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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Drew S USA, Feb. 26, 2014

Hello my name is Drew and i am from the USA, and i just wanted to state how i feel about the importance about reusing and also repurposing used or maybe old goods. My mom has always been the worst when it comes to something get old and just throwing it in the trash or saying take it to the dump. My dad and i are all the time trying to find ways to figure out what we could do to repurpose something. We have took old wood from random stuff and made chairs and also and metal is saved never know if need to make something when welding. Also i think the way we recycle right now is correct but the thing would need to improve is getting as many people as possible involved, then we would notice the change. It would be massive!

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Kornelijus G-Lithuania, Feb. 26, 2014

I am from Lithuania and my carbon foot print is higher than the average in my country. To be honest, I can’t believe that it is true, because my family and I are environmentally friendly. However, we decided to change our life style, to reduce our carbon print.

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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Sabrina M-US, Feb. 26, 2014

I don’t think a better system than recycling and reusing can be developed. Recycling is a great way to make new things from used materials. Recycling might cost more and take more time but it keeps valuable materials out of landfills. The earth only has so many resources and we should conserve them for future generations. Repurposing is also a great way to reuse items that you have. Some companies make amazing and innovational things from recycled materials. I have seen things from book bags to seat covers that were made from simple things like grocery bags. I don’t think there is anything wrong with putting items that you’re not going to use anymore in the recycling bin. When I put things in the recycling I know there is a good chance that it will be used to make something else.

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Trey S-US, Feb. 25, 2014

Hello, my name is Trey and i live in South Carolina. After taking the carbon footprint test I realized how high my impact was on the environment compared to others. I’ve realized how just one person can make a huge change to the world just by cutting back on simple things
(driving, eating, etc.) and learn how to do them in a way that is good for the environment. My biggest impact was food, and even though I am a big eater of meat I know how i can cut back and learn how to eat efficiently to help lower my impact.

Trey S-US
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  • Adam Edmunds Adam Edmunds Feb. 26, 2014
    I was also surprised by the impact on the environment because of my carbon footprint. I believe that my impact because of transportation was the most surprising result I received. I do not think that I drive extremely often, I fill up on gas on average about twice a month. My family travels a fair amount during the summer. As average as I believed we were, my results proved that my family has a huge carbon footprint in the transportation category. We should consider ways to fix this. My impact because of food was also large, but I was not surprised about that one. I could also cut back and eat more efficiently.

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Harrison Brooks - USA, Feb. 25, 2014

Hey, my name is Harrison Brooks and I live in Clover South Carolina (practically the middle of no where). After completing my carbon footprint the first thing i noticed was how my food impact was way above average. Now, I really love food and eating meat is something i do in mass at almost every meal i have. I know having a ‘meat-less Monday’ would improve things a lot, but honestly its going to be very hard. What I’m going to try to do at first is start with a meatless meal for Monday. Then as my body becomes more accustomed to it, I can progressively build up the meat-less meals I have.

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  • Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Feb. 28, 2014
    Hello Harrison, my purchases section was about average. I buy new products regularly but not too often. This is directly affected by those weekends when heading out and shopping after a paycheck. I do this to replace my possessions that begin to become older and a little more out of date. But i think that everybody could lower their purchase footprints by holding on to those “out-of-date” possessions like phones for an extra couple of months. Over time if a lot of people would hold on to their possessions a little longer, then humanity's footprint would take the next step to removing our footprint.
  • Harrison Brooks - USA Harrison Brooks - USA Feb. 28, 2014
    Hola Ben, i understand what you mean about replacing “out-of-date” possessions. I often do that with things like athletic shoes (because of all the ware and tear from running). I completely agree with keeping more possessions for the better of the environment. I understand certain things are key to buying often, but for many people around the country, the media has been able to sway a huge amount of people to make 'unimportant' purchases. If we as could try to think logically in those situations, I feel our entire country could make large strides in making our footprint smaller in the world.
  • Harrison Brooks - USA Harrison Brooks - USA Feb. 28, 2014
    Hola Ben, i understand what you mean about replacing “out-of-date” possessions. I often do that with things like athletic shoes (because of all the ware and tear from running). I completely agree with keeping more possessions for the better of the environment. I understand certain things are key to buying often, but for many people around the country, the media has been able to sway a huge amount of people to make 'unimportant' purchases. If we as could try to think logically in those situations, I feel our entire country could make large strides in making our footprint smaller in the world.
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Rebecca P, Feb. 25, 2014

I’m from the Unites States and my carbon footprint is actually lower than the average persons. I do eat a lot of meat though. I have some type of meat almost every night for dinner. Even though my footprint is lower than average i could probably lower it even more by eating less meat and cutting out meat one night per week.

