8 Really Easy Ways You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Here are some simple ways you can change your day-to-day life and reduce your carbon footprint.
With climate Change at the forefront of the media, it’s understandable to want to know more about what you can do to help reduce your own personal greenhouse gas emissions.
Here are 8 easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
1. EAT LESS MEAT
Even if you don’t go fully veggie, just limiting your meat consumption can make a big difference. Try out Meat Free Monday and see how it goes, then slowly add more and more veggie options into your meals. Veg is super cheap and good for you, so you’re doing yourself a world of good as well as… The world. Check out these tasty veggie dinner recipes for some inspo.
Your electronics are still using energy when they’re plugged in even if you’re not using them. Make sure to unplug and turn off the lights whenever possible to limit your energy usage.
3. USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Switch out driving for the bus where possible. Or even better walk! Public transportation not only reduces emissions, but also gives you time to people watch and relax while listening to a podcast on your commute. Win-win.
4. REDUCE FOOD WASTE
Always make a meal plan before your buy your groceries to avoid wastage. If you do end up cooking too much, then you can usually freeze your food and eat it another day which can be a good plan anyway for days you cba to cook.
Buying locally is also really helpful in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, however it can be difficult as a student. However, places like Lidl and Aldi have all their everyday meat and poultry in the UK is from British, Red Tractor approved farms. Plus, it’s probably cheaper than other supermarkets anyway! Again, win-win.
5. SHOP VINTAGE
Charity shops have some absolute bargains in them, you just need to know where to look! Using second hand clothing is a great way to lower your carbon footprint and also it just makes shopping way more exciting.
6. BRING A TOTE
Carry a tote in your bag that you can whip out if you go grocery shopping. Give up the plastic bags and bring your own bag, plus look for items with less packaging on them. You don’t need to bag your fruit and veg, they’ve already got their own built in packaging (their skin).
7. LINE DRY
Using a dryer takes a lot of energy. Buy a clothes horse for your kitchen to hang your clothes on to air dry. Not only is it better for the environment, but your clothes will smell nicer too.
8. REUSE AND RECYCLE
Don’t just throw something out if it’s broken, there’s usually a quick fix or something else you can transform it into if you put your mind to it. Donate your old clothes to charity shops and always make sure to recycle your food packaging after use if it’s recyclable.
You’ll probably have heard about a lot of places stopping the use of plastic straws, which is a great start. You can help the cause by buying things like glass Tupperware and water bottles to reduce your own plastic usage.