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How to reduce your carbon footprint

Almost everything we do, from brushing our teeth in the morning to switching on our computer at work has an impact on the environment. While not everybody is destined to be an eco-warrior there are a number of simple and practical things that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

Carbon footprint? Before we start painting your life green perhaps we should take a step back and look at what carbon footprint actually means. A carbon footprint measures the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by the activities of an individual or organisation or even a country. It is these greenhouse gases that are one of the main causes of climate change. In a nutshell the life you lead and the choices that you make on a daily basis contribute in some way towards climate change. Time to do better? If you are interested in reducing the impact that your life has on Mother Earth then read on.  

1. Say no to plastic and use reusable bags when you do your shopping
2. Buy green cleaning products wherever possible
3. Use less electricity - read our blog on running an energy efficient geyser
4. Raising livestock produces greenhouse gases so choose to eat one less serving of meat and dairy a week
5. Recycle your household waste
6. Filter your water if you don't drink tap bottled water is an environmental no-no
7. Read your favourite magazines and newspapers online
8. Telecommute instead of meeting face-to-face wherever possible
9. Use less water Water Wise has some great ideas
10. Use rechargeable batteries for children's toys etc.


Climate change is a hard and fast reality. While we might not all have the time or the money to grow our own vegetables or buy an electric car there is a lot that we can do as individuals to make a difference. Remember the saying, We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors we only borrow it from our children'.

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