Rebecca P
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  • Maggie B-US Maggie B-US Feb. 25, 2014
    My Carbon Footprint for the food area is 1600 kg which is much lower than the average which is 4102 kg. Myself, like many others, eat a meat almost every night, but with the consumption of fruits and vegetables with my diet, it decreases my footprint instead of increases it.
  • Katelyn Curtin Katelyn Curtin Feb. 25, 2014
    Have you looked into foods that are almost like meat such as a substitute? I do not know if it would lower your carbon foot print to eat meat substitutes but looking into it wouldn't hurt. Trying something lie tofu that taste almost like chicken or eating bean patties that are almost like turkey burgers. You should also consider that it might be the type of meats you are eating. Maybe eating more deer or turkey which are wild animals and not red meat might have a different affect on you carbon footprint.
  • Rebecca P Rebecca P Feb. 26, 2014
    My family does not use the heat or air conditioning year around either because of the climate I live in, so that cuts down on my footprint a lot too. I also eat fruits and vegetables too , but not as much I should so maybe I could eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables.
    I haven't ever considered meat substitutes but I think it would have an affect on my footprint by lowering it. I will definitely consider it and look into it because I think everyone should do everything they can to lower their footprint and have a more positive affect on the environment.
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Discussions Discussion Reuse & repurpose
Rebecca P, Feb. 24, 2014

I think that dropping reusable items in recycling bins is actually a good thing. I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. As long as you put all the items in the recycling bins that you can, you will leave less of a footprint.

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  • Allison C-US Allison C-US Feb. 24, 2014
    I'd first like to say don't get me wrong—recycling is incredibly important and I very much so support and encourage it.
    There's nothing “wrong” with it, per se, but there are very real cons to recycling, mostly economic. The cost of processing recycled materials is oftentimes more expensive than it would be to just send them to a landfill. In the longterm, this probably isn't an issue, but it still shouldn't be overlooked. There's nothing without a downside.
  • Bryan Langston - USA Bryan Langston - USA Feb. 25, 2014
    My family recycles everything that we can, glass, cardboard, plastic, and chipboard. And I do agree that it will cost more to do it but the people who have to sift through it make money, which goes back into the economy. yes it may cost but it also pays and people making money will spend money.
  • Rebecca P Rebecca P Feb. 26, 2014
    Even if it costs more you should still continue to recycle. If you just throw everything in the land fill then some items will not break down and then they are just left to sit there and take up more and more space. For people who might live near a landfill, that will be even more of an unpleasant sight.

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Discussions Discussion Home grown
Andrea C-US, Feb. 23, 2014

When I got my carbon footprints back I was shocked to discover that the majority of my CO2 emissions came from food. Four meals out of my seven meals consist of meat; so to discover that meat is a large sum of the CO2 that I personally produce shocked me. I have also just found out that most meat will now give me acid reflux. In a strange way having acid reflux has made me cut down the consumption of meat I eat. I am not saying everyone should get acid reflux, but I am saying that is possible to eat less meat in order to cut down our CO2 emissions. In my hometown, we do not have a local garden, but our class is working to make one at the High School. I believe that our community would use the local garden, which would in turn help our environment. The only problem with the garden is the size, if it were to feed just half of our community the garden would have to be double the size that it is now.

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  • Emily R-US Emily R-US Feb. 25, 2014
    I completely agree with you Andrea that the town we live in, Clover SC, would greatly benefit from having more local food options. We have a few produce stands scattered here and there, but there is no established market for locally grown food. This poses a huge problem for people trying to reduce their carbon footprint by changing food habits. I feel that it is almost unrealistic to live completely off of a home garden and the few fresh food stands available. If a real difference is to be seen, and initiative will have to be made by towns as a whole. Farmers markets can help reduces wasted energy in transporting produce as well as eliminate foods made in factories with unnecessary additives! I think steps should be made to making the grocery store only an option and not the required.

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Discussions Discussion Student footprints
Quynh P-US, Feb. 21, 2014

Hello from the USA!
My name is Quynh and i took the carbon footprint test, comparing the my results to the average results of the carbon footprint, my result is about half of the average. Buttt that’s not the point, my results were still very high comparing to ones all over the world. The biggest category was my home. In a way, I can see how it was higher than the rest. To solve this, I can turn the lights off when exiting a room, turn fans on during the summer instead of blasting the air and/or even during winter, to wear more layers instead of increasing the temp in the house.

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Discussions Discussion Off the table?
Kike S_Spain, Feb. 16, 2014

Hi, i though my carbon footprint was going to be lower than the average in Spain, however, it is higher. My carbon footprint was about 9700kgs. I’ve noticed that i got a lot of kgs on food. I think it is because i dont eat very healthy and i eat lots of meat. Also I got a lot of kgs at home, i think we could reduce this part just not using so much electronics and recycling more.

Kike S_Spain
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  • Katelyn Curtin Katelyn Curtin Feb. 24, 2014
    Hi Kike my name is Kate and i live in South Carolina in the United States. I have some suggestions on how to get your food carbon footprint down. Perhaps maybe doing meatless Mondays or eating more vegan meals. I would like to know, do you have space for a garden and if you have thought about growling your organic fruits and vegetables?

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