Struggling with a difficult financial position can have a negative impact upon nearly every part of your life, but one big dilemma that can stem from a lack of funds is an increased carbon footprint. It’s more likely you’re going to buy a prepackaged meal to heat up on the microwave rather than investing in a heap of dry ingredients to cook for yourself, whilst it’s easy to eat through endless electricity attempting to occupy your time and distract yourself by watching TV or using a computer—these occurrences can push your carbon footprint to near breaking point, so there’s no time like the present to begin adapting your anti-eco lifestyle to be kinder to the planet.
Luckily you needn’t spend a fortune to achieve eco-conscious status, as there are many cheap and cheerful tips that you can utilise to make a real difference today:
Change Your Eating Habits
Though you may not initially associate your diet with your carbon footprint, the food that you eat does in fact contribute massively to your overall impact on the planet. Eating lots of red meat as well as a large amount of ‘global’ items that have travelled for hundreds of miles to reach you is most definitely going to increase your negative impact on mother nature, but luckily you can easily start to make a change for the better.
Switching over to a plant based diet that avoids the use of animal products could be your first port of call, as rearing animals is one of the most harmful activities—it takes hundreds of litres of water to successfully raise an animal, and they produce considerable waste in the process. Deciding to eat local is another effective idea, as buying fruits and vegetables from your local farm store will help you to cut down the total distance your food has had to travel to reach your plate.
Adapt Your Home
The amount of energy that you use at home can sometimes feel very difficult to control, as there are many essential tasks that take up considerable electricity that simply cannot be avoided. Rather than attempting to shower in less than 3 minutes, why not switch your energy provider to one who utilises renewable sources? Many of the big energy brands exist thanks to nuclear power, or other similar non-renewable finite resources that have a negative impact on the environment. On the other hand, exploring a more eco-conscious alternative such as Tesla solar panels that are powered only by the light of the sun are going to be far more sustainable.
Many energy providers are committed to using solar power (and wind energy in breezy locations), so finding a suitable brand that you can switch to will remove the cost of installing solar panels on your own.
Becoming more environmentally friendly without having to spend a fortune in the process has never been so easy when you can take the time to utilise the brilliant tips and tricks that have been carefully detailed above.
*Photos by Uriel Mont