These days we hear and see the term ‘carbon footprint’ on the media, in newspapers, stores, and even in beauty blogs. There seems to be a heightened awareness of our environment, and many people are taking steps for a positive change. While you may feel like you’re not making a difference, even the smallest change can affect our planet. That’s why we wanted to share a few simple tips to reduce your carbon footprint. You’d be surprised by how easy and attainable it truly is!
If you love coffee as much as we do and you stop by a Starbucks, a Coffee Bean, or an Urth Caffe on your way to work, we can guess how many cups of coffee you have in a day or a week. Whether you have a cup of coffee or hot tea, most of us will have at least one a day. That means you’re using seven single-use plastics in one week. So rather than getting your morning coffee or tea in a disposable cup, invest in a reusable cup. These days you can buy reusable cups from nearly any retail store. Spot them in a cute boutique shop, your favorite cafe, or even in a Walmart.
Major supermarkets are also jumping on the wagon to reduce their carbon footprint. If you regularly do your grocery shopping, you’ll realize most supermarkets have removed single-use plastic bags from their stores. While stores still give you the option to purchase a paper bag, we recommend using reusable mesh produce bags if you want to reduce your carbon footprint even further.
Switch It Off
Simple things such as switching off your appliances can reduce your carbon footprint. Most families are fortunate to have amenities such as multiple televisions and washing machines within their households. Remembering to turn off certain appliances when they’re not in use can make a significant difference. Reduce your carbon footprint by turning off the television before going to bed, switching off the light in your room when you’re not there, and making sure your appliances are entirely off and not in standby mode.
Take a Walk
What means of transportation do you take to get to work, your gym, your friends’ house, or even the supermarket? While most of us in Los Angeles rely on our cars to get around, many people in other cities and countries use alternative transportation methods to reach their destinations. Some people walk, others cycle, and some utilize public transportation. If you live far from work, consider carpooling and taking turns to reduce your carbon footprint. After all, it never hurts to get some fresh air once in a while.
Skip the Red Meat
Who doesn’t love a big, juicy burger? Most of us indulge in one on our cheat days or even go all out at Mastro’s for a fat steak on a special occasion. However, studies have shown that avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your carbon footprint, as this industry takes up 83% of global farmland. While going vegan is a big ask, simply reducing your meat and dairy intake can significantly reduce an individuals carbon footprint. If your meals consist of heavy protein-filled diets, consider replacing your red meat with salmon or greens, like broccoli and asparagus.
Just remember, no one person is too small to have an effect on our plant. Now that you’ve got some pointers from us, how will you reduce your carbon footprint?