It’s a New Year and we are adding a New Category to our
Community Carbon Challenge – The Other 20%.
SHOP LOCAL – to reduce your carbon footprint.
Lockdowns have accelerated the move to online shopping, with global e-commerce sales expected to more than double by 2022.
While online shopping is convenient, it requires an army of centralized warehouses, planes, delivery trucks, and packaging that wreaks havoc on the environment.
According to a recent report released by Oceana, Amazon alone generated 465 million pounds of fossil based plastic packaging waste in 2019 enough to circle the Earth 500 times (in the form of plastic air pillows)
When you shop locally you lower the carbon footprint of the goods you purchase by reducing the transport and packaging they require. When you make a purchase, from a local independent retailer, the money you spend stays in your community and supports local families. When you “shop local” you also embrace what makes your community unique.
Many restaurants are offering delivery and pickup but check for delivery options at places other than restaurants. Your local produce vendor, hardware, toy store, flower shop, bookstore or clothing boutique may not have their usual storefront, but many are providing delivery or curbside pickup.
*New* – Shop Local – I will whenever possible buy the goods and services I need from a local business. FACT: We all like to buy stuff online but Amazon alone generated 465 million pounds of fossil based plastic packaging waste in 2019 enough to circle the Earth 500 times (in the form of plastic air pillows) Source
REPAIR Everything TO REDUCE your CARBON Footprint
It prolongs the lifespan of an item and reduces the demand for new. It conserves resources and saves you money. It keeps items out of landfill. It incentivizes quality production, decreases toxic mining, and creates jobs in independent repair shops.
With product supply chains extending half-way around the world or more, repair cuts carbon footprints by reducing the need for long distance shipping.
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When you repair you – learn about how things work, experience a sense of accomplishment, preserve heirloom and unique items.
But how do I repair stuff? You tube videos and the resources at i-fixit are just two of the great resources available.
*New* – Repair Everything – I will repair whenever possible rather than throw away and replace. FACT: 2020 was the year in which the weight of “human-made mass”—all the stuff we’ve built and accumulated—exceeded the weight of biomass on the planet. Source
The Carbon Footprint of Getting Dressed
“For today’s kids fashion is less about fitting in and more about making choices that reflect their own identity…being able to ‘do something’ – upcycling, customizing or reusing rather than discarding”
The apparel industry is responsible for 8 percent of carbon emissions and a third of microplastic pollution in our oceans. Clothing manufacturing gobbles up enough freshwater to fill 32 million Olympic-size pools every year.
Buying a used garment extends its life on average by 2.2 years, which reduces its carbon, waste and water footprint by 73 percent.
*New*- The Carbon Footprint of Getting Dressed – I will buy fewer new clothes, repair what I have, and look for good used clothing. FACT: Buying a used garment extends its life on average by 2.2 years, reducing its carbon, waste and water footprint by 73 percent. Source
The Foodprint of Food Packaging
Modern food packaging provides a way to make food safe, reliable, shelf-stable and clean. Unfortunately, most packaging is designed as single-use, To minimise the negative effects of packaging on the environment, we need to reduce packaging waste.
The carbon footprint of plastic (LDPE or PET, polyethylene) is about 6 kg CO2 per kg of plastic.
We can all help reverse this trend. When you shop:
- carry a reusable water bottle and /or coffee cup with you
- use reusable grocery bags
- buy unpackaged food whenever possible
- buy food that can be transported home in your own refillable container
- when packaging is necessary, look for foods with the least packaging
According to the CBC Documentary Plastic Wars the problem is only going to get worse. By 2050, it’s estimated the global production of plastic will triple. As the oil and gas industry — which provides the source materials for plastics — faces a future of declining demand for fuel, it has turned to other markets.
*New* – The “Foodprint” of Food Packaging. I will buy foods with less packaging when I grocery shop. FACT: The carbon footprint of plastic (LDPE or PET, polyethylene) is about 6 kg CO2 per kg of plastic. Source
It is called “phantom” or “standby” power, and it could account for up to 10 per cent of your home’s energy use. The average Canadian home has 25 or more electronic devices that use phantom power, producing about 157 kg CO2 e, costing you about $150 a year. See how much energy your electronics really use and the top ten ways to fight the phantoms.
Find smart ways to save in every room of your house from Hydro One in the Phantom Power Room-by-Room Guide
Pledge to reduce your carbon footprint→ here
*New* – “Phantom” or “standby” Power – I will unplug electronic devices that are not being used. FACT: The average Canadian home has 25 or more electronic devices that use phantom power, producing about 157 kg CO2 e, costing about $150 a year. source
The impact of tires on your Carbon Footprint and your Health
Your tire inflation and tire maintenance practices can play an important role in reducing the impact of personal vehicles on the environment and health.
- How? Underinflated tires increase fuel consumption.
- In fact, every additional litre of fuel your vehicle uses, will release 2.4 kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2) – a major greenhouse gas.
- Collectively, this means that improper tire maintenance practices waste over 500 million litres of fuel and cause an additional 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 to be emitted into the atmosphere.
- Improper tire maintenance also shortens the life of your tires. Replacing your tires more often means that more tires go to landfills or recycling, and more energy is then used to produce new tires or to recycle them. Again, this has an impact on the environment and our health.
Driving your vehicle with just one tire underinflated by 56 kPa (8 psi) will increase your fuel consumption by 4%, costing you money and releasing extra emissions into the atmosphere.
Find out more – Here
*New*– The impact of tires on carbon footprint – I will check my tire pressure at least once a month. FACT: Driving your vehicle with just one tire underinflated by 56 kPa (8 psi) will increase your fuel consumption by 4%, costing you money and releasing extra emissions into the atmosphere. .Source