Your carbon footprint is probably something you’ve been hearing about lately and likely will hear increasingly more of in the coming years. These are some good things to know about carbon footprints.
Your primary carbon footprint is something you have direct control over, as it is the measure of direct carbon dioxide emissions from what you do such as taking a car or plane trip. Your secondary carbon footprint refers to the indirect emissions from the lifecycle of the products that are used in your daily life, from the manufacture to the breakdown of the product. It’s not quite as under our control, however in a less direct way, we can still effect how much of a secondary footprint we leave by consuming less so that less emissions are caused on our behalf overall.
Here are some other tips to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment.
1. Buy organic food
Organic food is more likely to have been grown in an environmentally friendly manner, with fewer or no harmful chemical pesticides for fruits and vegetables.
2. Buy local food
Instead of buying imported food and goods, try to buy locally-produced items. Farmer’s markets are a great way to purchase locally grown fruits, vegetables and other food products. These items did not have as far to travel and so less carbon emissions went into getting them to you.
3. Turn off and/or unplug appliances when they are not in use
Save energy consumption and carbon emissions by switching off items that are not in use. Even better, when possible unplug the appliance altogether as often even in “standby” mode, a considerable amount of electricity is used, generating more emissions even when completely unnecessary.
4. Don’t buy bottled water
From the shipping to the biodegradation of the small plastic bottles and the space they take up in landfills (or gutters, parks, oceans, etc.), bottled water contributes a lot to carbon footprints and general environmental harm. All the worse when these bottled waters are imported from across the globe. Use a reusable waterbottle and use water refill stations instead.
5. Use an eco-friendly junk removal company for your spring cleaning
Many times when we partake in our annual spring cleaning, we’ll have a lot of items that could probably be recycled or donated but just end up at the dump instead. Usually this is simply because we are overwhelmed with the junk and don’t have time to sort it out. When the major cleaning attack is over, we just want it gone. A more responsible way to take care of this junk is using a junk removal company locally, like Brampton junk removal services. They will take care of the hard work for you and make sure it is sorted in the proper way and disposed of with considerably less of a carbon footprint.
6. Think about the packaging
Some products (including food products in restaurants, especially fast food joints) are notorious for being overpackaged in many layers of cellophane, paper, cardboard and more. Try to buy products with minimal packaging, say no to bags you don’t need, and at fast food places try to get just the sandwich without all the excess wrapping.
Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to a smaller carbon footprint. The earth will thank you for it.