With over 7 billion people on the planet, it’s easy to think that our eco-friendly actions won’t really make a difference. However, there are many simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint and lessen your load on the environment.
A carbon footprint refers to the amount of greenhouse gases that any given individual is responsible for putting into the atmosphere, which can contribute to climate change and global warming.
Doing your part to shrink your carbon footprint can be as simple as making a few tweaks to the way you eat, shop and maintain your home.
20 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint for Big Impact
1. Get Planting
Planting a tree is one of the most efficient ways you can shrink your carbon footprint. Not only do trees consume CO2 and help purify the air, but according to some studies one mature tree supplies enough oxygen for two human beings.
2. Wash Wisely
Washing your clothes in cold water eliminates 90 percent of a typical washing machine’s electricity usage, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. You can also save energy and water by only washing full loads or reducing water levels for smaller loads.
3. Catch a Ride
One of the simplest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to carpool to work. Carpooling cuts down on the number of cars and vehicle son the road, which translates to less carbon and other air pollution getting into the air.
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