching to a more plant-based diet, as animal products take up more resources to get to your plate. Meat and dairy also generate a lot of greenhouse gases, so reducing consumption can play a role in reducing emissions too.
How do I reduce my carbon footprint through the products I buy?
So, you can buy local produce and switch to plant-based foods, which may require a change in your shopping habits, but what else can help you reduce your carbon footprint? Choosing clothing made from sustainable materials (that are easily washable when niecey’s around!), opting for products packaged in recyclable materials, and those that have a reduced CO2 footprint will all help.
At Plenty we’re also working on making sustainable choices. Our Plenty kitchen paper comes in recyclable and CO2-reduced packaging.
How to reduce my carbon footprint by using less water
There are so many ways to reduce your carbon footprint by using water more efficiently. For one, start using cooler temperatures when you wash – whether that’s yourself or your clothes. Less heat means less energy consumed.
Other top tips to reduce my carbon footprint through more efficient water usage include:
- Choosing to shower rather than have a bath
- Using the washing machine only when you have a full load
- Investing in a water butt instead of using the hose to water the garden
How can I reduce my carbon footprint by using less power?
One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home is to reduce the amount of energy your house consumes. When we leave power switches on, they may only be dripping small volumes of energy, but over time that really adds up. So, save energy and reduce your carbon footprint by turning sockets off when you’re not using them.
How to reduce my carbon footprint when travelling
There are some simple swaps you can make. Take a bus, rather than the car. Switch to an electric car. Ride a bike. Or, best of all, walk to places you might ordinarily drive to. These are all positive ways to reduce your emissions. As is reducing the amount you fly.
How to reduce my carbon footprint in my daily routine
Consistency and regularity are key, so when you put all of these tips together in everyday life it’ll really help reduce your carbon footprint. Some of the daily changes we can all make to reduce our carbon footprint include:
- Using lower temperatures on the washing machine
- Drying in the air rather than tumbling
- Using a broom to sweep up debris, rather than reaching for the vacuum
- Buying ethical cleaning products and using multi-use cleaning materials
Combine daily tasks that incorporate a greener approach with all of the above tips and you’ll be well on your way to reducing your carbon footprint, – and your niece’s, if you decide to pass on your wisdom and teach her about important things like plastic pollution, the environment and carbon footprints when she’s a bit older.