In honor of Earth Day 2021, we’ve compiled four easy ideas you can implement to make your everyday life more sustainable.
Green Idea One
A simple way to reduce your carbon footprint is to understand how much carbon you are emitting. You can use this calculator, from The Nature Conservancy, to learn about your habits, and how to start making a difference. According to their website, “The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest rates in the world.” After understanding which decisions might help you conserve more (like avoiding flights with connections), there are a few simple switches you can make to easily decrease your negative impact.
“Composting is great, because like Zeftron’s nylon, which can be recycled over and over without losing any performance, the waste you produce can actually be turned into super-rich potting soil for future gardens!”
Green Idea Two
Kathryn Kellogg, founder of Going Zero Waste, offers millions of great tips on her website on how to reduce your footprint. A great place to start is her 30-day zero waste challenge. Start by challenging yourself or your household to create less food waste in a week.
Whether that’s by using a part of a vegetable you normally discard, or by beginning a backyard composting bin. Composting is great, because like Zeftron’s nylon, which can be recycled over and over without losing any performance, the waste you produce can actually be turned into super-rich potting soil for future gardens! Composting alone can drastically reduce the amount of trash you throw away each week.
Green Idea Three
An immediate way to make an impact in your own home is to contact your energy company and consider switching to a green provider that ensures all of the energy you use is supplied by clean energy sources. This may in fact lower your monthly energy bill, which would be a win/win! Secondly, if you don’t already own a learning thermostat, you may want to look into purchasing a system that “learns” your energy usage habits, and automatically reduces usage and cost.
Green Idea Four
Lastly, meat consumption has one of the largest negative impacts on our carbon footprint. If going fully vegetarian or vegan seems unrealistic, try making smaller changes like instituting a “Meatless Monday” or picking new weekly plant-based recipes to try!
As a brand that offers 25% recycled content in every color, contributes to LEED points and is MBDC Cradle to Cradle Certified™ as a 100% fully recyclable yarn system, we strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible.
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