When we talk about our carbon footprint, it refers to the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organisation or community.

And when we talk about reducing this, we’re effectively looking to pinpoint the ways in which we can limit the repercussions these particular activities have.

You might be thinking you’re too small to make any impact at all, but every little bit counts.

So we’ve put together a list of all the simple things you can do in your day-to-day activities that will positively impact our environment and reduce your carbon footprint.

reduce your carbon footprint

Reduce & Reuse

Limiting the consumption of single-use plastic and re-using where possible is probably the simplest of ways in which you can immediately reduce your carbon footprint whilst also positively impacting your bank account!

Here are a few easy switches to make life waste free:

– Opt for a glass or a stainless steel water bottle
– Purchase a re-usable Keep Cup – although some take away cups may be recyclable the plastic lid is not. 
– BYO metal straw and refuse all plastic ones
– BYO canvas shopping bags & reusable produce bags – plastic bags can take up to 1000 years
– Store and pack your left-overs in reusable containers  

Travel Responsibly

A lot of what contributes to our overall carbon footprint comes from travel. Although vehicles may be becoming more fuel efficient, the emissions from burning fuel and the resources, (like plastic) needed to not only build but service the vehicles and its offerings in the first place are weighing heavily on the environment. 

Of course, there are several ways however in which you can travel thoughtfully and reduce your individual waste:

– Opt for public transport and ride/walk where possible.
– Minimise flying – take the scenic route and book a GoGet instead!
– Pack your own food instead of purchasing takeaway
– Avoid purchasing disposable products and bring your own eco-friendly alternatives such as bamboo toothbrushes and re-usable travel size shampoo/conditioner containers
– Go paperless with all tickets, documents and receipts

Eat Locally & Seasonally

By taking a step back and reviewing how you not only consume, but also source your food, is another extremely effective way to positively impact your carbon footprint. By eating seasonally and sourcing locally you’re also contributing to society and local community prosperity.

Here’s how:

– Eat locally – avoid eating foods that need to be imported
– Find your local farmers market and buy all your fruit and veg fresh (you can always book a GoGet to get there!)
– Avoid processed food where possible and purchase product without wrapping
– Plant your own veggie patch and create your own compost pot
– Limit your meat intake and try and purchase from a butcher or local stand at the markets