Easy ways to improve your carbon footprint
Carbon pollution has always been a hot topic when it comes to environmental responsibility, especially when you’re trying to make positive choices that won’t have damaging long term consequences on the planet. Many people wrongly assume that transport is the only way they can actively influence the lowering of carbon emissions, and yes it’s a huge part, but there are other easy ways to improve your carbon footprint in other areas of your life. Here are some simple changes you can make for the better:
Travelling by car is undoubtedly a huge part of the carbon emission problem, however there are alternatives to this mode of transport if you are committed to making a positive environmental change. Try public transport, planning your shopping trips out in advance so that you avoid unnecessary trips, or carpooling with colleagues who live near you so that you reduce your number of journeys slowly over time. If you simply can’t avoid car journeys alone, then make your car as efficient as possible so that your journeys aren’t causing any unnecessary carbon emissions – check your tyre pressure, drive at the speed limit and avoid unnecessary acceleration and braking.
Transport emissions aren’t just generated when you drive somewhere – think bigger, more global. The fresh produce that you buy might have come from much further afield that your local producers, but if you make the change and switch to buying local it’s an easy way to improve your carbon footprint too.
Working at it
When we’re at work, our attitudes to recycling and energy saving might be more relaxed than they would otherwise be at home. However, since we spend the majority of our waking hours during the week here, it makes sense to find easy ways to improve our carbon footprint in every element of our lives. Think easy changes – like turning off the boardroom lights when not being used, or having the printer on standby until it’s needed, or abandoning the fight for the air con in favour of opening the windows. If you’re not already doing it, recycling at work is an essential part of reducing your carbon footprint and an easy change to implement.
Say no to food waste
Throwing away food waste is a terrible thing to admit, so take action today and make the promise that this will be the last week you waste any of it. Plan your meals out in advance so you only buy what you need, actively think about portion sizes so that no food is wasted at the end of a meal, and what you can’t use, freeze to save it for another day.
Making your home more eco-friendly
Insulating your home to prevent heat loss will help improve your carbon footprint, as will making more efficient use of natural elements like solar power so that you’re not relying as heavily on electricity and fossil fuels. Recycling at home is obviously essential, so take the time to so.