Five Ways to Brag About How Small Your Carbon Footprint Is
Buy Reusable Stuff!
And not just straws! There’s a ton of stuff that you can reuse and be more conscious of in your daily life. Try to remember to bring reusable bags to the grocery store, bring a sturdy Nalgene or Camelbak to class instead of an individual plastic water bottle, and avoid disposable silverware, plates, and cups when you can. Oh, and K Cups—there’s no excuse to be using a piece of plastic for every cup of coffee when they sell a reusable one!
Plus, there’s a ton of other practical (and cute) things that can be reused, like these adorable reusable sandwich bags.
Save time and money by checking out your local grocers, boutiques, and cafes! You’ll eliminate transportation costs by staying close to home, and by supporting local small businesses and farmers, you’re helping preserve the local environment. Additionally, if people are working close to where they live, they’re saving energy by not driving as far to work as well!
Check out these local co-ops and restaurants that support local farmers and business owners.
This is one of the easiest and painless ways to make sustainable changes to your lifestyle. By eliminating meat from your diet just one day a week, you can save thousands of gallons of water and tons of fuel: an estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef.
It’s also healthier to cut a bit of meat from your diet! Red meat consumption has been linked to high levels of cholesterol and even various types of cancer, while plant-based proteins are higher in fiber, iron, and zinc with lower levels of saturated fat.
Become a Transit Guru
Take advantage of your city’s metro system! The Twin Cities has gotten countless recognition for its sprawling web of metro transit options, making it simple (and cheap!) to scoot around the city.
Plus, not driving a car every day is the number one way to shrink your carbon footprint, due to vehicles being the number one emitter of greenhouse gas emissions.
According to the EPA, food scraps and organic waste makes up 30 percent of what we throw away, adding to landfills and releasing methane to the atmosphere. If those materials were composted, they could enrich the soil and lessen the need for chemical fertilizers!
You can start by finding a dry, shady spot in your yard or get a small bin for your kitchen, and alternate placing green (fruit and vegetable waste, coffee filters and grounds) and brown (twigs, leaves, other outdoor items) waste in a pile! This will eventually turn into a heaping pile of nutrients for the soil and can be used as a natural fertilizer or just left to continue nourishing the surrounding area.