Here are some easy, practical tips on how to green your lifestyle and reduce your carbon footprint.
Each involves a little pinching and stretching across the major carbon producing aspects of your life: diet, transportation, and entertainment.
Drink More Tap Water And Less Packaged Beverages The green factor of bottled beverages pales in comparison to the simplicity of tap water. Consider all the embodied energy consumed making the packaging, refining the sugar and artificial flavors, mixing in the heavy water, bottling and smartly labeling it, then transporting long distances and keeping it chilled either in the dispensing machine, at the supermarket, or in your refrigerator. The energy involved filtering water and pumping it to your faucet is minuscule in comparison. Bring it with you whenever you go in a personal reusable container.
Eat Less Meat, Especially Red Meat Meat production consumes an inordinate amount of energy; feeding, ranching, transporting, butchering, distributing and freezing. Surprising, the worst offensive culprit in hurting the environment is that cattle belch and excrete incredible amounts of greenhouse gasses, mostly methane, which is much more powerful at capturing heat than CO2.
Walk About German citizens have one of the lowest per capita footprints in the world because they spend their leisure time on carbon neutral activities. Hiking is a national pastime. The more you are walking, the less you’re burning fossil fuels. (assuming that you don’t drive your Suburban 500 miles to the trailhead) You don’t necessarily have to take a High Sierra hike, just a walk-about around your neighborhood, nearby park, or town. Walk over to a friend’s place or walk off a few errands. Be sure to turn off all lights, dial down the thermostat a bit and unplug any unused chargers to minimize phantom electricity before heading out on your next great adventure.
Finally Changeout and Toss Those Incandescent and CFL Bulbs Pick one room in your home that’s used frequently and ndustrial cleaners and now organic cleaners. Vinegar, which is naturally full of powerful cleaning ammonia, can probably take care of any cleaning challenge. It’s natural and inexpensive, give it a try and leave all those sweet smelling cleaners on the grocery shelves, save money, eliminate the chore of recycling all those fanciful looking empty containers.