We care about the environment, and we are taking steps to try and reduce the carbon footprint of the university. But we are also trying to reduce our own carbon footprints too.
Want to know what your carbon footprint is before you start? You can take the test here.
Here are some tips on how you can reduce your own carbon footprint when it comes to the things we buy and use.
- Buy second hand. A lot of clothes contain plastic materials, and you’re not just reducing waste if you buy second hand, but you are reducing the amount of plastic that will be produced to make the clothes too.
- Try and cut down on online shopping, most items are delivered in plastic packaging, and when things are convenient we tend to buy more than we would if we have to physically go to the high-street to shop.
- Be UK conscious, if you do have to shop online, try and buy from UK sellers instead of sellers overseas, to cut down on the carbon emissions from delivery (but it’s still better to go to the shop and buy the items in person).
- Instead of buying people a lot of stuff for Christmas (and buying a lot of that online), consider buying your friends and family experiences instead. Maybe tickets to see a show that they will love, or a voucher for their favourite cinema, or why not book a holiday or day trip that you can share with them!
- “if you are a chatterbox using your mobile for an hour each day, the total adds up to more than 1 tonne CO2e per year – the equivalent of flying from London to New York, one way, in economy class.” (Source) so consider putting that phone down for a while and trying out a new hobby or visiting a friend in person.
- On the other hand if you’re still using electronics that you brought aaaages ago, you might want to consider upgrading to new models. Although this isn’t as good for consumption of raw materials, it will save a lot of energy in the long run as most new electronics have better energy saving technology. If you are worried about the consumption of raw materials, maybe spend a little more cash on the electronics that you buy instead of going for the cheapest option, as it should last you longer and won’t need to be replaces as quickly.
- Finally, we need to get out of the habit of being a throw-away society. We buy clothes for one holiday, upgrade to the new phone models every couple of months, use disposable cups and disposable dinnerware and we buy cheap gadgets that we’ll only use once then throw away when we realise we don’t need it any more. Small changes to buying things that will last a long time, or things that can be reused go a long way to helping your carbon footprint.
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