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Simple Tips To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.

Updated on June 11, 2012

Pacific Garbage Patch

Re-think how you do your everyday tasks.

Many will agree that we as humans tend to perform a lot of the same tasks everyday. From washing clothes to washing ourselves, the way in which we perform these tasks can really make a difference to our environment.

Washing Clothes In Cold Water Only.

In most industrialized areas of the world, almost every household has a washer and dryer. I've noticed a reduction in my utility bill by simply turning the wash temperature setting on my washing machine to cold water for both the wash and rinse cycles. And of course the more you can save on electricity, the less carbon emissions spew out of the power plant.

I've also noticed that many laundry soap manufactures today advertise brands of soaps that claim to work just as well in cold water. I've tried a couple but find that almost all brand name detergents work just fine in cold water. Really no need to spend more for a brand that claims super cleaning in cold water.

Use A Longer Lasting Washcloth Instead Of A Plastic "Scrunchie"

You know the ones I'm talking about. Those plastic body buffs that really do a great job at lathering up the body wash. Yeah, I loved them too but one day I got to thinking, "just how many of these plastic buffs have I thrown away in the last year?" Too many to count. And where did they end up? Most likely they found their way into the local landfill. And for many, have migrated into our oceans and waterways ending up in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

By showering with a cotton or bamboo fiber washcloth, you can be assured that once it's useful life is finally done, throwing it away will not contribute to the plastification of the planet.

Reduce Plastic Waste By Buying Bar Soap.

By purchasing bars of soap, which almost all use a simple paper or cardboard package, instead of body wash you eliminate one more plastic bottle that gets tossed into the landfill. Think about what would happen if all 7 billion people on the planet started doing this. That would be 7 billion less plastic bottles tossed in the trash.

Consume Tap Water In An Aluminum Bottle.

Lets face it. Bottled water is everywhere. From mini-marts, restaurants to vending machines, turn your head sideways and you'll find yourself looking at a bottle of the stuff. One news story has a lot to say about just how safe that expensive brand of bottled water is. And expensive it is. One vending machine I checked out was welling the stuff for over $2.50! Outrageous.

I use an aluminum bottle to drink out of not because it's cheap but because if I ever lose it or it gets smashed I won't feel bad that it'll be in the dump taking 5,000 years decomposing. Aluminium is an element after all and an added bonus is that it won't leech nasty hormone disrupting BPA's into my body. Oh, be sure to look carefully in the bottle when shopping for one. If you see a yellowish coating on the inside, take care to see if that coating is BPA free. Most of the bottles made in China are not so shop carefully.

There are hundreds more tips I could write about. Performing a simple internet search for plastic reducing tips will yield so many more. I could write a book but in this article I just wanted to stay simple and offer something you could do right away to affect a small change for the better. Imagine if all 7 billion of us were to start today.


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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Yes I also agree with Outbound Dan, this hub is well written and the meaning or purpose behind it is significant in more ways than one.

      Thanks John for sharing such an intuitive resource on how to reduce our waste into our daily lives and environment also known as our "Carbon Footprint".

      Your headed to the top with this one, and I've followed you already, because I had a good feeling that you would be one of the writers on here, I would grow to like. This is my third one so far I've read of yours and I'm gonna keep going into many more in the near future. Awesome stuff!!

      I'll also share this outside of hubpages for ya. Good Luck!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm doing most of these things already, and didn't even know I was reducing my footprint. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Dan Human 6 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Fantastic hub John and one that everyone should read. If we all did small things like you suggested if would add up greatly and make a huge impact. Thanks!