From cutting down on meat to buying less and supporting clean sources, here are 6 ways to reduce your carbon emissions:
1. Water conservation:
- Take shorter showers!
The easiest (and fun) way to have short showers is by listening 2 to 3 songs (around 9 min in total) and shutting off the shower once the last one was over.
- Swap to natural/eco-friendly soaps. Avoid body and dish soaps made with harsh chemicals or toxins, when they go to the drain the water supply will be polluted. Have you tried shampoo bars or soap bars instead?
2. Energy Efficiency:
- Switch to sustainable/green energy whenever is possible.
For instance, in Sweden, we have the option to choose electricity from renewable resources. It could be power generated from water, wind or the sun or any other source that is replenished through a natural process.
Search and ask if you have similar options available in your area!
- Unplug your devices. You might be surprised to learn that all electronics suck energy when they’re plugged in, EVEN IF they’re powered down. The simplest way to save energy is by actually unplugging your devices unless you are actually using them.
3. Buy less, choose well.
- Minimize purchases of new products, especially resource-intensive products.
- Choose quality over quantity.
- Embrace a minimalist lifestyle. Declutter your home and donate what you no longer use, keep only the things that bring you joy.
- Buy, borrow or rent used clothing, electronics, house decorations and furniture, cars and other products whenever possible.
- Stop eating or (cut down) meat. Limiting your meat consumption can make a huge difference. Greenhouse gas emissions from agribusiness are an even bigger problem than fossil fuels.
- Buy local, organic, plant-based, unprocessed foods from local farmers, farmers markets, green restaurants, and health food stores.
- Minimize food waste by planning out meals ahead of time and freezing as much as possible.
5. Traveling and leisure time
- Fly less and, when you do fly, purchase carbon offsets. (if you are new to carbon offsetting, you can start reading here)
- Support some economy sharing companies, such as Airbnb.
- Choose green hotels/accommodation and encourage them to green their practices.
- Favor low energy-intensive activities over gasoline-powered equipment. For instance Hiking vs. sky diving, Kayaking vs. powerboats, etc.
6. Other ways to reduce your carbon footprint
- Learn the 5 R’s
Rethink and simplify.
Reduce: start by reducing your trash in the areas where you make the most.
Reuse and repair: Use it again!
Recycle: The most well known of the waste hierarchy, but it takes a lot of energy and money to collect recyclable materials and then melt them down and make new things from them. However, it does help to reduce the number of virgin resources that need to be harvested and processed for the manufacture of new products.
- Support clean sources and projects. Think of having a monthly carbon credit subscription.
- Learn more about climate change and share what you learn with others. Below some links that you can check:
Incredibly, all these small changes in your lifestyle can make a huge impact to reduce your carbon footprint.
They are so simple that anyone can make put them into practice immediately.
Do you have any other tips or strategies you use to reduce your ecological footprint? Let us know in the comments below!
And remember…small actions can make big differences!