Carbon Footprint- 5 Ways to Reduce Yours
Climate change has been around for decades, however it is only in the recent years that world leaders have started to pay more attention to the link between the continued rise in temperatures and sea levels with the amount of carbon dioxide being emitted by activities carried out by communities, organisations and even individuals!
Carbon footprint was developed as a world standard to calculate the total emissions that are caused by these activities so that we are able to offset it. While larger companies still require the assistance of a carbon consulting company to do this, individuals and smaller organisations can easily make small changes to reduce their carbon footprint and benefit the planet- here’s a look at a few ways to do this!
Recycle and Up-cycle Your Waste!
Your goal should be to reduce the amount of garbage entering landfills where it would otherwise collect and emit methane. Recycle paper, plastic, metal and glass, while also trying your hand at composting instead. Composting isn’t complicated and can be easily done by anyone using a compost bin purchased from Arpico.
Up-cycling is another way of reducing your waste and is a lot easier than you think! Simple things like using a cloth bag for groceries or using your own coffee cup when purchasing a takeaway coffee, instead of a styrofoam cup are great examples of up-cycling. Also look to purchase products from companies that up-cycle too! For instance, JustGoodness Christmas hampers will be packaged in up-cycled cement bags and most of our vendors use eco-friendly materials for their packaging.
Unplug Your Gadgets
Completely powering down your gadgets is not only good for your devices, but also the planet - sadly not enough people do it, though it just takes a few moments longer! Apart from leaving your computer on sleep mode, it has become a common practice to leave phone chargers plugged in which has been proven to increase your electricity bills significantly annually.
Print or Digital Media For Your News
This has been debated at great lengths and everyone has their own opinion. While yes, studies have shown that newspapers cause roughly their weight in carbon emissions, you also do consume a significant amount of energy when surfing the web (this does depend on the device you’re using).
Whichever way you choose to receive your news, just remember to be mindful! If you opt to subscribe to a printed newspaper then try your best to recycle or up-cycle- there are loads of different ways to dress up newspaper when wrapping gifts etc! The same way, if you choose to receive your news digitally try to use an unplugged laptop, phone or e-reader as much as possible.
Buy Local Organic Food
Shipping foods from other places have higher emissions associated with it than
choosing local produce which helps reduce your carbon footprint. The fuel needed to ship products to Sri Lanka and the cost of keeping those products cold while being transported result in a higher environmental cost than if you chose fresh, locally grown produce which is also a whole lot better for your health!
Choosing organic food also has a positive impact on the environment since they are free of toxic pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
Make Every Drop Count
A recent study done by Colgate showed that you can save up to eight gallons of water daily by simple turning off the tap while brushing your teeth! Remind yourself to turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth and take shorter showers in a bid to reduce your monthly water bills and reduce your dependence on fossil fuels- you’ll also set a good example for the rest of your family!