Unfortunately, most individuals and families feel helpless when trying to limit the effects of climate change. It’s difficult to find methods for lowering carbon emissions that feel effective. Luckily, here are three ways your household can reduce environmental impact.
For years, we’ve taught the younger generation about the importance of the three Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle. However, most attention is paid to the first and last terms, with “reuse” often forgotten. Yet, repurposing much of the waste your household produces is perhaps the most effective method for reducing carbon emissions.
Simple steps like using old clothing as dish rags instead of throwing them in the trash significantly help the environment. And despite the temptation to upgrade older house equipment, limit your e-waste and repair appliances rather than replace them. When you can’t repurpose an item, always recycle it if possible.
Limit Amount of Driving
Vehicles are perhaps one of the biggest culprits of consumer carbon emissions, especially in our car-dominated society. Unfortunately, many towns and cities lack quick and effective public transportation, forcing countless families to purchase multiple automobiles just to get to work or school.
If you want your household to dramatically reduce negative environmental impacts, consider limiting the amount of driving you to do by either downsizing to one or two total vehicles or carpooling with family and friends. Additionally, always purchase used vehicles when gifting your children’s first cars, as these products have a minimal carbon footprint.
Consider Different Diets
Unfortunately, food products like meat and dairy are very harmful to surrounding ecosystems. Specifically, the meat industry produces exorbitant amounts of greenhouse gases, wastes millions of gallons of water each year, and contributes to land degradation. Consider switching your family to a more plant-focused diet that prioritizes meat substitutes and plant-based proteins.
This lifestyle is more environmentally friendly and, as a bonus, better for personal health. Luckily, you don’t have to give up meat dishes for good—simply limiting meat purchases and consumption helps reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
Follow these easy steps to ensure your household helps reduce negative environmental impact on your local community and environment. With attention to detail and commitment, your home can make a significant dent in climate change.