5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

5 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Our planet is warming faster than ever before. In fact, Earth is currently 1°C warmer than preindustrial levels, and climate scientists from around the globe are warning that even half a degree above 1.5°C will lead to significant risks of drought, floods, extreme heat, and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. We are all responsible for doing our part to ensure the preservation of our planet so here are 5 lifestyle hacks to reduce your carbon footprint! 

Switch to Natural Deodorant

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If the thought of swapping your go-to antiperspirant for an all-natural deodorant gives you goosebumps, take a deep breath and hear us out. While antiperspirants keep your pits dry, they’re usually packed with nasty ingredients like aluminum zirconium, aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, triclosan, and propylene glycol. Not to mention, recycling your traditional deodorant container is much harder than you think. While the entire tubes are typically made of plastic, not all the components (like the dial on the bottom, the cap, and protective insert) are made of the same recyclable plastic. To avoid confusion, and harm to the planet, Calgary’s Routine packages their all-natural formulas in glass containers. They have also implemented a refill program!

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Opt for Beeswax

You probably reach for aluminum foil or plastic wrap when it comes to storing your leftovers in the fridge. But in the past few years, a remarkable alternative has emerged. Beeswax Wrap is made from cotton (or hemp) and coated in a mixture of beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil. This combination makes the wrap easy to mold to dishes and food, and super protective. The best part about this eco-friendly alternative is that it is reusable for at least one year!

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Invest in Reusable Bags

While the mass production of plastic only began six decades ago, 8.3 billion metric tons of it has already accumulated. Of that total, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste and only nine percent has been recycled. In the last few years, government bodies have made a move to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills, bodies of water, drainage systems, and forests by imposing fees for plastic bags in grocery stores. Reusable bags are definitely the better option, you still have to be conscious of the material they are made from. Bags made from hemp and cotton are more environmentally friendly than reusable plastic. You can find a wide variety of reusable bags — including bags for your bread and produce — at The Apothecary in Inglewood, Calgary’s most historical neighbourhood.

Shop (and donate) Less

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Fast fashion is a term used to describe fashion retailers, such as Forever 21 and Zara, that mass manufacture and sell trendy garments in a matter of weeks without consideration for the environment or workers. It is estimated that 80 billion items of clothing, which is enough to fill over a million football stadiums, are delivered out of factors annually worldwide. Global clothing consumption produces 850 million tonnes of CO2 per year, and the average Canadian throws out 14 kg of textile waste a year. Fortunately, combatting the fast fashion industry is easier then you think! Buying less and out of necessity rather than pleasure is a great first step. You can learn more about the fashion revolution here.

Get on the Green Beauty Bandwagon

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Anesthetic gases and disposable surgical instruments as well as gloves, masks, gowns, and drapes, all contribute to global warming. So does the 120 billion units of plastic packaging that is produced every year by the global cosmetic industry. Thankfully, the green beauty movement has gained significant traction over the last couple of years with the emergence of eco-friendly packaging and natural treatments. The Löschn Method utilizes reusable steel tools to guide away excess fluid, agitate collagen, and reduce the symptoms of fatigue and stress. All the procedures are noninvasive which means there are no harmful chemicals, local anesthetic, or gases involved. When you book your next facial at Löschn Facial Bar in Calgary, you are jumping on the green beauty bandwagon and making a great eco-friendly choice!

Daryn Tessier