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7 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint

If you’re adopting an environmentally conscious lifestyle, you’re likely looking for ways to decrease your carbon footprint, the total amount of greenhouse gasses generated by your day-to-day.

The good news is that reducing your carbon footprint is easier than you think! Let’s dive into seven no-sweat ways to reduce your carbon footprint this year. 

1. Reduce Plastic Waste 

In addition to bringing reusable bags with you when you shop, you can also opt-out of the excess shipping materials companies like Amazon use to pack products. When you choose “no-rush” shipping and follow these steps, your online orders will arrive with little to no plastic. Reducing plastic pollution is one of the simplest ways to reduce your carbon and plastic footprint! Going plastic-free will also make you feel better when the packages you forgot you ordered arrive (late-night shopping happens to the best of us). Side note - No.2 is completely plastic free!

2. Weatherize your Home 

Turning down your thermostat in the winter months can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. To combat the cold and adopt a more eco-friendly relationship to it, experts recommend weatherizing your home. Winterizing your house can be as simple as insulating your windows with easy-to-apply clings and weatherstripping your doors. While these green projects may take an hour or two, they’ll save you some green when it comes to heating, too.  

3. Choose Energy Efficient Appliances 

Energy efficient appliances use less energy to do the same amount of work. By opting for these earth-friendly alternatives, you’ll cut your energy use down and often save on other utilities like water. Look for Energy Star certified appliances when shopping to reduce your bills and your home’s impact on the environment. Who says your refrigerator can’t be your favorite part of your home? Not us! 

4. Buy Better bulbs

Did you know that CFL bulbs use up to one-fourth the amount of energy a traditional incandescent bulb does and lasts ten times as long? The fantastic thing is that CFL bulbs aren’t the only option. LED bulbs save even more electricity, though they’re a bit pricier than CFL bulbs. Whether you choose a CFL or LED bulb, you’ll see a difference in both your energy bills and your carbon footprint calculator! In addition to their environmental stamp of approval, CFL and LED bulbs offer better lighting for Zoom and selfies. Count us in! 

5. Unplug Your Electrical Devices 

The not-so-great thing about electronics is that they use electricity even when turned off. The United States emits roughly 44 million tons of carbon dioxide just by leaving electronics plugged in. Cut your carbon emission by pulling the plug on electronics when they’re not in use to save electricity and the planet! 

6. Opt for a Programmable Thermostat 

Smart thermostats are a popular method for reducing the impact of heating and cooling on our homes. These thermostats work to automatically control your house’s temperature and consider various factors like whether anyone is home, and offer personalized suggestions to save electricity. We’re all about smart technology and love how these thermostats are both chic and eco-friendly. 

7. Pay your Bills Online 

Choosing to pay your bills online and signing up for automatic bill pay are two of the easiest things you can do to simplify your life and reduce paper waste. Most providers will allow you to switch to automatic bill pay online or with a simple phone call. If you’re worried about forgetting payment dates, set a reminder in your calendar and create a separate email just for bill notifications. Once you go digital, your mail will be way less nerve-wracked and reserved for the good stuff like letters from family and friends! 

However you reduce your carbon footprint, it’s essential to realize that every bit counts! By staying committed and making easy swaps, you’ll make your home and the world a better, greener place. You can start by ordering No.2 bamboo toilet paper - we use 100% recycled packaging, we’re completely plastic free, and Responsible Forestry Certified!

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