The biggest part of my carbon footprint is the food part, mostly because I eat a lot of meat. It is not good, but I do it anyway…
Does someone have a piece of advice for me to improve this? Because I really do not want it to be “of the table”…
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(I apoligize if my text contains grammar and/or spelling mistakes. I try my best but I am still not very good at English)
As it is today, new things are almost old the moment you buy them, because technology etc develops really fast. Always having the latest version of a cellphone, for example, is therefore really difficult.
I think that many rich countries have become “slit-och-slängsamhällen” wich is a Swedish expression that almost means “use-and-throw-away-society”. Things are not made to last long anymore, you are supposed to buy new things after a few years wich makes things that could last for fifty years back in the days only last a few years, such as saucepans and kettles, for example. Needs become more needs because lots of things aren’t made with quality anymore.
I have two things that is “off the table” for me. First up is my laptop. i use it in school for different projects and hand-ins, and much of our school’s subject- and test information requires a computer to read. Second is my video games. They make up a lot of my free time, so I don’t want to give them up. Also, they’re fun.
I have a small food garden at home where we grow different vegetables during summer. It is a lot cheaper than having to buy vegetables from the store. Also the vegetables at the stores might have been raised with vermin toxins and such. So, I think that it is at least a little climate-friendly to eat locally grown food.
Obviously public transportation is a fantastic way to reduce carbon in our environment!
But people like myself would much rather use personal transportation such as a car/scooter to get wherever you want whenever you want.
I only take bus to school now because I CAN´T take my scooter due to that I live in Sweden and there´s snow here.
Also I´m often late to school only because that the busses are late or doesn´t even show up!
A local/global improvement on this would be welcome.
If I ran my household things I would do to reduce my family’s carbon footprint are paying bills online, eat more homemade meals, and even small things like cleaning out the lint filter in my dryer. The reason I chose that I would want to pay bills online is because according to http://paysimple.com/blog/2008/03/26/lighten-your-carbon-footprint-paperless-invoicing-and-homegrown-tomatoes-2/ “If every household in the US paid their bills online then we would save 18.5 million trees each year, or the amount of lumber needed for 216,054 typical single-family homes.” I would choose to feed my family with more homemade meals, as opposed to frozen boxed meals, because, although frozen boxed meals are convient, it costs more to keep the boxed meals frozen through the process of shipping. Cleaning out the lint filter in your dryer allows the dryer to use less energy which also makes your electricity bill lower. You can find some more neat ways to lower your carbon footprint at http://www.squidoo.com/Carbon-Footprint-2.
My family has considered having a garden in our backyard for awhile now. I think that have a backyard garden is a great idea! It lowers your carbon footprint, is healthier for you and tastes better. The reason a backyard garden lowers your carbon footprint is because the transportation of the produce takes alot of energy. It’s a lot easier just to walk to your back yard to get your fruits and vegetables than to make an extra trip to the grocery store. Also when you’re growing your own produce you know what is being used on them, and you can prevent the use of pesticides. Even though it’s great for reducing your carbon footprint it is labor intensive and you must keep good care of it.
Want and need are misused words nowadays. You can want new clothes, the latest iPhone, the coolest car, but someone only really needs things like food, water, and medical help. I think that people are supporting the fact that cell phones and such are necessary but buying a new cell phone every year is not. Having these types of things is a privilege that only requires a new version if maybe the old version is harming the Earth or it is broken. Even so, it’s shows that you may not really respect the gift of a cell phone. There are many times where I’ve wanted to beg my parents for a new iPod or phone, but I’ve been working hard to stop myself ever since I calculated my carbon footprint. If you’re really desperate for a new phone and still want to be good to the environment, check out the eco-friendly phones in the URL below. The many of the phones are made up of recycled material, chemical free, or easy to recycle. As long as you’re conscious of the Earth while still spoiling yourself a bit, it wouldn’t be that bad.
There are so many green products available for us to buy. Even Crayola has started using recycled plastic when making their markers, but why are there still so many products being sold in stores that aren’t eco-friendly? Below is a website where you can by green products. You can purchase anything from flooring and office supplies to clothing and furniture.