Everything you do has an impact on the environment. That’s the concept behind your carbon footprint, which is one method of measuring the environmental effect of your lifestyle. A carbon footprint, measured in tons, indicates the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are produced as a result of your daily activities. You can reduce your footprint by changing the way you live your life. Even seemingly tiny changes can make a significant difference.

1- Reduce consumption. Reuse items when you can. Recycle your waste.

2- Bring your own mug to your favorite coffee shop. Paper cups are not always recycled.

3- Use reusable bags for grocery shopping.

4- Use rechargeable batteries to reduce your carbon footprint by up to 1,000 pounds over the life of the batteries.

5- Try to use something other than black plastic garbage bags. The black bags can’t be recycled because of their black pigment.

6- Only use your dryer, dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load; don’t do half loads. This reduces the number of loads and energy consumption.

7- Don’t leave household appliances on standby as they will continue to consume a great deal of energy. Invest in a power strip into which you can plug them all and switch it off when you are not using them.

Sources of Inspiration:

1- http://green.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_reduce_your_carbon_footprint
2- http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/carbon-footprint-reduce-it-2526.html