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.