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How to Minimise Your Carbon Footprint

9th March 2020

Everybody likes the idea of doing their bit to help the planet, but, unfortunately, not enough people actually see it through. There are a number of reasons why this could be the case, but the number one cause of why people never put their actions into place is because they believe that their small change won’t make a difference in the long run. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! The more people that start to embrace small lifestyle changes to reduce their carbon footprint, the better chance we have at saving the planet. 

If you are unsure about where to kickstart this new lifestyle, fortunately, there are some very easy changes that you can start to implement, including the following 3. 

Avoid fast fashion 

One of the biggest culprits in damaging the world has to be the fast fashion industry. The big-name brands that produce hundreds of different garments might be reasonably priced, but they aren’t environmentally friendly. The fabric they use is often made from cotton that has been genetically made, which can have a knock-on effect on our health if neighbouring farming fields have been sprayed with pesticides too. 

As well as this, due to the more mediocre quality of the garments, nearly 15 million tonnes of textile waste end up landfills every year because they are damaged after only a few washes. Instead of buying into this type of industry, opt for brands that use organic textiles that will last you’re a long time, but when they do reach the end of their life will be easily biodegradable. 

Change how you get around 

This change might take a while for you to get used to, but it can make the biggest difference in your individual carbon footprint. The combustion engines in most cars produce a number of harmful chemicals, such as carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. Carbon dioxide makes up for nearly 82% of all greenhouse gas production and responsible for climate change across the world. The astonishing figure has called many companies to rethink how we can change the way we get around.

One company that is considering the number of environmental pressures our world is currently facing is Electra-Zoom. They have come up with a convenient and affordable (and also quite fun) option that many people should consider opting for instead. Electric scooters are the perfect way to travel in built-up cities and the countryside, and even offer a portable frame that makes storage easy. With the latest tech build in, you can be certain that you can still get to where you need to be, but without the damaging effect that your car would have otherwise left. 

Other ways that can get around include public transport, cycling, or walking. 

Limit how much meat you eat 

When just starting new lifestyle changes to reduce your carbon footprint, you should only take small steps so that you don’t feel intimidated. So rather than putting a stop to eating meat altogether in your home, just start by slowly reducing how much you eat, or by taking out red meat. Red meat produces 5 times more emissions than other poultry, so by taking this particular type of meat out, you will already be making a difference to your carbon footprint. 

Posted by Mark at 8:45am

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