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5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

3. Ditch the Bottled Water

Yes, you should definitely be drinking water, but you shouldn’t let your hydration habit kill the planet. Bottled water is a double negative: the plastic used to make the bottles is made from petroleum, and most bottles end up in the trash instead of recycling.

A more environmentally and wallet-friendly solution is to buy a water filtration pitcher or a reusable filtered water bottle. This ensures that you can guzzle all the filtered water you need in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way.

4. The Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

This tip almost goes without saying. Almost. Western countries are known for excessive and wasteful consumption; Americans alone create 4.4 pounds of waste each per day. You can change this by actively reducing how much you use; be conscious of what you buy and use, don’t use products with excessive packaging or other wasted materials.

Take time to reuse whatever you can, like plastic bags, paper bags, and water. Whatever you can’t reuse, make sure you either compost or recycle.

5. Unplug When Not in Use

Powered down electronics and appliances still use energy when they’re plugged in, known as vampire or standby energy, and can not only drain your wallet, but also waste fossil fuel generated energy. Appliances and electronics such as your TV, home computer, printer, coffeemaker, cell phone charger, and internet all use energy even when they’re turned off. The only way to avoid this is to unplug your appliances and electronics when you’re not using them. Is this a pain? Yes, but it’s definitely less painful than long-term CO2 emission. Oh, and don’t forget to recycle your electronics when you’re done with them.

Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to be a painful, life-altering decision. There are plenty of little, everyday habits you can change in order to “go green.” If you feel like committing to all five of these steps is too much, try taking them one at a time.

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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 wattsclever.com 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

Thanks.

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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