5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Everyone marches to their own beat, but there’s no two ways about the damage that we have done to Mother Earth. A little simplicity goes a long way and below are a few basic steps that you could apply to your daily life!
1. Make a simple commitment per week such as #GreenMonday or #MeatlessMonday to reduce your meet intake and inspire your community on social media to follow suit. If a ‘flexiterian’ diet is still something that you need to get used to, we highly suggest choosing other meat forms over red meat such as beef and lamb, as it consumes 11 times more water and producing 5 times more emissions.
2. A commute to work with public transportation over a single-occupancy vehicle makes a difference. Data shows that 20 percent of carbon emissions will be saved if one of five people rode public transportation daily.
3. “There are no shortcuts to anything beautiful”, and this quote would be a good reference of when you next visit a high-street clothing label that sells fast-fashion, or to your go-to e-commerce site that offers cheap deals of new styles every week. With the amount of fabric options we have available to create clothing with, cotton still remains to be a huge part of the textile industry. With the appalling demand for production, farmers across the world grow genetically modified cotton that relies heavily on pesticides, which directly affects the soil, animals and waterways, not to mention the impact on people with poisoning incidence. A great solution to tackle the problems on the consumption of fast-fashion would be to dress sustainably. Prosumers have started to adapt to the concept and brands are gradually routing towards using fabrics such as recycled cotton, recycled polyester and bio-fibers like Tencel into their main range for an ethical appeal.
4. While there are endless ways to reduce the plastic garbage that inevitably gets dump in landfills and oceans, we are here to re-introduce you to simple tools that every modern citizen should eventually own. The alternative of a bamboo or wooden ‘spork’ and glass straws will help eliminate the amount of disposable plastics used for dining. When it comes to personal hygiene, men should skip the disposable razor and upgrade one that lets you replace just the blade. In the ladies department, you could cut down on period waste with a menstrual cup.
5. If you have the luxury of a balcony, which is an equivalent to a backyard to compromise the dense living standards in the city, creating your own little garden has more pros beyond aesthetics. Consider growing bee-friendly flowers such as Lavender, English Daisies, Calendula or please your appetite with herbs and planters of vegetables for those weekend meals.
Above are just some suggestions to an endless list of things we could do to make a stance against climate change. Until there is a better solution humanity could offer, this is a humble reminder that the future will either be green or not at all.