No one’s asking you to go vegan; just eat a little less beef. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization states “14.5% of all greenhouse gas pollution can be attributed to livestock.” 65% of that comes from raising beef and dairy cattle. Some studies even show that becoming a vegan would reduce your carbon footprint more than giving up your car! When you really need a hamburger, eat local! Transporting food requires petroleum-based fuels and accounts for an estimated 13% of greenhouse gases.
More insecticides and pesticides are used to grow cotton than most other crops. It also requires more water to produce, and that water is then tainted with all those chemicals before it seeps back into the ground. So instead of using a cotton ball to clean your face, reach for a washcloth or facial cleansing muslin cloth.
Rather than buying items you use only a few times per year, rent them. Besides lowering consumption and saving money, renting has endless benefits. Not only can you always use the latest technology, you don’t have to worry about storage. And if you loan out your stuff, you’ll earn some money back on those purchases.
Want to know what impact your carbon footprint has on the world? Check out Consumer Consequences and answer a few questions about your lifestyle. You will quickly find out how many earths worth of resources we would need if everyone in the world lived like you do. What a wake-up call!
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