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Lifestyle

How YOU can reduce your carbon footprint

By bzellie 14 Mar 2019

It would be great to grow your own fruit and veg and drive a hybrid car, but most of us don't have the money or the facilities to do this, especially as a student.


But there are a few easier ways to reduce your personal carbon footprint that you can implement as soon as today.

1. Eat less meat

The most effective action we can take is to stop eating meat, or less of it anyway. While no one is expecting you to turn vegetarian, eating red meat such as beef produces 11 times more emissions compared to other meats!

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2. Turn off electricals 

We're all guilty of leaving electronics on even though they are not in use. Anytime something is plugged into a socket it is draining energy, so unplug them at all times unless they are being used.

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3. Avoid 'fast fashion'  

Trends are always changing and retailers are bringing out new lines constantly, because of this ton of clothes are being thrown in the landfill. Instead, re-purpose old clothes, shop in vintage shops or clothes swap with friends and family.

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4. Eat local (and organic) food

If you can, it is always best to buy food that is locally sourced or grown. Buying local food supports your local economy and aren't sprayed with toxic pesticides, so not only is it better for you but better for the environment too. 

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5. Air dry your clothes

Drying your clothes the traditional way is much more environmentally friendly compared to using a tumble dryer. Tumble drying your clothes uses 5 times more electricity than washing them, so try to avoid this and let your clothes air dry.

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6. Drive less

It is so tempting to drive everywhere even if it would only take 5 minutes to walk, but there are so many alternatives. Consider walking or cycling, which is great exercise and eco-friendly!

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7. Reuse and recycle

All your rubbish contributes to your carbon footprint so try to recycle as much as possible. Reusing plastic bags when you go shopping and using reusable straws instead of plastic are just simple ways to help the environment.

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By making these few changes, it will soon become second nature and are immediately effective in reducing your carbon footprint!

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