02 Jun '11, 6pm

10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint while shopping

10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint while shopping

Everything you buy has an effect on your carbon footprint — the amount of CO2 your lifestyle generates. The kind of food and clothing you buy makes a difference. Artificial fertilizers and pesticides, used to grow most food and cotton, are derived from oil and natural gas, and their manufacture is energy-intensive and emits CO2. When you buy anything made of timber from non-sustainable forests there is an additional impact on your carbon footprint. Trees are the “lungs” of our world — they transform CO2 into oxygen, thereby reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. The number of miles your goods have traveled to get from their source to your home makes a difference. All else being equal, the greater the distance, the greater the CO2 emitted, especially if they have been transported by air. Shopping trips by car add CO2 to the atmosphere.

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