Your carbon footprint is a measurement of how much carbon dioxide you use and release into the atmosphere.
At a time when as a society, we are being increasingly conscious of how much carbon we’re emitting, it’s key to try and reduce the impact on the planet as much as possible.
Here are 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint without compromising on your quality of life.
1. Buy from sustainable companies
Most companies are now striving towards more sustainable policies for becoming carbon neutral or even carbon positive.
If you’re dedicated to sourcing your furniture sustainably without compromising on quality, you can buy your luxury furniture from green companies like Rockett St George, who are deeply invested in minimising their impact on the environment.
They also have a range of eco-friendly and vegan products, and all shipping packaging is recyclable or biodegradable.
2. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning
With the rise of influencers like Mrs Hinch, cleaning is now considered to be therapeutic and even fashionable.
By switching to eco-friendly cleaning products, you can take advantage of several benefits for you and your family.
For example, they are less harmful to the environment, and are often more suitable for those with allergies. These cleaning products are also often less abrasive and corrosive on surfaces, and they will not release chemicals into the water system or the surrounding air.
3. Shake up your transport choices
According to GreenMatch, diesel and petrol powered transport contributed to around 27% of the UK’s total emissions in 2019. Of that 27%, 97% of that was contributed by cars, making our vehicles one of the biggest polluters on the planet.
By switching to public transport where possible, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
4. Go meat free
Going meat free is becoming increasingly popular, both for interest in animal welfare, and for sustainability reasons.
Being vegetarian for just one day per week can save nearly 100kg of CO2, so you can make a significant impact just by having one meat-free day a week.
You can even build on that gradually, by switching up some meat from a few meals per week for meat substitutes. There are an increasing number of meat alternative brands, such as This, and their products are made to replicate chicken, bacon and pork as realistically as possible.
5. Reduce your disposable plastic use
Disposable plastics are one of the most harmful things to the environment, taking thousands of years to break down in landfill sites.
To create the most impact, ditch disposable plastics in favour of reusable water bottles, or recyclable plastics.
There are a few ways you can achieve this; ditch clingfilm in favour of bees’ wax wrap, which can be washed and reused, use reusable metal straws instead of disposable plastic ones, and make use of eco shops that sell loose items like cereal, pulses and nuts by weight.
Do you have any tips for being more sustainable? Leave your answer in the comments below!