3 Ways to Reduce your Carbon Footprint
Combating climate change is no simple feat and it’s quite daunting to know where to begin. That’s why we have found three effective and relatively simple ways you can reduce your environmental impact.
1. Eat Fresh & Less Meat
Did you know that livestock (meat and dairy) make up 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions? The meat industry has a major impact on the environment through greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and land degradation. By eating less meat and/or supporting local meat sources you can reduce your environmental impact significantly. You can reduce your carbon footprint by 8 pounds every day that you don’t consume meat. Food transportation is another factor having a significant impact on the environment. Transporting and cooling food requires fossil fuels, therefore eating foods that are local, in season and organic reduces your environmental footprint.
2. Do Laundry in Cold Water
Washing your clothes in cold water is better for the environment as cold water is gentler on your clothing and requires less energy from the washing machine. If you do two loads of laundry per week in cold water as opposed to hot water you can reduce your carbon footprint by up to 500 pounds per year.
3. Recycle More
Recycling is something you may already be doing, but you might be curious about improving your recycling efforts. A good thing to remember is if a bin has instructions, make sure to follow them. It's also helpful to ensure none of your items have any liquid or food waste and to avoid smaller items like bottle caps and straws because these can be harder to process. Remember, recycling isn't just for food packaging. You can recycle you skincare products too. All Nuria products can be recycled, and to find local recycling information you can enter your zip code here.
Beyond recycling, it’s important to use products that can actually be broken down or reused. For example, the microbeads found in common exfoliating scrubs do not break down naturally and can be harmful to both the environment and your skin barrier. We recommend instead opting for a gentle exfoliator that leverages natural ingredients like Ginkgo for exfoliation.