5 Simple Changes You Can Make to Reduce your Ecological Footprint
Climate change is an important environmental issue that, within the last ten to twenty years, has been plastered all over the media. Newer generations are becoming older and more concerned with the environment and the impact that they are personally making. There is much more data-driven information out there today that we didn’t have in the past. The time to take action is right now. But are you wondering where to start? Here are a few easy changes you can make to reduce your ecological footprint without breaking the bank.
If you are a gardener or know someone that you can donate to, composting is the way to go. The best part of composting is that you can include a wide variety of items, from leaves and brush, to food scraps and even dryer lint! When composting, you will not only be saving money and resources, but you will also cut on the emissions it will take to transport those items. It also improves the quality and fertility of the soil by introducing much needed nutrients into it.
Don’t Take Baths. Do Take Shorter Showers.
Most of us love our hot showers or baths. They wake us up in the morning and relax us at the end of the day. But, did you know that taking a bath uses, on average, 35 to 50 gallons of water? And unless you have a water-efficient showerhead, a typical 10-minute shower could use up to 40 gallons of water! Skip the bath and take a shorter shower. Take a 5-minute shower and you could cut that number in half!
Change your Buying Habits
When you are at the store and making a purchase, stop and think, “Do I really need this?” If the answer is “no,” put it down. This can be difficult with some things, but try to live this way, especially for those impulse-buys. Avoid products that aren’t necessary and are made of non-renewable ingredients or packaging. Straws, plastic utensils, take-out containers made of plastic, and plastic grocery bags should also be on the “do-not-bring-home” list. Make sure the things you bring into your home are ecologically friendly and easily recyclable. A lot of companies are now using packaging that are compostable such as cardboard or even plant-based materials. Look for those products!
Do you work with someone who lives close by? Does one of your kids’ classmates live in the neighborhood? Choosing to carpool instead of driving solo is one of the most well known ways to help cut carbon emissions. Less cars on the road means less pollution in the air and water. Not only that, but it saves money and reduces traffic!
Eat Less Meat
No meat eater really wants to hear this, but the truth is that production of meat and dairy is responsible for about 14.5 percent of manmade global greenhouse gas emissions. This is largely due to methane emissions from livestock and fertilizers used. Deforestation is also a large issue as land is cleared to make way for livestock yards. Shifting to more plant-based foods can help fight climate change as well as land and air pollution.
Though it is hard to imagine what you cannot see immediately, these small changes can make a large impact. We at Arpin, take environmental action very seriously. In fact, in 2012, we became the first global van line to achieve 100% carbon neutral status. If you are looking to move, and want a company who cares about our shared environment, let us help you. Click here to read about our green initiatives and milestones. Get in touch with your local Arpin agent today!