6 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.

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One of my goals for 2020 is to reduce my carbon footprint. 

Greta Thunberg really got to me in 2019. Her ability to turn vague anxieties about the planet into a worldwide movement calling for global change… I mean, #girlpower. The girl got me thinking & the nerd in me got to researching.

 

Read on, for six ridiculously easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint today:

Meatless Mondays.

I think it’s been 2 1/2 years now since I gave up eating meat from mammals. (No beef, pork, lamb, or any other animals that have hooves & give birth to live babies…) & I’ve tried really hard at going dairy free… & failed miserably. I love cheese. However, in 2020 I’m committing to one day a week of no meat & dairy.

 

What? Yes, for real. Meat & dairy is responsible for 14.5 percent of manmade global greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from feed production & processing & the methane (25 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere over 100 years) that beef & sheep belch out. <- Gross, right? Every day you forgo meat & dairy, you can reduce your carbon footprint by 8 pounds—that’s 2,920 pounds a year.

 

SignedM. will be making Mondays in 2020 meatless. Who wants to join me?

Giving up fast fashion.

Online shopping is a favorite pastime of mine, I’ll admit it. Zara delivers boxes to my home weekly, because I just don’t feel guilty when spending less than $30 on trendy pieces that I know will go out of style in one season.

When I started researching the impact of fast fashion on our environment, I was shocked. Currently, the average American discards about 80 pounds of clothing each year, 85 percent of which ends up in landfills. & I know this is one area I for certain rise far above average. Reading this was a real gut check moment for this fashion lover. Furthermore, most of the inexpensive fast fashion pieces are produced in places like China & Vietnam & Bangladesh, which does more damage on our environment via the use of fossil fuels in shipping.

Really, this means one thing: my shopping habit just got a lot more expensive… since I’ll be making it a priority to invest in less trendy, higher quality pieces. Sorry Hubs.

 

Cut down on single use plastic.

A quick google search of “eliminating single use plastic” quickly opened my eyes to the gobs of plastic I use every single day. & just as quickly overwhelmed & disheartened me… is it even possible to eliminate single use plastic, & what difference can I really make? Then social media did that creepy thing where it confirmed that our devices actually are capable of reading our minds, & it showed me a meme saying ” ‘it’s just one straw” said 8 billion people”…

 

 

 

What switches have you made to reduce your carbon footprint?

Skip the straw.

Ok, before you start getting all up in arms… I know: Plastic straws make up less that 0.025% of the plastic in our oceans. But it’s an easy place to start, & something simple we can do as individuals. (This coming from a girl that used to keep track of how many drinks she’s had by the number of straws in her cocktail…)

 

Invest in a reusable water bottle.

The convenience of a bottle of water… I get it, I’m a huge fan. Between my home & my business, the number of plastic water bottles I’m responsible for is staggering. Yes, I do my best to recycle them… but I still decided to keep track. Between just Hubs & I, on an average Saturday spent at home, we’ll toss out a minimum of 12-16 plastic bottles. Hello.

 

Pack reusable shopping bags.

I have carried cute canvas totes around in my car for years… & do you think I remember to bring them inside the grocery story when I swing through? I’ve literally never once remembered.

& then I found these packable reusable shopping bags on Amazon. They are amazing, because they are small. I now carry at least one in every single purse I own.

Switch to glassware.

I’m a leftovers lover, always have been. I also grew up in a house with the most frugal woman alive… & spent my childhood years washing & reusing ziploc baggies a thousand times over. As an (unaware) adult, I swore that I’d not save the stupid baggies. As a newly aware adult, I’m swearing to not even purchase the stupid baggies & Saran Wrap, & switching over to glass containers for my leftovers.

 

 

 

What switches have you made to reduce your carbon footprint?

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