How to reduce your ecological footprint?
The term “ecological footprint” is used more and more in our society. Which is a fairly good representation of the importance of this term. This term means how damaging certain actions or actions of a person are for the environment. The larger the ecological footprint, the more dramatic the impact on the environment of the person in question. So it’s important to keep your own ecological footprint as small as possible.
What is an ecological footprint?
First of all we’ll talk about what an ecological footprint actually means.
An ecological footprint is the impact of a persons possesions and activities on the
environment expressed in the area of biologically productive land and water to produce the goods consumed and to assimilate the waste and pollution generated. In brief: how much biological capacity of the planet is required by a person.
Different ways to keep your footprint small.
On the one hand, you can do this by avoiding actions that are not climate-friendly, but many people want to avoid this because this often has direct consequences for the luxury people live in. Although his does not always have to be the case (read more in this blog). On the other hand, it is also possible to reduce the ecological footprint by compensating for climate-unfriendly actions, for example by planting trees or cleaning up litter.
A couple easy tips to change your ecological footprint.
- Avoid the use of disposable plastic bags. This is easy to do by purchasing a linen bag, for example. The pollution that comes with the disposable bags is huge.
- Skip a meat meal. Processing meat requires the use of a lot of water and also involves a lot of pollution.
- Use the bicycle as a means of transport. Do you have to go to the bakery? use the bicycle! Every time a car is not used, it does not pollute! It also offers the additional advantage that you participate in physical activity. Which means this is healthy for both you and the planet!
- Support the local economy. Replace shopping at department stores with shopping at local shops where possible. Any product that is not moved but made and sold locally saves CO2 pollution from transportation.
- Don't buy fast fashion. Cheap fashion is often of inferior quality, which results in more garments being worn out every year that end up in the garbage dump. So invest in a good quality garment. This has a positive effect on both nature and your wardrobe.