Get weekly emails with actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint!
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the messages about climate change and global warming? Do you wonder what you can do that would really make a difference and help with the solution? Would you like to know some ways to reduce your carbon footprint?
Our weekly emails are designed to give you some action items that will reduce your carbon footprint – meaning reduce the amount of CO2 that is emitted into the atmosphere. Almost everything we buy and do has a footprint, so even changing small things will make a big difference.
Each email will include:
- Suggested changes to try for the week.
- Data to help you determine your “Why.”
- Actions to share with local community.
Example of Weekly Email Content…
Take your own water bottle every where you go – metal is best
First of all, the raw materials to make the bottles are transported in vehicles powered by fossil fuels. The amount of CO2 and other pollutants depends on how far it has traveled and by what method. Trucks have a larger footprint than by rail. This can represent up to 29% of the carbon footprint of the plastic bottle.
Manufacturing of the plastic accounts for the highest percentage of a plastic bottles footprint. Petroleum hydrocarbon and natural gas are heated to very high temperatures in the process. This creates smaller hydrocarbon molecules which are then combined in several different ways. Your water bottle is usually made with a PET resin. The energy needed to produce the PET resin represents about 30% of the carbon footprint of your plastic bottle.
So we have the resin and now we need more energy to turn that into plastic bottles. It is melted and injected into molds to form bottles. This accounts for about 8% of the carbon footprint of your water bottle.
Every step takes energy which comes from fossil fuels, including cleaning, filling, storing and packaging plastic bottles. Waste generation, including carting plastic bottles to landfills, adds to a bottle’s carbon footprint. The total of these processes can represent 33 percent of a plastic bottle’s carbon footprint.
- 1 Ton of PET = 3 Tons of CO2 (30.3 million tons were produced in 2017)
- 1 Liter bottle = 3.4 megajoules of energy
- 1 Liter of water takes 3 Liters to produce
Humans buy 1 Million plastic bottles per minute
Pacific Institute estimates that the total amount of energy embedded in our use of bottled water can be as high as the equivalent of filling a plastic bottle one quarter full with oil.
What about recycling the bottle?
You can see by the above numbers that production of plastic resin is usually the major contributor to the carbon footprint of a plastic bottle. Recycling can reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses by an estimated 30 to 70 percent.
But the best thing you can do is to purchase a metal reusable bottle and take it everywhere you go!
Ask for beverages in your own mug and refuse plastic disposable cups
We as individuals can make a big difference. Just imagine your favorite coffee shop or lunch spot offering only reusable cups. Think about the numbers presented above. Big impact, right? All you have to do is make the suggestion, and maybe some of your friends are doing the same. Plus, the business saves money not buying disposable plastic cups, and on disposing of those items.