We can all do our part to live more sustainably. Sustainable practices support ecological, human, and economic health and vitality. Sustainability presumes that resources are finite, and should be used conservatively and wisely with a view to long-term priorities and consequences of the ways in which resources are used. In simplest terms, sustainability is about our children and our grandchildren, and the world we will leave them.
In recent years, we have finally gotten to the point where meaningful sustainable change has quickly become the new standard. Practically every aspect of life, and corresponding industry, is aware that meaningful and sustainable change can happen.
We can all create sustainable change
The typical American’s annual per capita carbon footprint is over five times the world per capita average. While the average person in Canada produces an equivalent of 14.2 tonnes of CO2 as of 2019. And unsurprisingly, “billionaires have carbon footprints that can be thousands of times higher than those of average Americans.”
According to the the U.S. Consumer Expenditure Survey and World Input-Output Database, “20% of all U.S. emissions are directly attributed to household consumption. If you consider indirect emissions, this figure is closer to 80%.”
Meanwhile, “Transportation and housing contribute over 60% to the total domestic carbon footprint of U.S. households. Supply chain emissions from services – such as health care, banking and lodging – and food contribute the next largest amounts.”
As it turns out, making subtle changes to work towards a more sustainable life at home can make a difference. For households around the globe, the focus on sustainable living to improve the planet has started to garner the attention it deserves.
Reducing your carbon footprint at home
Given how much time is spent at home these days as we live, work and play, sustainable home living should be at the forefront. When it comes to reducing your carbon footprint at home, it is about recognizing that seemingly small changes – like switching to green energy, growing your own produce, going paperless, donating used items, driving less, or getting rid of single use plastics – can add up over time.
Everything you do at home has an impact on the planet, from the food you eat to the car you drive. And it’s small changes which could help you to lessen your environmental impact. As you become more sustainable you strengthen your committment to protect the earth for future generations.
Why this has never been so important
Wondering how to reduce your carbon footprint and shift towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable approach to living? Start with awareness and a deeper understanding of your impact on the planet.
Sustainable living practices can yield significant rewards for your personal life, environment and even your business. You can save money by reducing waste and increasing efficiency; lessen health and safety risks; attract environmentally conscious consumers and employees; and differentiate yourself from competitors.
We have reached a tipping point. It’s time to build a strong foundation for living a sustainable life, and it starts at home.
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