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Easy Ways to Reduce Your Daily Carbon Footprint

The planet is burning alive just a little bit isn’t it? Well, it’s more than just a little bit. The UK is declaring a Climate Emergency, and we all are doing our best to play our part in reducing emissions whilst the planet is dying around us. Species are dying out at alarming rates, the water levels are rising, and we’re seeing weather phenomena all over the world. It’s time we all make change, because if we don’t, we won’t have a planet to live on.
Today I’m here to offer a few quick tips on how you can make some easy changes in your daily life to help reduce your carbon footprint and change #HowMuchCO2 we use.
This post was written in collaboration with Viessmann.

Replace Old Boilers

Newer boiler models increase efficiency, and so have a knock on effect on carbon emissions! Less energy needed to heat water means easier access for water of the right temperature for you, and less of an issue for the environment! It seems gas boilers will be replaced by low-carbon heating systems in all new homes built after 2025 in an attempt to tackle the escalating climate crisis! Get ahead of the scheme, save some money in the long run, and reduce your effect on the environment!

Replace Single Use Objects

There are tons of ways to reduce your daily plastic usage by investing in a few reusable items rather than grabbing things on the go, plus all of these save money in the long term. By buying a reusable coffee cup, you’ll save money when buying your morning latte at most places, and save on countless cups (which often can’t be recycled due to being paper layered in plastic) and lids! Reusable water bottles are sturdier, free to refill in pretty much every cafe, bar and restaurant, and saves on countless single use plastic bottles.

By bringing your own lunch to work, you’ll save money, you’ll save a ton of plastics from food packaging and save the time it takes standing in the self-checkout queue in Tesco.

Shower Quicker

The average American uses 25,300 gallons of water a year! A year! How wild is that? An average shower uses about 5 gallons of water per minute. If you shorten your shower by even just 2 minutes, you can cut your water use by 10 gallons! It’s such a dramatic difference, one that is almost hard to fathom. Maybe just take a few minutes out of your shower, or at least switch off the shower when you’re using soap and shampoo. Take the time to sleep in instead!

Make Recycling A Key Habit

Most of us already do this, yes, but we can always do more, and need to make sure that we’re doing it correctly.

All food containers must be completely clean before being recycled, if you leave any food or residue, it’ll end up in the rubbish anyway. Make sure to flatten what you can, to make the most of your bin space, which is massively important with most councils in the UK only collecting recycling twice a month.

Buy things in recycled packaging as much as possible, and double check this, as Tetra Pak says that it’s made from recycled material, but the average Tetra Pak carton is only 18% recycled!

315 kg of carbon dioxide not released into the atmosphere each time a metric ton of glass is used to create new glass products! Just recycle, find a local recycling bank for larger items, donate things you don’t need, learn where your local fabric banks are, and just make a positive difference where you can!

Eat Less Meat and Dairy

Producing meat uses a whole lot of water, like a WHOLE LOT. Chicken came in at 4,325 litres of water per kg, pork at 5,988 litres per kg, sheep/goat meat at 8,763 litre per kg, and beef at a stupendous 15,415 litre per kg.  It’s difficult to ascertain the % of greenhouse gases that come from animal farming, but figures range from 6-32%. Even at the lower end, that’s a MASSIVE figure.

It’s not about making a complete lifestyle change, but making changes where you can. I’m vegetarian, and pretty bad at it. I still eat meat occasionally, but 90% of the time I’m meat free. I also try to avoid dairy for lactose reasons, skin reasons, etc. These little changes are getting easier and easier to make, and dairy alternatives are slowly getting cheaper!

Check out Viessman‘s infographic on The Carbon Footprint of (Nearly) Everything below:

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