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5 Ways to Minimize your Carbon Footprint as a Consumer

5 Ways to Minimize your Carbon Footprint as a Consumer

Climate change is a growing concern in lieu of recent reports predicting catastrophic damage much sooner than previously thought. That means that large companies, the largest carbon producers, need to make some rapid changes. It also means that everyone needs to do their part. 

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One of the most overlooked areas of carbon emissions is consumerism, and demand for products can sway corporate policy. Therefore, changing buying habits really can make a difference. 

5 Ways to Minimize your Carbon Footprint as a Consumer

1. Eco-friendly Companies: 

Many companies have already started their path toward eco-friendliness. Large shipping companies are vowing to use alternative energy, but cutting carbon emissions is a lofty goal. That is why consumerism can help to speed up the process. 

When available, only purchase items that are engaging in global efforts to combat climate change. Even small companies can do their part. 

WeWood, a wooden watch company, plants a tree for every watch they sell. They have planted hundreds of thousands of trees, which aids greatly in climate change efforts. 

The big box store Target is making an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Buying from companies that are actively engaged in lessening the harm they do to the planet is socially responsible, and it persuades the competition to follow suit. 

2. Sustainable Materials: 

Buying items made from sustainable materials instead of products made from plastic or products of deforestation also helps the environment. 

One of the most popular trends in environmentally sound purchases is bamboo. Bamboo requires very little water, does not have to be replanted, and it grows quickly. Bamboo forests may save our current forests, and it can be made into nearly everything standard logs can produce. 

3. Re-used and Recycled:

Items made from recycled material are typically a good option for purchasing and reducing your carbon footprint. 

Reclaimed or re-used items are a surefire way to reduce waste. Companies that use reclaimed wood, for example, get the beauty of exotic wood without killing trees. 

4. Used Items: 

Buying used items such as tableware or clothing keeps it out of landfills. People in developed countries often throw away items because they tire of them rather than the item being of no use. Check out your local thrift store, and you’ll find many like-new products. 

5. Composting: 

Lastly, watch what you are throwing in the trash. If you are recycling and composting, your garbage will be minimal. Composting also provides rich soil for the garden. 

Some efforts to fight climate change, like composting, require some effort to make a difference. A lot of impact can be made in consumer choices, like buying from environmentally responsible companies. It sends a message to all companies that they will need to get involved in the effort in order to succeed.