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AT-HOME HABITS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

  • AT-HOME HABITS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

    Reducing CO2 emissions is directly related to a being aware of the energy you’re using or how much of it comes from renewable sources.

    I’d like to suggest some good habits you can practice at home to add your grain of salt when it comes helping our planet.

    LET’S TALK THE 3Rs

    • Reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s an old slogan you’ve heard a million times but there’s something to it. Use what’s necessary and avoid the impulse buys you almost always toss out a few months later. But before throwing things out consider if they could be useful in the kitchen, for pet care or in a workshop, etc. And separate your throwaways into organic or inorganic or whatever categories exist in your community.

    LIGHT RIGHT

    • Replace regular lightbulbs with energy savers. Ecological bulbs reduce energy consumption by two-thirds over incandescents. And they also bring down your electric bill.

    SAVE THE PLANET BY SAVING ENERGY

    • Get into little energy-saving habits that end up doing a lot. Turn off and unplug kitchen gadgets you’re not using. Try drying clothes on the line; you’re saving energy and they smell great when you pull them down. Disconnect old chargers for phones you traded in long ago. Turn out all lights when you go out.

    • Keep your fridge clean and simple. Remember everything you store there consumes energy.

    SHOP SMART

    • Stop buying cheap clothes you never wear and take care of the clothes that really make you feel good. Get involved in swap meets and maybe even make some money selling things you no longer want or use.

    • Make shopping lists (on paper or on your phone) and it’s easier to avoid making impulse buys.

    The global carbon footprint from wasted and discarded food is estimated to produce 3.3 billon tons of CO2.

    HERE ARE SOME TIPS FROM THE UNITED NATIONS FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION

    TO HELP YOU WASTE LESS

    • In restaurants only order what you know you’ll eat; you can always order something else if you’re disappointed with the first choice. No need to think that having too much on the table is the way to go.

    • When there is too much food, take it home to reheat the next day or chop up as an ingredient in something you love cooking in your kitchen. Remember to keep an eye on the refrigerator so food doesn’t spoil.

    • Let go of your food having to be perfect in appearance to be eaten. Start learning about how what on the outside needs washing, is a little bruised, or black or squishy could still be delicious, nutritious food on the inside.

    • Take a look at your refrigerator and check for the right temperature. Don’t cram too much no matter how big it is. A crowded fridge consumes lots of energy and something is sure to spoil anyway.

    • If you end up with excessive food quantities or are on the road with leftovers, don’t throw them away. There’s always someone who needs them, including food banks. Remember you have the option to help feed the less fortunate by donating or just plain giving food away.

    • Remember organic foods that go bad can always be added to your compost pile, to prevent they degrade in dumps and landfills that produce way too many greenhouse gases.

    Get more tips from these links:

    https://www.greenpeace.org/mexico/blog/49009/50-tips-para-cuidar-el-planeta/

    https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-45792863

    https://news.culturacolectiva.com/mundo/formas-de-reducir-tu-huella-de-carbono/

    https://www.climaterra.org/post/la-huella-de-carbono-del-desperdicio-de-alimentos

    https://www.ucentral.edu.co/noticentral/10-mandamientos-del-consumo-sostenible

    https://porelclima.es/toolbox/192-reduzco-el-uso-de-productos-desechables

    https://www.fao.org/food-loss-and-food-waste/flw-data