Looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint on the day to day? We have some ideas!
- Convert incandescent light bulbs to modern LED bulbs. LED bulbs are 4 to 7 times more efficient than the typical incandescent or halogen equivalent, have a lifetime of 15,000 to 20,000 hours. For more information on which LED bulbs to select, head over to http://energyrating.gov.au/document/fact-sheet-led
- Start a vegetable garden and plant fruit trees. Growing your own fresh produce is an extremely rewarding activity, and will save you hundreds of dollars a year off your grocery bill.
- Coffee drinker? Every year more than 2.5 billion disposable cups are thrown away, as most cups end up in landfill, this equates to 25,000 tonnes of waste. Make your difference today and purchase a reusable coffee cup to use on your daily commute or at your favourite coffee shop. Jump over to http://www.biome.com.au/564-reusable-coffee-cup to have a look at some great reusable cups!
- Purchase a reusable grocery bag. Australians use 3.92 billion plastic bags a year, that’s over 10 million new bags being used every day. An estimated 3.76 billion bags or 20,700 tonnes of plastic are disposed of in landfill sites throughout Australia every year. Australians dump 7,150 recyclable plastic bags into landfills every minute or 429,000 bags every hour.
- Opt to have you bills sent via email rather than having paper copies mailed. Not only will this reduce paper waste, but also reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating the need for vehicles to deliver your mail.
- Donate your unwanted clothing items to charity. Donating clothing helps reduce the amount of new clothes being put into circulation, while also assisting those less fortunate.
- Drive to work? Dedicated two days a week to walking, riding , or catching public transport instead.Australia’s 11 million cars produce more than 46 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), so your choice of car and how you use it can make a huge impact.
- Choose Fair Trade certified goods when possible to support companies dedicated to sustainable production and paying laborers a fair wage. Buy organic food whenever possible; it may cost a little more, but it keeps harmful pesticides out of our land and water, protecting farm workers, wildlife and your family.
- Reduce the amount of meat you eat. The meat trade is one of the most environmentally destructive industries on the planet, responsible for pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and habitat destruction. Even cutting out two meat meals a week can help create a more sustainable environment.
- Shop and eat local food. Most meals we eat travel great distances, sometimes around the world, to end up on our plate. Locate a local farmers market and purchase local organic food to help reduce the carbon emissions from produce transport. You will also be supporting small business, win win!