Earth Day is on April 22nd and I got to thinking about my carbon footprint. I realized I don’t even know what my carbon footprint is. I googled and found a nifty carbon footprint calculator from the Nature Conservancy.
The calculator measures greenhouse gas emissions by estimating how many tons of carbon dioxide my household creates every year according to my habits. I plugged in my info, exerted some “yeahs,” “gasps” “oops!”
It was an eyeopener! It included habits I had no idea contributed to greenhouse gases. It’s helped me realize what more I can do to help the environment and reinvigorate my efforts.
As I am very concerned about the environment and my impact on it I strive to keep my carbon footprint small.
What I do to reduce my greenhouse emissions at work and at home:
- I use earth-friendly labels that will break down instead of stick around.
- I use recyclable containers. I eschew any unnecessary packaging.
- I reuse shipping boxes and recycle shipping peanuts.
- I never print out anything from the computer unless absolutely necessary.
- I use my car only when absolutely necessary.
- I use the power of my feet to do daily and weekly banking etc.
- I have changed all my lightbulbs to energy efficient light bulbs.
- I recycle and compost.
- I reuse and wash all Ziploc bags.
- I by biodegradable garbage bags.
- I use only reusable shopping bags for my purchases.
Things I want to do better:
- Use my car less. I got a bike!
- I really struggle with the paper towel thing. I don’t have a washer/dryer where I live so it’s tough to deal with reusable rags. If anyone has suggestions on how to change this I would love to hear them!
- My appliances are getting old and I would like to replace them with more energy efficient ones.
What do you do to reduce your carbon footprint and what can you commit to this year to make it even better?!
Birdy loves Earth Day. Being a bird, she is very susceptible to the delicate balance of the environment and likes to celebrate Earth Day like it’s her birthday.
So, happy bEARTHday!