The US has the 9th largest carbon footprint in the world!  Thank goodness we aren’t number one, but still we are walking in some mighty large shoes and I think we can all agree that clown feet are simply not attractive.  So, what can we do to help the US slip into something a little slimmer? 

 

  1. Buy LOCAL & Organic.  Making a conscious effort to buy food within 100 miles of your home helps cut down on vehicle emissions, and trying to purchase organically grown foods mean that no pesticides are being emitted into the air, ground & your body.
  2. Bring your own bag.  The average family accumulates 60 plastic grocery bags a month, and in a best case scenario these bags will take 20 years to degrade.  So by the time that the first 720 bags finally degrade that family will have a total of 14,400 bags in the landfill.
  3. Drink tap water.  Bottled water can cost up to 10,000 times more per unit than the same amount of tap water.  The bottled water industry leaves a huge carbon footprint from manufacturing the bottles to shipping the final product.
  4. Energy-proof your home.  This can be as simple as turning the lights off & closing the vents in unused rooms to buying a programmable thermostat to installing a tank-less water heater & low flow toilets.
  5. Switch up your transportation.  Take a leisurely walk to the store, mass transit to the mall, or car pool to work.  The average American driver emits 11500 lbs of CO2 per year.
  6. Buy Carbon Offsets.  You can offset your carbon footprint by purchasing these.  The contribution supports programs & technologies that reduce or prevent carbon or greenhouse gas emissions.  Carbon Offsets can usually be purchased through your energy provider. 

And if you really want to make reducing your carbon footprint fun go to www.CarbonRally.com!   

Wanna know what your carbon footprint is? http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html