Carbon Footprint and How you can Help Reduce it

Charlotte Miller

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Global warming is no joke. We are now seeing the effects of industrialization and globalization. But you stop industrial development and economic growth? There is no way technology will reverse its course, but we can all contribute to lowering our carbon footprint. One great thing you can do immediately is to shift to an eco-friendly toilet paper, and you can even get this online.  Check out an  to break your naivety. Purchasing online lowers your carbon footprint.

What is a carbon footprint? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines carbon footprint as a measure of the impact your activities have on carbon dioxide (CO2) levels produced by burning fossil fuels. It is expressed as a weight of CO2 emissions produced in tonnes. In simple terms, it is the amount of greenhouse gas you produce from all your activities—transportation, food, electricity use, etc.  

What are greenhouse gases? Greenhouses gases, found in the atmosphere, that trap heat from the sun, let the sunlight through and prevent the sunlight heat from leaving the atmosphere keeping the earth warm. Otherwise, it will be too cold for people to survive. These gases are carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, nitrous oxide, water, and chlorofluorocarbons. Sadly, industrialization and people’s lifestyle increase these gases so much that high atmospheric heat is causing global warming. 

Calculate your carbon footprint. Do you know how much carbon footprint you produce? There is a way to calculate your carbon footprint and ways to reduce it. The average global carbon footprint needs to drop by 2 tonnes to be able to per year to avoid increasing the rise in global temperatures. Australians average carbon footprint per person is 17 tonnes. That is way too high from the target of 2 tonnes. 

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How to lower your carbon footprint? 

  1. Solid waste management

Learn how to compost your kitchen scraps. And use eco-friendly tree-free toilet papers. Get what you need from an eco-friendly online store. Be mindful of the waste you throw into your garbage bins that end up in landfills. These landfills emit methane gas that is more potent than carbon dioxide. 

  1. Eat less meat

A concerned person will try to know where and how a food item is produced. Beef, dairy, even chocolates from deforested rainforest produce high greenhouse gases. Food products produced using a huge amount of water and massive land emits more carbon footprint. For example, regular beef in South America has three times carbon footprint than beef produced in Europe (based on land and water use), vegetables grown in greenhouses that use gas or oil for heat have high carbon footprint than vegetables grown naturally outdoors. 

  1. Easy on the gas 

Can you go carless for a year? That’s 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide savings, according to a 2017 study by Lund University and the University of British Columbia. One good thing this pandemic has created, bike enthusiasts! But if you have to use your car, avoid revving your cars, inflate tires correctly, remove unnecessary loads that weigh your car down or promote carpool.

  1. Less flight, less carbon dioxide

Burning fuels from planes emit carbon dioxide. And these days, when flights have limited capacity, the carbon emission per person increases. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), aviation accounts for two per cent of the global carbon emissions. 

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There are 25.7 million Australian as of 2021, and in relation to population, per person generates a toilet paper revenue of US$30.99. Imagine how much carbon footprint will be reduced if you buy your tissue paper from an eco friendly online store. Massive!