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5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Not all of us can afford to drive a hybrid car or install solar panels in our homes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reduce your carbon footprint. Actually, there are a lot of ways to go green on the cheap; here are just five of them that you can practice on a daily basis:

1. Buy Local and Organic

It’s estimated that the average American meal travels 1,500 miles to get from farm to plate. That means the average American travels the equivalent of 4,500 miles a day just by eating. Not to mention, the pesticides used on crops account for 3 percent of the 100-year Global Warming Potential.

As you can probably imagine, transporting food over such long distances is a huge fossil fuel suck, emitting tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In combination with the harmful effects of pesticides, simply eating can be hugely damaging to the environment. But, buying local and organic is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Food you buy at the farmer’s market travels significantly less distance, and is usually organic.

2. Bike to Work

The average 10 mile round-trip commute 5 days a week for a year uses 124 gallons of gas and emits 1.3 tons of CO2, if you’re driving a midsize car.

Over a lifetime, that gas and CO2 emission can really add up. One of the best ways to cut down on your CO2 emissions, and your gas bill, is to bike to work. Obviously not everyone has the option of biking to work, but if you’re considering it, this interactive infographic from BikeGuard might help you decide.

Biking is not only good for the environment, but it’s obviously great for your health, too.

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Adria Saracino

Adria Saracino is the Head of Outreach at Distilled, an Internet marketing agency, where she connects businesses and helps them establish meaningful partnerships. You can also find Adria talking and tweeting about fashion through her blog, The Emerald Closet.


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7:12AM PDT on May 1, 2013

3 out of 5...I cannot afford to buy organic...and I walk

5:21PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

Sharing, thanks

4:10PM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Excellent advice, thanks.

9:47AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Look at the website for solutions to the stand by problem.

12:46AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

All good. Thanks.

12:55PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

Yes, we must all reduce our footprint!

3:59AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012


10:07PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Thanks , three R:s, bike and unplugging in use already and more to come.

3:29AM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thank you.

4:26AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Nice post. Thanks for making us all aware of the facts so that each of us can contribute in saving our environment and the earth.

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