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Green Week Tuesday – Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

1 November 2016 | About a 3 minute read
Tags: charity, CSR, Green Week, Recycling


Let’s face it, when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint the main thing that gets in our way is convenience, or the lack of it. We take the easy route and end up using excess materials and energy that could easily be avoided.

I know what you’re now thinking, he’s going to try and convince me to live by candlelight, move into a tree-house and source the remainder of my energy from solar panels. Whilst I have genuinely done this at times on my travels, in general this is not a viable option. So instead, I’ll give you a few easy ways that you can be on your way to a greener future.

Food:

Packaging and transportation of our food makes up a significant portion of our carbon footprint. Try to eat locally sourced and in-season food whenever possible.

Coffee:

The UK uses 3 billion paper coffee cups a year, with <1% being recycled. Don’t add to this statistic, get yourself a re-usable cup! Many coffee shops also offer discounts for customers who bring their own cup so you could also save yourself a bit of pocket money whilst you’re at it.

Shopping:

Take your re-usable bags to the supermarket. Thanks to the UK Government’s recent legislation on plastic bags, their use has reduced by around 80%!

 Lighting:

Use energy efficient (CFL) lightbulbs in your house. They are ~400% more efficient than traditional bulbs and a CFL of the same brightness could save you £5 per year… every little helps.

Recycle:

Recycling reduces the need to extract raw resources from the earth. With as much as 80% of our waste being recyclable, this really is a game-changer. Most UK councils are now actively collecting recyclable waste, so it’s no biggy!

Travel:

Whether by choice or necessity, Londoners tend to be quite good at using public transport, but why not try walking or cycling part or all of the way to work? It’s good for both you and the environment!

Multiple Devices:

Working in the tech industry I understand the appeal of multiple devices and monitors, but take a minute to consider what you actually need to have on at any one time. Chances are you could turn something off.

Short, Sharp Showers:

A long known fact – showers use less energy than baths. But try to keep them short. If you’re feeling brave you could even have a cold shower.

 Work:

Try and encourage your workplace to use laptops rather than traditional desktops. On average laptops use around 80% less energy.

Vampire Devices:

These are the devices you’ve left plugged in or on standby. Quite simple – unplug them or turn them off standby. You’d be surprised how much this could lower your energy bill.

Plant a Tree:

Go on, why not? An average tree can absorb more than a tonne of C02 throughout its life.

 

So there you have it, your introduction to a greener way of living with just a few easy steps. If you want to know more about ways to reduce your carbon footprint here are a few useful links:

http://list25.com/25-ways-to-reduce-your-carbon-footprint/1/

https://bravenewclimate.com/2008/08/29/top-10-ways-to-reduce-your-co2-emissions-footprint/

http://www.globalstewards.org/reduce-carbon-footprint.htm

 

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