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The Top 5 Unusual Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. The sooner mankind accepts this idea, the further we can move away from the practices that destroy our planet.

As much as we can blame environmental degradation on ignorance, surveys have found that 73% of people want to know how to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. The fact that there is an interest for this change is absolutely remarkable, so it’s now our duty to be informed on how to make that change.

Here’s 5 unusual ways you can reduce your carbon footprint that you may have not thought of…

  1. Unplug your appliances. Even when they’re turned off, unplug your appliances when not in use. The term ‘phantom energy’ refers to when power is drawn to your appliances even when not in use, and this is a common occurrence in everyday appliances such as TVs and microwaves. Not only can you save on your energy bill, but you can reduce unnecessary energy consumption.
  2. Take economy class. It isn’t called economy class just because it’s cheaper but because it’s much more eco-friendly. Business class is responsible for three times as much emission as economy class and first class is responsible for almost nine times more, this is certainly unacceptable unless the airline assures carbon offsetting. If you can’t avoid travelling on planes, consider taking economy class!
  3. Plan your outings. We all have those days when we drive around in circles trying to figure out what to do. Take some time before you leave to identify what you want to do and use Google maps to identify the shortest route. A recent study conducted by University of Toronto researchers found that just 25 percent of cars they measured produced about 90 percent of the total traffic-related air pollution. This needs to change!
  4. Use recyclable trash bags. You probably didn’t know this even exists, but there are alternatives to your notorious black garbage bags. Look out for the white recyclable ones which are biodegradable because it will make a significant difference. The ocean is full of waste that can be easily replaced with ones that do not consistently hurt the environment, so make this effort because it isn’t costly.
  5. Get politically active. Most people look at environmental preservation as a personal obligation but it is also a civic duty. It is important for you to practice your right to vote and highlight the issues we have in society today, especially regarding pollution. While changing your lifestyle could make a great difference, changing policy will make the biggest difference!

Living consciously is about taking control of your life, about thinking about your decisions rather than making them without thought. Take these options seriously and give it some real consideration because collectively it will change everything. 

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