Most of us are people of routine. This is important when we’re talking reducing our carbon footprint because it really comes down to good/bad habits. How we live each day does impact on our world starting with the products we buy, how we get around and what power sources we guzzle up.
To help you out, the awesome Sacred Grounds Organic team have shared their top tips on how they personally reduce their carbon footprint each day. They’re super-practical tips, tried and tested so you know if we can do it, so can you! It’s also a great way to meet each member of the Sacred Grounds family, so you can feel right at home when you visit us each week.
10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint, Sacred Grounds-style
1. Replace light bulbs – Ed Ngampongpan (Account Manager)
One of the easiest and most practical ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to simply change a lightbulb or two or three. There are so many energy efficient options on the market and it will only take you a few minutes to change over – too easy! Also, if you’re not sure how energy efficient your home is, you can get it assessed. This includes checking your heating/cooling devices as well as water usage.
2. Reduce meat intake – Alexandra Woodward (Marketing Manager)
Did you know that around 37% of methane emissions worldwide come from livestock? Although it’s not often discussed in the mainstream media, this is a big problem when it comes to global warming, which is why it’s something Alexandra is passionate about. It doesn’t mean you have to become a vegetarian or anything, just cut down on meat one or two times a week and try something new – too easy! The Healthy Chef has some deliciously healthy meat-free recipes you’ll love.
3. Transport – Kristina Chang (Admin)
Kristina’s number one tip is to keep the car at home and bike or walk whenever you can. She says, “I do a lot of walking everywhere. Is that because of the environment or my lack of driving abilities?” We know the truth, Kristina! Walking or biking is not only great for the environment but for your mental and physical health. Just give yourself a bit more time in the morning and you’ll be doing the world and (dare I say it) your waistline a huge favour.
4. Solar, solar, solar – Helena Yates (General Manager)
We live in the sunburnt country so why not take advantage of all that beautiful FREE energy and use it with those energy-sapping devices we love so much. You can even use it to heat your water so you never run out! Hands up who loves ice-cold showers? Helena has popped some solar panels on her roof that has put an incredible 50% of their household usage back into the grid, saving money and reducing their carbon footprint. Bonus!
5. Snub super-sized supermarkets – Heidi Campbell (Admin)
One of the problems with big stores like Coles and Woolies is where they source their products from. Many are imported which obviously means they’ve had to travel some distance to reach those shiny old shelves. Compared with smaller stores that source local produce, these supermarkets have a massive carbon footprint which is why Heidi chooses to shop at her local farmer’s market or health food store.
6. BYO Coffee cup – Ed Ngampongpan (Account Manager)
There are so many funky reusable coffee mug/cups around that you can proudly take to your local cafe. Most baristas will happily fill them up with your favourite brew without batting an eyelid. Pop your travel mug or favourite coffee cup in your man/handbag and, after a while you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint without even thinking about it. Top tip, Ed!
7. Live plastic-free – Alexandra Woodward (Marketing Manager)
As much as it’s humanly possible, Alexandra says a big fat “NO” to plastic bags and packaging. Think about storing reusable shopping bags in the boot of your car so you’re never caught short. Also choose loose vegetables/fruit and carry them home in a box. Buy your meat from a deli and drink your water out of a glass or a reusable bottle instead of forking out umpteen dollars for bottle water.
8. The 3 R’s – Recycle, Recycle, Recycle – Helena Gates (General Manager)
Helena is a passionate recycler to the point where her recycling bin is always full. Go Helena! From everything cardboard to tins, from bottles to green waste, there are so many easy ways that you can put your rubbish to good use. It’s all about being organised. But why stop with rubbish? If you have clothing, furniture or anything in pretty good nick lying around, don’t just dump it at the tip, call the Salvos (or any other charity) and they’ll come and pick it up for you. Your ‘trash’ is bound to be someone else’s treasure.
9. Dry clothes outside – Ed Ngampongpan (Account Manager)
Ed says forget the dreaded dryer that sucks your energy and shrinks your clothes. Good old sunshine with a sprinkling of light wind is brilliant for keeping clothes in great condition (if hung inside-out) and smelling fresh as a daisy. Natural sunlight can also kill those nasty bugs that seem to go ’round and ’round, so your family/household will stay a lot healthier. Think about installing a second clothes line under cover for rainy patches and you’ll be laughing!
10. Buy local – Paul Albano (Account Manager)
Paul agrees with Heidi about avoiding the big supermarkets and shop at farmer’s markets if possible. Your carbon footprint will be reduced dramatically by choosing local produce that only travel a short distance. At the end of the day, these products are usually fresher, tasting a whole lot better than those that spend hours or even days on planes, boats or in those pesky trucks.
On that note, Sacred Grounds Organic is proud to present our new Australian Single Origin Coffee from the beautiful region of Byron Bay on the north coast of New South Wales. Ticking all the boxes, this delish coffee has been certified organic and is available for a limited time. To order click here.
How important is your carbon footprint to you?