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25 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Save Planet Earth

25 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Save Planet Earth

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

"We are speeding toward the precipice of irrevocable climate chaos. If we want to stop the brutal future we have set in motion, we must decrease global carbon emissions by 50 percent per decade beginning now."  - Chip Fletcher

This past decade has been HOT. Like record-breaking heat dome hot, with little relief in sight. And we can thank that to climate change.

Climate change is undeniably the biggest threat to global health in the 21st century. The oceans are getting warmer, the sea level is rising, and the glaciers are retreating - all due to increased carbon emissions in the environment. 

The magnitude of this situation has encouraged many countries to work toward reducing their carbon emission. 

Although this is all very scary, we can all make changes in our daily lives to lessen our environmental impact. In fact, you can start by reducing your carbon footprint today.

What is a Carbon Footprint?

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas generated by an individual or event, and it's expressed as carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). 

Currently, one person's global average annual carbon footprint is 5 tons. But the average carbon footprint for a U.S. citizen is 16 tons, the highest in the world. 

Why is Our Carbon Footprint Important?

Human activities, including the combustion of fossil fuels and deforestation, are the primary cause of climate change. That's why it's up to us to solve the problem.

Using this online calculator, you can better understand this by calculating your own carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint indicates your impact on global warming, and by reducing it, you reduce your contribution to global climate change.

Not only does this help mitigate the effects of climate change, but it also helps improve public health, maintain biodiversity, and boost the global economy.

25 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint?

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint While Traveling

  1. Drive Less

Transportation alone accounts for 27% of the total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Try to walk, take public transportation, or share a ride to reduce CO2 emissions and traffic congestion.

  1. Avoid Unnecessary Braking 

If you can't avoid driving, try to drive efficiently—aggressive driving with unnecessary braking and acceleration results in 40% more fuel consumption. 

  1. Service Your Car 

You can increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions with good maintenance, clean oil, and properly inflated tires.

  1. Cut Down on the A.C.

Using less air conditioning in vehicles will ensure you burn less fuel and contribute less to greenhouse gas emissions.

  1. Avoid Flying or Fly Non-Stop

A single round-trip flight can significantly increase your carbon footprint. Try to take fewer flights; if it's unavoidable, try flying nonstop, as landings and takeoffs need more fuel and produce more emissions.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint While Eating

Eat Less Meat to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

  1. Eat Less Meat

Try eating more fruits, vegetables, and grains because growing plants requires less energy than raising animals. 

  1. Go Local

Buy organic and local food to reduce emissions during transportation, storage, and distribution. 

  1. Don't Waste Food

Global food loss and waste generate around 8% of the total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Try reducing food waste by planning your meal, buying only what you need, and reusing the leftovers.

  1. Compost

Try composting your organic waste to reduce the energy consumption of transporting the garbage from your home to a landfill. 

  1. Cook at Home

Frequently ordering food online can significantly increase your carbon footprint. On the other hand, home-cooked meals can reduce carbon emissions and food wastage and are also healthier and cheaper.

  1. Avoid Disposable

Use reusable utensils, spoons, plates, bottles, and containers.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint While Staying at Home

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at Home
  1. Reduce Energy Usage
Lower your thermostat a little in winter and raise it in the summer. Use less A.C. and opt for fans to reduce energy usage.
  1. Turn Down the Water Heater 

120˚F is sufficient when using the water heater.  

  1. Switch off the Lights

Always turn off the lights and other appliances when not in use.

  1. Get LEDs Lights

Incandescent light bulbs produce a lot of heat, whereas LED lights use up to 85% less energy and last up to 25 times longer. 

  1. Look for the Energy Star

While buying a new appliance, look for Energy Star certification, ensuring energy efficiency. 

  1. Perform an Energy Audit

Energy audits help determine where you're wasting energy in your home.

  1. Recycle your Waste Effectively 

Handle your house trash effectively to ensure recyclable waste doesn't end up in landfills.

  1. Talk to Your Friends and Family

One of the most important things you can do is talk to your friends and family about the dangers of climate change and how they can reduce their carbon footprint.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint While Shopping

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint while shopping

  1. Shop Smartly

Don't be fooled by marketing gimmicks; buy only what you need.

  1. Support Eco-Friendly Brands

Begin researching brands that offer sustainable and environment-friendly products. 

  1. Avoid Fast Fashion

Buying trendy clothes is not sustainable. Instead, opt for vintage or classic items you'll enjoy for years to come.

  1. Carry Your Own Bags

Reduce plastic usage and waste by carrying your own reusable bags while shopping.

  1. Consider the Fabric

Different fabrics have different carbon footprints. Do your research and try choosing natural over synthetic.

  1. Donate Old Clothes

You can always donate your old clothes to the less fortunate and your old sheets and towels to animal shelters.

Final Thoughts

These are some pretty simple ways in which you can reduce your carbon footprint. Some might be a little harder than others, but if you challenge yourself a bit each day, you will rest assured knowing you're helping our planet earth.

Since day 1, Alare has been committed to offsetting every order by planting trees. You can visit our forest HERE.

We're also proud to work with brands who are doing their part to reduce carbon through renewable energy use, carbon offsets, emissions reductions, and more. 

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